Less than 24 hours after Capital Region BOCES took delivery of a donation from Timco Transportation, Career and Technical School Diesel Tech students were fast at work looking for leaks in the tires and undertaking other exploratory maintenance.
“It’s great. We are the first to work on this,” said Cohoes junior Jacob Nichols.
Nichols and fellow junior Jacob Newell of Schoharie were working January 16 on a 2005 Cummins Volvo that Timco President Tim Adair donated just one day earlier.
“On my father’s side, we are all basically diesel mechanics. This is what we do. I love it,” Newell said.
Nichols and Newell are two of the approximately 40 diesel tech students currently enrolled in the program, which is located on the BOCES Albany campus. The Diesel Tech program prepares youth for careers as automotive/bus/truck technicians, heavy equipment repairmen, service managers and more.
Like every program at Capital Region BOCES, the Diesel Tech program benefits from strong industry partners like Timco that donate equipment and advise faculty and administrators on the latest in technological advances in the industry.
“Our partners are phenomenal in providing opportunities for students to learn on the very same equipment they will be asked to repair when they graduate,” said James Haas, work-based learning coordinator for Capital Region BOCES.