Deutz Teams up with Gwinnett to Develop Diesel Techs | Construction News

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Deutz Corporation and Gwinnett Technical College of Lawrenceville, Ga., are helping students in the college’s heavy diesel service technician program prepare for their future careers.

As part of the new Deutz Technical Education Partnership, Deutz has donated seven diesel engines to the program, giving students hands-on experience with modern technology. 

“Our industry is suffering from a lack of well-trained technicians,” said Robert Mann, Deutz Corporation president and CEO. “Off-highway diesel engine emission regulations have become increasingly stringent, necessitating the use of electrical controls and exhaust after treatment systems. As a result, diesel engine technicians need additional in-depth training.”   

Gwinnett Tech’s heavy diesel service technician program educates students on both theory and diagnosis of the basic diesel engine systems found in heavy equipment, safety and fuel systems.

“The heavy diesel service technician program is at the core of our automotive service technology and automotive technology programs,” said Dr. D. Glen Cannon, president of Gwinnett Technical College. “This particular program attracts students who want to pursue careers in the diesel repair industry to Gwinnett Tech, and with our in-depth instruction and new equipment, we expect its popularity to grow. It is such a crucial program to our school, and it is an honor to partner with Deutz Corporation, a training and equipment leader in the diesel engine industry.”

By donating engines and training, Deutz hopes to help increase the number of trained diesel technicians available in the heavy equipment industry.

Students beginning the heavy diesel service technician program in August 2016 will have a full academic year to complete and obtain their certificates from Gwinnett Technical College. The program’s length allows students to immerse themselves in their training and develop extensive knowledge.

Approximately 40 students will be under the tutelage of Johnny Stalling, a Gwinnett Tech instructor with an extensive diesel engine background.  To further assist program students, Stalling will periodically return to Deutz Corporation for additional training. Deutz Corporation wants this partnership to be a lasting one, and keeping the program’s instructor supplied with the latest information will certainly help.

“The program itself is tied together with an internship at a local diesel equipment repair facility,” said Gail Edwards, dean of automotive and trades at Gwinnett Tech. “Because we’re able to offer this type of practical education, we’ve been able place 100% of our program’s graduates.”

“Tier 4 diesel engine technology can be quite complex,” said John Stahl, warranty and training manager for Deutz Corporation. “That’s why Deutz is also providing the school with our original factory electronic part catalog  and scan tools, so students will be familiar with OEM resources available in the field.”

Deutz Corporation plans to monitor the progress of a few students in the program to see how the new equipment and training have prepared them for their careers. Should the Deutz Technical Education Program with Gwinnett Tech prove successful, Deutz will roll the program out to other technical schools across the country.

“By putting Deutz products and training in the school, we hope to provide service managers with Deutz-powered equipment with more experienced, savvy technicians, should the need arise,” said Stahl.

“It is a pleasure to partner with a progressive school, especially one that has such a top-quality diesel program,” said Mann. “By working with Gwinnett Tech, we hope to ensure that diesel technicians receive the correct balance of mechanical and electronic training to establish long, productive and fulfilling careers.”

Caption: Pictured left to right are Mike Price, general manager, Nidec Elesys Americas Corporation and Gwinnett Tech Foundation chair; Robert Mann, president and CEO, Deutz Corporation; Dr. D. Glenn Cannon, president of Gwinnett Technical College; Matthew Holtkamp, owner of Holtkamp Heating and Air and member of the Gwinnett Tech Foundation Board of Trustees; Gail Edwards, dean of automotive and trades at Gwinnett Technical College.