A nine-ton present for Lancaster County CTC students rolled into the lot behind the Diesel Equipment Technology lab last week. The shiny gift was a 2012 Freightliner Cascadia tractor graciously donated to the class by Sunrise Transport, Inc., in Ephrata, PA.
“The students are going to have a lot of fun working on this,” Instructor David Bolich said. He continued explaining that the new donation would allow students to practice on a more current vehicle, closer in age to those that are currently in trucking fleets.
Jason Burkman, Fleet Services Manager for Sunrise Transport, said that the donated truck has many modern systems like disc brakes, automatic transmission, collision avoidance, and more. He said the students would need experience working on these systems in the workforce.
Greg Goss, Vice President & General Manager of Sunrise Transport, said that the company is pleased to offer the truck to the LCCTC, saying that this was Sunrise Transport’s first such donation to the CTC.
“We hope that this donation will help the students and instructors and that the students will be that much more experienced after they finish their class,” Goss said.
Instructor Bolich said that Sunrise Transport has stated plans to donate a refrigeration unit to the LCCTC later in the school year. “Being able to work on a refrigeration unit with a large volume, like one in a refrigerated truck,” he said, “will allow our students to train for a 609 certification [for refrigeration].” He said that having such a certification could mean an extra dollar or two in a starting hourly salary.
The Diesel Tech students swarmed over their new “toy”, checking out the engine, peering down to inspect the dual axles, and climbing up into the driver’s seat.
“Wow! This thing even has seat warmers!” one student exclaimed.
The representatives from Sunrise Transport spoke to the students and encouraged them to keep up with their studies and apply themselves mastering their skills. They told the students that there were great opportunities available in the industry and that, if they finished school and earned their certifications, they themselves would be in great demand.