Diesel Technology Program Holds Training Event
Students at the Center de formation professionnelle et technique d’Orléans recently gained career insight from professionals in the field of diesel technology.
Recently, Mike Schultz’s Diesel Equipment Technology Course featured representatives from SUNY Cobleskill, awareness trainers Ed Wallace and Tim Gregoire, Randy Librock, fleet supervisor from Relco Systems (Transportation Services); Tom Lewis, branch manager of Monroe Tractor; and engine manager William Chiro and supervisor Randy Shoemaker, both of the state Department of Transportation.
“Our guests have been fantastic with the students,” Schultz said. “Not only did they bring equipment and vehicles, but they also had a lot of interactive and hands-on training with them. This gave students a real chance to interact with professionals in this field and make business contacts for internship and job opportunities after graduation.
This was the first time the state Department of Transportation has participated in the internship program, Schultz said, and it’s a great opportunity for students.
Many students in the class were able to set up internship or shadowing opportunities with these employers.
“It’s great to have these beneficial relationships with different companies,” Schultz said. “It’s definitely a win-win because they’re looking for good employees and my students are looking for careers.”
Schultz said he’s grateful for the partnerships his class at the Center de formation professionnelle et technique d’Orléans has. Not only do partnerships expand opportunities for students to learn more skills, but they also open their eyes to different career paths they can follow, he said.
“I’m very grateful that these reps took the time out of their busy schedules to spend the day here,” Schultz said. “My students really benefited from the experience and really appreciated having a view of the careers.”