McCoy Freightliner Partnership Supports Diesel Technician Growth.
“I learned great skills from my instructors at PCC, and I excelled in the Diesel Service Technology program. At the end of my last term, I accepted a job building prototype trucks for a large diesel truck manufacturer. I am grateful for the skills I learned at PCC that I use everyday building preproduction diesel trucks and installing prototype systems for testing.”
Everyone in the trucking industry is aware that drivers and technicians are in short supply. Technician forecast growth of 12% expected through 2024. McCoy Freightliner has partnered with Portland Community College (PCC) for many years.
McCoy Freightliner along with many local Truck Dealerships, Heavy Equipment Dealers and some Trucking Companies sit on PCC’s Advisory Board to help guide them in providing a quality education for prospective Diesel Technicians.
McCoy Freightliner currently employs nearly a dozen PCC Diesel Technician graduates. We continually are looking for ways to help PCC and other schools produce great Diesel Technicians, when Daimler Trucks of North America (DTNA) set out to help the Freightliner Dealers with recruiting, the GetAhead program was one of the first initiatives, PCC was one of the first schools enrolled in the GetAhead program (7/8/15).
This year DTNA released two new programs both aimed at the schools most utilizing the GetAhead program. The top 10 users of the GetAhead program were given the choice between “Trucks for Training” or “Training Aids for Schools Program”.
PCC was in the top 10 and choose the Trucks for Training program. That program enables the qualifying school to take advantage of a used Freightliner vehicle at a reduced price. DTNA, McCoy Freightliner, and the School participate in a 3 way cost split, providing a 2012 or newer Freightliner truck for a school to train with and learn today’s modern technology. The total value of the truck cannot exceed $45,000 on price. The vehicle will be inspected to make sure it is DOT compliant and is valued at the dealer’s selling price.
This truck will be used for training and recruiting students to PCC’s Diesel Service Technology program, PCC, McCoy Freightliner and DTNA put together the graphics for this truck and is above and beyond the Trucks for Training program.