Posted February 8, 2010
The Idaho State University Diesel/On-Site Power Generation Technology program will receive more than $130,000 in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Green Jobs Program as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The grant is part of the total $6 million awarded to the Idaho Department of Labor and its partners.
Diesel engine technology is emerging and new diesel emission control standards take effect with 2010 model year trucks and equipment. This change imposes the demand on secondary and post-secondary programs to train students on the theory of operation, maintenance, diagnosis and repair procedures for the new emission control systems on medium and heavy duty trucks, construction and agricultural diesel equipment.
The ISU Diesel/On-Site Power Generation Technology program will use grant funding to purchase a 2011 Kenworth truck that contains the new Tier 4 2010 emission standards. In addition, the program will purchase the necessary diagnostic equipment for training purposes. Students, through the use of new state-of-the-art diesel training systems, will enter the workforce with proficient knowledge about “clean power” technology.
“We are pleased to receive this grant funding,” explained Ivan Bullock, Diesel/On-Site Power Generation Technology program coordinator. “This grant will help us to prepare our students for jobs in emerging technologies giving them an advantage as they enter the industry.”
Dave Treasure, Trade and Industrial Department Chair added, “The new equipment and additional grant money will set the diesel technology program up for success in training students on emission control and other clean burning diesel powered performance enhancements.”
The Diesel/On-Site Power Generation Technology program trains students on the proper procedures for servicing, maintaining and repairing all parts of the diesel equipment utilized in farming, construction and trucking industries. The program accepts students in August and January each year. Graduates may earn an Advanced Technical Certificate in On-Site Power Generation Technology or Diesel Technology; Associate of Applied Science Degree in On-Site Power Generation Technology or Diesel Technology; and with advanced training a bachelor of applied science.