Northern Maine Community College recently received a Caterpillar C3.3B Tier 4 Emissions Engine from Milton CAT to use in the Diesel Hydraulics lab for hands-on learning.
“We support programs through instructor development, training aids, curriculum support, and scholarship funding,” said Ronald Burton, development manager for Milton CAT. “Throughout upstate New York and New England, we sponsor about 10 different schools annually, and NMCC is the first school in Maine that we have donated to.”
Equipment donations such as this engine, allow students to work on state-of-the-art equipment that they will see in the field. The Tier 4 emissions standards have been phased-in over the last few years, making this piece of equipment essential for NMCC’s Diesel Hydraulics program.
“Our students are better prepared for the workforce because they perfect the skills they will need on equipment like this,” said Bob Rice, NMCC Diesel Hydraulics program instructor. “We are extremely grateful for donations such as these, as it takes our training program to the next level.”
Milton CAT has also set up internship opportunities in Maine for several NMCC students this summer. Four students will travel to different Milton CAT sites in Maine to work in the field with other professionals to practice their skills in the workforce.
“NMCC’s Diesel Hydraulics program has been great to work with,” said Barton. “We have collaborated on their curriculum and really applaud what they do in their program. Their graduates are top-notch.”
For more information about donations or academic programs at NMCC, go to www.nmcc.edu or call 768-2700.