Students in the Pennsylvania College of Technology's Diesel Equipment Technology program have a valuable new tool for hands-on work: a 2006 Volvo VNL single-axle tractor that was donated by UPS. The retired truck is particularly helpful because it shows signs of wear that only an extensively road-tested vehicle would have.
“This is priceless to our student technicians to get hands-on with a truck that shows typical wear and displays evidence of the value that UPS places on maintaining its fleet,” said Mark E. Sones, instructor of diesel equipment technology at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center south of main campus.
The 25-year faculty veteran noted that the retired truck will serve a variety of educational purposes as a hands-on training aid for students across the school’s diesel curriculum – including instruction in engines, electrical, drive train, air conditioning, advanced engine control diagnostics and preventive maintenance.
“The technicians at UPS obviously have taken great pride in this donation,” Sones said. “This vehicle has been well-maintained, including care and attention to the paint and mechanical systems, all the way down to the signature silver stripe outlining the wheel rims,” Sones said.
The donation was arranged through James R. Poehailos, UPS Freight fleet manager; and two Penn College alumni giving back to their alma mater: Scott C. Moore, district fleet manager, and Gregory A. Tama, retired senior director of maintenance, engineering systems and technology. Moore is a 1992 diesel alumnus and Tama is a 1983 graduate in automotive technology.