With a toss of the keys, New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) proudly accepted the keys to a 2020 Western Star 4900SA transport truck at its Moncton campus recently. The truck, donated by Daimler Trucks North America, will be incorporated into the school’s Truck and Transport Service Technician curriculum, and provide students with the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art machinery.
They can’t wait to get under the hood.
“This is the future,” said student Aaron Beaman as he looked over the new rig. “This is really going to help out as we go into this trade. We’ll know what new stuff is out there and keep up to date with it.”
Classmate Kent Silverthorn agreed. “We have the opportunity now to work on something new to get us ready for a work environment.”
The opportunity to learning by working on the sector’s latest technology will serve the students well as they develop their skills and get ready to work in the industry, said instructor Robert Hitchcock.
“This is the latest in electrical controls and engines,” he said. “This helps them prepare for work in the industry. Most of the struggle in this sector right now is with finding people who have experience with the new technology. This allows us to provide more current and relevant training.”
“Nothing is more relevant frankly than ensuring we have capable technicians who are able to diagnose and fix time sensitive equipment where uptime is crucial and valued,” said Brad Thiessen, Vice President and General Manager, Daimler Trucks North America.
Universal Truck and Trailer (UTT), a leading dealer of two Daimler Truck brands, Freightliner and Western Star, has had a strong working relationship with NBCC and actively participated in helping make this donation a reality.
“As an employer of nearly 50 licensed mechanics and 19 apprentices, we see the need for more skilled workers in New Brunswick every day,” said Stephan Paillant, General Manager of Universal Truck and Trailer. “Supporting training and development, especially in a local capacity, is an investment in our future as well as the students’.”
“As we prepare our learners for the workplaces of tomorrow, it’s essential that we provide them with opportunities to learn using the latest technology and equipment that they’ll encounter on the job,” said Mary Butler, President and CEO of NBCC. “We simply couldn’t do it without the generous support of industry partners like Daimler and Universal.”
The 2020 4900SA Model
- DD16, 15.6L, 600hp, 1800RPM, 1850 lb/ft Torque Engine.
- EPA/CARB GHG 17 Configuration
- Eaton Fuller FO20E318B MXP UltraShift Plus Transmission
- Meritor MFS-20-133A 20,000 lb Front Axle
- Meritor RZ69-166 69,000 lb Wide Track Tridem Rear Axle
- Airliner 69,000 lb Triaxle Rear Suspension
- 4:30 Axle Ratio
With six campuses across New Brunswick, NBCC contributes to New Brunswick’s social and economic prosperity by supporting the aspirations of individual learners, seizing the opportunities of the labour market, and collaboratively solving the challenges of communities and industry. In addition to more than 90 certificate and diploma programs, NBCC also provides specialized and customized trades training to meet the needs of specific sectors and communities. Find out more information on NBCC programs by visiting: www.nbcc.ca.
About Daimler Trucks North America
Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.
About Universal Truck and Trailer
Universal Truck and Trailer is a leader in sales, service, and parts in Atlantic Canada, ready to meet your every need. Serving customers for over forty years, UTT is the largest heavy-duty truck and trailer dealership under one roof, with a network of satellite service and parts centers throughout New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island to serve you better. Learn more at www.universaltruckandtrailer.com.