LBWCC gets motor home
August 02, 2017
An unusual set of circumstances between a vacationer, a business, and LBW Community College recently resulted in a unique donation to LBWCC’s diesel and heavy equipment mechanics program in Opp.
Lloyd Chadwick of North Clarendon, Vt., was driving his motor home through Pensacola, Fla., when it developed engine trouble.
“He pulls into Empire Truck, a Freightliner dealership in Pensacola,” said Eddie Spann, LBWCC program instructor. The dealership has a long history with LBWCC, often hiring graduates of the diesel program and hosting annual on-site visits, he said.
“Mr. Chadwick didn’t want to invest the amount required to repair the engine, so the dealership suggested he consider donating the motor home to the College to benefit the instruction and hands-on experience of students. I was told he was elated to be able to help the students.”
The donation, valued at approximately $18,000, gives the students another opportunity to gain experience before they enter the workforce, he said.
“We are grateful for this donation, along with others from such businesses as Caterpillar, Cummins Diesel, Alabama Trucking Association, and numerous truck lines,” said Spann.
Graduates of LBWCC’s program are prepared to work on over-the-road and heavy-duty trucks, off-road earth moving equipment, agricultural equipment, and industrial power units, such as diesel-powered generators, he said.
“We would love to have a diesel-powered boat moored in the pond behind the diesel shop on campus for students to train on,” said Spann. “We could test run it even with it moored to the dock.”
These types of donations and the experience gained by students while at LBWCC increase their competitiveness in the workforce and businesses gain more valuable employees, he added.
“Donations such as this motor home and other types of engines means students are so much more qualified to go into a heavy truck or bus dealership as a mechanic. To be able to work on a motor home is so unique in an educational setting,” he added.
“Space is tight, working components are very compact and the electrical system of a motor home compounds the difficulty,” he said. “But this opportunity gives students an extra edge compared to the average diesel mechanic.”
By the time students complete the program, they are prepared to work on various engines and fuel systems, heavy air brake systems, hydraulics, electrical systems, electronics, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems, and gear trains, said Spann.
For more information about the program, call 334-493-5322 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.