Cummins provides mechanic school with training engine

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NANAIMO, B.C. — Malaspina University-College’s Heavy Duty Commercial Transport Mechanics program received a new training tool for its workshop from Cummins.

On Feb. 8, Ross Somerville, marketing manager for Cummins Western Canada, donated a 600 hp Cummins ISX Signature Series diesel engine to the program. The $45,000 engine is complete, wired and ready to use.

The company also donated diagnostics software for the new engine, and for all the other Cummins engines the program already utilizes.

“This new engine is a very large asset to the program,” said Paul Mottershead, coordinator and instructor for the Heavy Duty Commercial Transport Mechanics program. “Industry support like this keeps us current with the ever-changing technology in the diesel engine market.”

The new engine will be used by the heavy-duty apprentices to learn about engine rebuilds, electronic diagnostics and trouble-shooting skills on Cummins engines.

A new class starts every six weeks at Malaspina’s Heavy Duty Commercial Transport Mechanics program. The next intake is in May for second year apprentices.

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