Truck donation aimed at helping industry shortage

  Wednesday, August 28, 2019 4:00 PM
  News, Science and Technology, Academics

Pittsburg, KS

Truck donation

When it comes to the ongoing shortage of qualified diesel technicians in the U.S., a donation of three 2015 International® WorkStar® trucks by Navistar to Pittsburg State University might help. 

The trucks will provide students in PSU's Diesel and Heavy Equipment Program with hands-on experience to prepare them to work in the on-highway truck industry. 

“The trucks will allow faculty to provide instruction on the entire truck, from bumper to bumper,” said Professor Tim Dell, the coordinator of the program. 

Dell said the trucks primarily will be used in his departments AT 630 On Highway Truck Systems Course. 

"It provides the fundamental foundation systems for that industry including axles, transmissions, drive lines, and brake systems,” Dell said. 

The trucks also likely will be integrated into other courses within the department such as HVAC classes, engine classes, and electrical and electronic classes. 

"Supporting STEM education is an important philanthropic goal for Navistar, and our truck donation program is great example of practical help that can address a major industry issue – the ongoing shortage of qualified diesel technicians," said Kristin Sattayatam, director of community relations for Navistar. “Navistar's donations will support meaningful, good-paying jobs by giving students hands-on experience working on real equipment they will encounter during their careers. Students, the community, and the industry as a whole will benefit." 

The median annual wage for diesel service technicians and mechanics was $47,350 in May 2018. 


Learn more about the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Program.