Hands-on training opportunities for Heavy Equipment Technician students at College of Western Idaho (CWI) have been elevated thanks to a donation of two Ford F750 trucks donated to the College by Cobalt Truck Equipment this past February.
“Cobalt saw an opportunity to donate a few used vehicles to the College to promote learning and education through trouble-shooting of operational issues and innovation to resolve issues,” said Cobalt’s Director of Operations, Joe Matteucci. “We enjoyed meeting with the instructors and students at CWI, bring in a couple of our trucks to show what we build, and explain what our company has to offer in the way of career advancement throughout the industry as one of the leading truck upfitters in the country. We have been fortunate to hire one of the program’s top graduates who continues to excel in his career at Cobalt as one of our lead mechanics.”
“These trucks give CWI’s Heavy Equipment Technician program a huge advantage providing additional equipment for our students to inspect, repair, test, etc.,” explained Department Chair, Alex Beal. “Additionally, instructors are able to place ‘bugs’ or fabricated problems in the systems for students to troubleshoot and diagnose. Hands-on training opportunities, far superior to that of a trainer or simulator, are what make our program unique and offer students a superior sense of all that is involved in a repair procedure.”