A35D hauler had been used on Discovery Channel's " " television series and will now serve as a training tool for high school students enrolled in the institute's Heavy Equipment Operations and Preventive Maintenance program.(Volvo CE) has donated an articulated haul truck to train future equipment operators at (LCTI) in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania. The Volvo
"We will use the Volvo hauler across the full curriculum. In addition to basic truck operation, it will be a support piece for students who are learning loading techniques with wheel loaders and excavators," said Jim Wabals, instructor at LCTI. "The hauler will also give students experience on preventive maintenance and help them understand the value it adds to reducing operating costs and increasing productivity over the machine's lifetime."
The Heavy Equipment Operations & Preventive Maintenance program teaches machine operation skills for a range of equipment, basic machine maintenance, surveying, grading, and erosion and sediment control techniques. Since its inception in 2005, the program has maintained 90 percent placement rate of graduates directly hired into construction equipment-related positions.
The 2006 Volvo articulated haul truck has over 15,000 hours and is valued at US$80,000. It was used by "Gold Rush" star Tony Beets at his Yukon mine. He added his signature to the front fender as a personal touch-point for the students. Fellow "Gold Rush" miner Juan Ibarra assisted with the truck handover at the school. Ibarra also spent classroom time with the students, sharing his career experiences and exploring where the construction equipment field can take them.