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Engine presentation from Stewart & Stevenson helps college offer high-tech training
News Release
Wednesday, June 01, 2011

HOUSTON – Stewart & Stevenson LLC (S&S) recently provided a 2010 Detroit Diesel DD15 engine at a large discount to San Jacinto College (SJC) to be used for training by students in the College’s diesel technology program.

“We will use the engine to teach the latest technology, which includes seven check valves in the return fuel circuit, a particulate filter, and other high-tech developments,” commented Don Clayton, lead instructor for the College’s diesel technology program.

The 15-liter, six cylinder engine, valued at $48,000, is rated at 455 to 560 horse power with a torque rating of 1550 to 1850. The DD15 is the most advanced in its class, using Daimler’s patented BlueTec emissions technology while increasing fuel economy by five percent. The primary use of a DD-15 engine is in heavy duty service trucks that haul large loads.

SJC was able to purchase the engine at less than half price at Stewart & Stevenson’s request to Daimler trucks. S&S paid for the engine stand, special tools, technical manuals and training material. The long-standing partnership between S&S and the diesel technology program at San Jacinto College exemplifies how working together can be a win-win situation for students and industry.

Stewart & Stevenson, a world leader in diesel engine manufacturing, has generously supported San Jacinto College for many years. In return, the College’s diesel technology program produces well-trained graduates, some of who find jobs at S&S.

“Education is the cornerstone of any successful society and one Stewart & Stevenson firmly believes in,” commented Steve Fulgham, S&S Chief Executive Officer. “In order to grow our business, stay competitive and profitable and give some of those profits back to the community, companies such as Stewart & Stevenson must find ways to recruit capable new employees. We have had a very beneficial relationship with San Jacinto College, finding in their graduates very good candidates for employment. Our support of San Jacinto College’s diesel technology department has enhanced the success of the students, the College and Stewart & Stevenson.”   

During the past 25 years, S&S has provided engines, parts, equipment, supplies, computer software, and training time valued at approximately $350,000 to SJC’s diesel technology program, which enables SJC students to keep up with industry trends and developments.

The College’s diesel technology program, based on the North campus, is widely regarded as one of the best in the nation, and Clayton says S&S deserves a lot of credit for such a tradition of excellence. “If we didn’t have S&S support, we would not have much of a diesel program period,” Clayton remarked. “They deserve a lot of credit for guiding us, teaching us, and donating to us just about anything we need. In my opinion, support from S&S means be the difference between a mediocre program and a highly technical, professional program.”

Such high-tech equipment and training helps students like Roberto Chavez prepare for the future. Chavez recently earned a diesel technology certificate from SJC and now plans to work for an engine, transmission and truck company, with an ultimate goal of launching his own diesel engine repair company.

Chavez says he particularly values the hands-on experience he gets in the shop area, which is well equipped because of donations like the DD15 engine provided by S&S.
“Textbook knowledge and hands-on experience are closely related,” he noted. “We are able to understand the functions of an engine that we study in class by working on the engine in the shop.”

According to Clayton, demand for qualified diesel technicians remains high in the Houston area. “We simply cannot fill the requests we get for diesel technicians,” Clayton noted. He also added that diesel technology is a career that offers job security, excellent pay and good benefits.

San Jacinto College offers both certificate and associate degree options in diesel technology at the North campus, located at 5800 Uvalde in the North Channel area.

About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for 50 years. The College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of more than 29,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career-track choices. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
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