NDSCS Gets New Diesel TechnologyWahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - Beside more space, the expansion gives students access to the latest, state-of-the-art diesel technology.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - Beside more space, the expansion gives students access to the latest, state-of-the-art diesel technology.
That means better, higher-paying jobs once they hit the workforce.
Every day these diesel technology students come to class, they get to play with machinery like this.
Taking a look at all the brand-new equipment they get to work with now is kind of like being in a candy store.
Not to mention, all the doors it will open for them.
John Helms- General Diesel Student: "It's going to make us more marketable because we know more about the new stuff coming out."
John Berndt- General Diesel Student: "Employers are going to look at that, showing that, oh they've had a chance to work with some of this stuff already."
About 300 students now have access to brand new, state-of-the art diesel equipment and technology.
Processes that were once mechanical are now digital.
Helms: "It is always evolving and new stuff comes out. So, you have to train new technicians to learn the new stuff."
Terry Marohl- Program Chair: "With the expansion added on to the building, it makes it one of the premiere training facilities in the United States."
The expansion to Bisek Hall more than doubled the size of the building, making it one of the biggest diesel training facilities in North America.
That extra space is a big deal.. not only can they serve more students, they can fit in more of that new equipment for them to work on.
Three 10-thousand square foot labs house huge construction and agricultural equipment.
Marohl: "More access, more hands-on training."
Placement rates for the school's diesel technology program are already near 100-percent…. And with technicians in high-demand, these students have a bright future.
Bisek Hall is named after Harvey Bisek, a diesel maintenance instructor at the school for many years.