Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Francis Tuttle Technology Center in OKC Opens Diesel Technician Training Center

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Francis Tuttle Technology Center in OKC Opens Diesel Technician Training Center

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About two and a half years ago a group of about 60 representatives of the diesel industry gathered to meet with Francis Tuttle Technology Center staff members.

"We had a lot of pressure from the industry for diesel technician training," said Earl Bailey, work force development coordinator transportation technology for Francis Tuttle.

The meeting resulted in the formation of an education advisory council to develop plans for a training program and facility.

The council's efforts resulted in the opening this spring of Francis Tuttle's Diesel Technology Training Center at the technology center's Reno Campus in Oklahoma City with training for both regular students and current diesel technicians.

The 36,000-square-foot center includes five classrooms and a shop area with 21,000 square feet and five large garage doors.

"The entire building is wireless," Bailey said.

Francis Tuttle's diesel center and program were created to specifications recommended by the council.

"We did not want to take a Field of Dreams approach of build it and they will come," Bailey said.

"We built the facility from the advisory council's ideas. They built this building."

Classes at the Francis Tuttle training center for regular students seeking to become diesel technicians will begin in August.

The program for traditional students has a maximum capacity of 20 students and there is already a waiting list, said Kevin Arnold, industrial/quality coordinator business and industry services for Francis Tuttle.

Demand for diesel technicians is expected to increase.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 24,000 to 46,000 additional diesel technicians will be needed by 2014.

Continuing education is required for diesel technicians because of changing technology including requirements for fuel economy standards, Arnold said.

In addition to large trucks, diesel technology includes heavy equipment, oil exploration and extraction, marine and the natural gas industry.

Students in the Francis Tuttle program will work on equipment from Cummings, Caterpillar, Freightliner and Volvo.

The program is for adult students and requires an entrance examination. …

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