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Published: Monday, April 30, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Students land a big rig to hone skills on

  • Hunter Gracey (left) of Lake Stevens High School, and Austin Reagan, from Marysville High School, find check out the compressed air system that powers...

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    Hunter Gracey (left) of Lake Stevens High School, and Austin Reagan, from Marysville High School, find check out the compressed air system that powers brakes on the newly donated semi truck Tuesday at Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center in Everett.

  • High school students perform system checks Tuesday on the new diesel semi that was donated to the Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center.

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    High school students perform system checks Tuesday on the new diesel semi that was donated to the Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center.

  • High school students perform system checks Tuesday on the new diesel semi that was donated to the Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center. Students at back of tra...

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    High school students perform system checks Tuesday on the new diesel semi that was donated to the Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center. Students at back of tractor are Dustin Dollman (left) Hunter Gracey, Chase Schule and Arm Pantawee. Prior to the donation, Sno-Isle Tech students could only study and work on the old diesel tractor in the background, which is outdated by about 30 years. Photo taken 042412

  • Austin Reagan, a senior from Marysville High School climbs into the driver's seat of Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center's new diesel tractor and is joined by...

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    Austin Reagan, a senior from Marysville High School climbs into the driver's seat of Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center's new diesel tractor and is joined by Mariner High senior Trai Jackson (right). The young men fired up the engine to perform several tests on the big rig.

EVERETT -- Students at the Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center have a new toy worth $120,000.
The school has a 2009 semi truck to use for its diesel power technology class. The truck, donated by Daimler Trucks North America, is intended to help students learn maintenance and repair skills on a vehicle used by the trucking industry.
For Austin Reagan, 18, the Class 8 truck is gorgeous.
"It has new technology we haven't been able to train," said Reagan, a Marysville Getchell senior. "It will prepare us for the future."
In only its first week at the school, the truck was the subject of a hands-on lesson in finding and solving a potentially serious mechanical problem.
Students inspected the brake system to make sure the truck met federal standards. It didn't. The students went looking for the reason.
The diagnosis: The truck may have a malfunctioning check valve. The students are waiting for additional information to be sure.
"It's kind of odd finding a fault like that," Sultan High School senior Ben Clair, 18, said. "It's kind of a big deal. These brakes will fail eventually."
The truck is filling the exact purpose instructor Brent Delfel hoped.
The students now have a vehicle they can practice on before getting a job repairing big rigs.
"This is the standard," Delfel said. "The student will see this vehicle on a typical shop for many years."
Before, the class worked on a 1988-vintage semi, which doesn't have up-to-date technology. That truck is to be sold for scrap.
Delfel had to improvise lessons by showing parts of a diesel engine on a table. He also used other engines from other vehicles.
With the new truck, students can learn about the onboard computer network, electrical and filtering systems that are standard on the latest trucks.
Lake Stevens senior Hunter Gracey, 18, believes the truck will help future classes.
"They will know how locate all the pieces and parts on a real-world truck," Gracey said.
Alejandro Dominguez: 425-339-3422; adominguez@heraldnet.com.


Story tags » Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center

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