Diesel mechanics help keep our drivers safe on the road, that’s why they are vital to our operation. The Hometown Showcase recently had the opportunity to visit a few of the top up and coming diesel mechanics.
Universal Technical Institute
The Hometown Showcase trailer took a trip down to Irving, TX to visit the students of UTI – Dallas on October 5 and 6. We were parked in front of the building; our bright green truck stood out and piqued the interest of the 900 students in the auto and diesel technician school. Students could come out and interact with the trailer and they could ask our team questions at the table we set up inside. Universal Technical Institute has many locations all over the country providing an education for aspiring Diesel Mechanics. What is amazing about the several UTI schools is the diversity of where the students have lived. Since these students are from many different areas of the country, it is great for them to learn about what opportunities R+L Carriers has to offer in their geographical area of interest.
Five of the technicians at our Dallas Service Center have graduated from UTI – Dallas. Knowing that R+L continues to operate from these technicians must have harvested a lot of interest from the students because by the end of our visit we received over 30 applications!
University of Northwestern Ohio
On October 11 and 12, we took a drive up to Lima, Ohio for the UNOH Career Fair. Like we usually do, we parked our interactive hauler outside of the career center and also set up a table inside so the students could have easier access to our team to ask questions. Not only could the students play the Hometown Showcase Scavenger Hunt to win official Hometown Showcase merchandise, we also gave out four $50 Snap-on gift cards. Snap-on makes industrial tools for professionals, so we wanted to assist these ambitious mechanics when purchasing equipment to further their knowledge and career.
UNOH is a university in northwest Ohio that has five different colleges within. Our team got a chance to talk to the Diesel Mechanic students in the College of Applied Technologies about the abundance of opportunities that we have at R+L Carriers. The students at UNOH are from around the country, and since R+L Carriers has many Service Center locations throughout the U.S., they were excited to learn that there are different locations to potentially work in after graduation. A few students even filled out applications.
Clark State Community College
Clark State Community College is a comprehensive, multi-campus, two-year college offering degree and certificate programs in today’s most in-demand career fields. Some of the programs prepare students to enter the workforce immediately after graduation, while others are designed to help complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree then transfer to a four-year institution. Clark State was established to address the need for specialized training required for economic and industrial growth. A skilled workforce is a product of specialized training, which is why we took the opportunity to discuss our career opportunities with the faculty and students of the Diesel Technology Program there. The day began with the Hometown team giving the students a logistics presentation, after which students were able to see under the hood of the hauler, which peaked their interest since they could see the technology that went into our hauler. We received compliments from students all day. One student mentioned that we were a large company with a small business feel about it. That’s exactly what being family-owned and operated means to us! We strive to help small businesses grow and succeed, and we’ve been doing it since 1965.
“Overall, I feel the visit was an excellent experience. The presenters did an amazing job captivating their audience,” said Ethan Bertelson, Diesel Technologies Instructor and Coordinator of Diesel Technologies at Clark State.