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Diesel mechanics ready to roll: NOVA hires Chuck McCarty to head new program

January 3, 2008

The Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College recently hired Charles “Chuck” McCarty to lead its new Diesel Mechanics Technology program. McCarty brings more than 25 years of experience in servicing and repairing vehicles ranging from single cylinder engines to heavy construction equipment. He has experience with diesel and gasoline engines, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, brake systems, suspension systems and power trains.

McCarty is retired from the United States Air Force, having served from 1968 to 1990 in several vehicle maintenance and driver’s training positions. He also brings seven years of classroom and lab instruction experience gained at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Massanutten Technical Center in Harrisonburg, Va., and Valley Vocational Technical Center in Fishersville, Va. Before joining NOVA, McCarty was the alternative fuel vehicle coordinator at James Madison University.

NOVA’s Diesel Mechanics Technology program is the only public training program in northern or central Virginia.

“We researched the industry and discovered an unmet need for diesel technicians,” said Dee Martin, dean of the Manassas Campus Science and Applied Technologies Division. “Local employers told us they are desperately seeking qualified mechanics. In addition, we learned the demand is projected to grow almost 16 percent in Virginia over the next 10 years.”

Alban Cat, the Caterpillar dealer for the local region, is one of the companies working with NOVA to develop the diesel mechanics program.

“We have a critical need for technicians not only for Alban but also for our customers who have repair facilities for trucks and construction equipment,” said Alban Tractor Training Manager Karl J. Quinn. “The technology in our field requires technicians with strong backgrounds in the basics and this is why there is such a tremendous need for quality training programs.”

Alban Cat is opening a large repair facility in Winchester and expanding its current facility in Sterling. Both locations will need additional diesel mechanics in the near future.

Other industry representatives serving on the advisory committee include Mark Andurzak of Elliott/Wilson Capitol Trucks in Manassas, Gary Trainum of Western Branch Diesel in Manassas, Jim Helmick of New Baltimore Garage in Warrenton, and Gary Guinter of Cummins Power Systems in Severn, Md.

The 25-credit Diesel Mechanics Technology Career Students Certificate introduces the fundamentals of diesel equipment repair, and covers such components as the engine, air conditioning, fuel systems, hydraulics and air brakes. The program will provide hands-on training and the option of on-the-job cooperative work experience. 

Registration is taking place now for the three diesel courses that are scheduled during the spring semester. “Introduction to Diesel Engine” begins Jan. 15 and runs for eight weeks. “Diesel Power Trains, Chassis and Suspensions” is a 16-week course that begins Jan. 16. Another eight-week course, “Transportation Electrical Systems,” begins March 20.

The Manassas Campus is located at 6901 Sudley Road (Route 234) just north of Interstate 66 in Prince William County. To learn more, call 703-257-6605.

For Immediate Release
January 3, 2008
Contact:  Carlene Mackereth

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