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NOVA-Manassas students learn about life in the trucking industry

Students at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College recently enjoyed a visit from a truck driver who is participating in a program called “Slice of Trucker Life.”

Henry Albert, owner of Albert Transportation Inc. in Mooresville, N.C., stopped by the Automotive Lab to give diesel and automotive students a lesson in the advanced technology used on today’s heavy-duty trucks. Albert operates a 2010 Freightliner Cascadia tractor equipped with a Detroit Diesel DD15 engine and Eaton Ultra-Shift transmission. His tractor and trailer are also outfitted with advanced aerodynamic features that help contribute to outstanding fuel economy.

When Albert arrived at NOVA, he was greeted by automotive/diesel instructor John Hicks and the two men demonstrated the latest in diesel emissions technology.

“The students were excited to see all the components of a selective catalytic reduction system packaged in a large truck rather than being packed into the tight confines of a car,” Hicks said.

Albert met with several more automotive and diesel classes the following day. He gave a brief overview on the life of an over-the-road truck operator and explained the diesel fuel and emission systems. 

Albert also arranged a teleconference with Robin Roberts of W.W. Williams, a Detroit Diesel distributor, who discussed the latest technology employed on the Detroit Diesel DD15 engine. Williams told the students how they can advance their careers through hard work and dedication, offering himself as an example. Roberts started in the industry as a diesel technician and has advanced to his current position as Southwest Regional President for W.W. Williams.

“After the classroom meetings, our students had the opportunity to get inside, on and under Henry’s truck. They were very interested in the state-of-the-art electronic systems used on current heavy-duty trucks,” said Chuck McCarty, head of the diesel technology program. “This was a fantastic experience for our students and we are very grateful to Henry for making this happen.”

Freightliner Trucks sponsors the “Slice of Trucker Life” program. The company provided four owner-operators with a Freightliner Cascadia so they can experience the truck’s enhanced aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, roomy cab and quiet ride. Throughout the course of the program, the drivers are blogging about their real-world experiences on the road on www.SliceofTruckerLife.com.

In his blog, Albert called his time with the NOVA students very rewarding and said, “Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your learning experience.”

The Manassas Campus offers training in both automotive and diesel technology. To learn more, contact Assistant Dean George Bolash at gbolash@nvcc.edu.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.