Ohio Technical College wishes to congratulate Alexander Kump as our September 2014 Student of the Month.
OTC’s Diesel Department has done it again in producing a student with the qualities and professionalism needed to earn this top honor.
Alexander Kump of DT235 is a 2012 graduate of Nordonia High School, Macedonia, Ohio. He says his biggest regret while in high school was not taking advantage of the career training.
“I geared most of my high school life around academics, but I really prefer working with my hands.”
He even tried the traditional college route after his high school graduation, but knew immediately it wasn’t for him. “I was enrolled to take Mechanical Engineering, but I’m not a desk guy. I want to be moving and knew this wasn’t for me.” Kump’s father has been working in the diesel and heavy equipment industry all his life, so Alex knew what he was getting into enrolling at Ohio Technical College in the Diesel training program.
Kump says his most challenging module has been Drive Train 1, and his is most looking forward to the HVAC module.
His best advice for current or future OTC students is to, “Ask a lot of questions and show up every day with a mindset to learn.” He follows his own advice by maintaining a 94.44% GPA and has only missed one day of training due to a funeral. Kump will complete his diesel training in June2015. He hopes to continue with power generator training before determining his career path. “Right now I’m thinking it will be generators, but who knows what will happen.”
Ohio Technical College’s Diesel Equipment training program takes delivery of new vehicles.
It’s getting crowded in here – in a good way. OTC has added to their fleet of semi trucks to now include a wider variety of full-sized vehicles for students to train on. Ohio Technical College started as Ohio Diesel Tech 45 years ago and remains one of the stalwarts in the country as a premier diesel school providing training for students worldwide.
“We went through our inventory at the end of last year and got rid of some older models to make room for these newer ones,” says Mike Manocchio, Director of the Diesel Equipment program at Ohio Technical College. OTC has received three Volvo’s and two International semi trucks so far that bring with them a Series 60 Detroit Diesel, two Cummins engines, a Cummins ISX and a Volvo D12 engine with advanced emission controls.
All will be used in various modules for training for OTC diesel and auto-diesel program students. “Technology is changing so rapidly on these vehicles,” says Manocchio, “We need to make sure we are providing the right training aids for students to be competitive and even have the advantage when it comes to placement after graduation.”
What is big in the industry right now is EGR valves and emission control systems. “These vehicles will serve as training in basic engine, advanced engine, automatic transmissions, brakes and steering and suspension,” says Manocchio.
These are just the start as more equipment is expected over the next several weeks as the program expands to meet industry’s growing demand for diesel technician training.