Feb. 28, 2012
Gregory Poole/CAT recently donated $140,000 in equipment to Cape Fear Community College’s marine and dieselÂ mechanics program.
The company providedÂ to the program twoÂ large C-32 marine electronic dieselÂ engines whichÂ teaches students to repair and maintain marine equipmentÂ used to power large yachts and industrial work boats.
Instructors say thatÂ having these engines will giveÂ students more hands-on experienceÂ with equipment which will make students more marketable to prospective employers.
“We are very grateful toÂ Gregory Poole/CATÂ for their commitment to Cape Fear Community College. This equipment will give our studentsÂ access to the latest technology that we haven’t had in the past,” said Patrick Freeland, lead instructor of the CFCC Marine Diesel Technology program.
“Getting experience to a wide variety of technologyÂ is going toÂ give our students an edge when it comes time for them to look for a job,” Freeland said.
Each C-32 engineÂ weighs three tons, displaces 32 liters in 12 cylinders and the electronic fuel injection and twin turbos can generate up to 1,900 horsepower. They are commonlyÂ used to powerÂ large performance yachts and ultra-high performance sport fishing vessels.
â€œCFCC is a leader in vocational training and Gregory Poole/CAT is proud to support these programs. When CFCC can train technicians in the most advanced engine technology, they graduate and enter the field with these skills and we all win.â€ said Sean Prendergast, training manager of Gregory Pooleâ€™s marine power division.
Prendergast added that Gregory Poole has hired three students in the past year that have graduated from CFCC’s program.
â€œThese trades can never be outsourced and there is a shortage of competent, motivated technicians entering the ranks. This is as American as it gets.â€ Prendergast said.