Students in the Department of Automotive Technology popped the hoods on two brand new sets of wheels this spring. What they found underneath were lots and lots of computers.
A brand new 2015 Dodge Dart and 2015 Ford Explorer are now part of the department’s fleet of cars on which the students work and learn. The vehicles, with a combined value of more than $50,000, were donated by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ford Motor Company.
“At College of Technology Company Day last fall, representatives from Chrysler and Ford were here recruiting students,” said Scott Norman, associate professor of automotive technology. “We walked them through our auto lab, and we started talking about how we could use some newer cars for the students to learn on. Those guys said they’d see what they could do, and now we have two new vehicles in our fleet.”
Norman said having new vehicles in the lab is beneficial for many reasons.
“Most importantly, it’s good for students because they can learn the ins and outs of the newest technology on the market,” he said.