Diesel mechanics is an industry that needs people, which is why Cummins Diesel brought a mobile display of its latest engines to Snow College Richfield last week.
Dozens of students at Snow Richfield’s diesel mechanics program toured the display, which showed the latest innovations.
“We need more kids in the business badly,” said Ron Demmick, Cummins territory account manager. “This stuff is all brand new.”
He said Cummins employs some 56,000 people in 196 countries, producing diesel engines that range from 2.8 liters to 105 liters.
The trailer that visited Snow Richfield expanded into a showroom featuring three of Cummins’ most advanced engines, including the X-15, one of the most fuel efficient semi-truck motors the company has devised in its 99 years.
Another engine that was on display was designed to run on natural gas.
“There are a lot of those engines in garbage trucks,” Demmick said. He said many times garbage produces methane gas.
Garbage trucks are designed to capture the methane and pump it into the engine’s fuel reserves.
“It actually helps the environment when you drive it,” Demmick said. He said the engine also has a nearly zero emission rate.
The engines on display were all painted fire engine red, with polished lines, nickel plated bolts and other accessories to dress them up.
“They spend a lot of money making them look pretty,” Demmick said.
While the engines were purely for show, they did have all the functional parts one would find on a Cummins product so that students could see them.
The engines have not only become more efficient, but also a lot smarter, Demmick said.
He said engines and transmissions are able to communicate with each other, as well as GPS systems, to increase fuel input going up hills and decrease it while going down.
This helps drivers do their job, while also boosting efficiency.