Midland College partners with Cummins Engines for student success in diesel technology careers

Cummins provides engines and diagnostic software for instruction; employs MC Diesel Technology grads as apprentices and technicians

Cummins Engines is partnering with the Midland College (MC) Diesel Technology program to provide instructional support and career opportunities for MC Diesel Technology students. 

Cummins MC resizedThe partnership is designed to allow students the opportunity to develop skills needed for entry-level apprentices and service technicians.  Training is tailored to consist of maintenance and repair of equipment manufactured by Cummins.  Midland College delivers a curriculum based on its Diesel Technology Associate Degree integrated with Cummins’ service technician curriculum.  MC diesel technology faculty provide hands-on instruction incorporating Cummins equipment in a group environment at MC’s diesel technology center located across from the Cogdell Learning Center on Florida Street in Midland. MC and Cummins personnel have worked closely to design the training so that it simulates on-the-job situations.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students,” said Erick Gutierrez, MC Automotive and Diesel Technology instructor.  “The connections that students make with industry are invaluable.  These students not only receive standard industry training in diesel technology, but also gain hands-on experience using equipment manufactured by one of the world’s leading diesel power and machinery companies.”

Jimmy Griego, general manager of Cummins Engines in Odessa, acknowledged the tremendous opportunity students have to work on real equipment.  “While all engines are the same in their basic design, nothing can equal having an actual engine to take apart, troubleshoot and repair.  We are extremely pleased to have this opportunity to partner with Midland College.  We like investing in our community by providing jobs to West Texans.  Midland College does a great job in preparing students for promising careers as diesel technicians.  This program will help provide a portion of our workforce for the future – and for others in our industry as well.”

“Midland College is committed to working with local business and industry to provide in-demand training for the Permian Basin,” noted Curt Pervier, MC dean of Applied Technology.  “Partnerships like this are what furnishes Midland with a trained workforce, thereby helping to promote economic development.  We appreciate Cummins’ enthusiasm for this program and their trust in Midland College to supply them with a qualified pool of technicians.”

The training is an approved college program of study; therefore, students are eligible for regular Midland College advising, tutoring, financial aid and scholarship assistance.  For more information, contact Pete Avalos, chair of Energy and Transportation, pavalos@midland.edu, 432/681-6344