Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne recognizes the value in providing students with training on the advanced tools and technology they will use in their careers. Thanks to a generous donation from PepsiCo and Noregon, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Diesel Technology Program received a diagnostic laptop valued at approximately $5,000 with state-of-the-art applications, such as JPRO Professional, to teach students how to diagnose and repair vehicles with the tools commonly used by industry professionals.
On March 29, representatives from PepsiCo and Noregon visited Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to meet with students and present them with the diagnostic laptop. This donation helps prepare students for success in their careers by giving them the knowledge and skills needed to excel as professional diesel technicians. Additionally, PepsiCo has encouraged Ivy Tech students and recent graduates to consider their open fleet technician positions.
“The use of this type of tooling in our program allows our student technicians to graduate with the skill sets that are in demand within the Diesel repair field,” said Nick Goodnight, Ph.D., department chair of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Diesel and Construction Technology Programs. “This great partnership with Noregon and Pepsi brings more attention to the skilled trades to hopefully attract more talent to the industry.”
Graduates of Ivy Tech’s Diesel Technology Program enter careers where they diagnose and repair high-tech systems for vehicles with diesel engines. The diagnostic laptop will give them experience with advanced equipment and better prepare them for a high-demand career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, diesel technicians can expect an average median salary of $23.32 per hour.