Nov 6, 2019
Photo courtesy of OTC
On October 22, 2019, Ozarks Technical Community College and Springfield Remanufacturing Corp (SRC) opened the college’s new SRC Diesel Remanufacturing Lab. The lab will support new remanufacturing curriculum offered by the college.
The new remanufacturing curriculum was established in conjunction with local remanufacturing companies, SRC Holdings Corp., CNH Industrial Reman, and John Deere Reman. These companies collectively approached OTC with a request that the college address the field’s growing workforce needs.
In an interview with Gabriel McLaughlin, Department Chair-Transportation Technology, Ozarks Technical Community College, we learned more about the new lab and reman curriculum.
Q. What types of certificates/degrees will be offered?
A. Two options are available: a certificate in remanufacturing and an Associate Degree in Remanufacturing. The Certificate in Remanufacturing will take Nine months to one year to complete and is comprised of diesel, industrial systems, and precision machining courses. The Associate Degree in Remanufacturing will take two years to complete and is comprised of diesel, industrial systems, and precision machining courses, plus general education courses (English, math, science, etc.).
Q. How has the local reman industry been involved in shaping the curriculum, faculty, and lab for the program?
A. Curriculum. Our local industry drove the curriculum process. Industry professionals identified several different needs. Industry professionals identified courses currently offered at OTC that could meet the needs of remanufacturing. For example, our remanufacturing industry is focused on heavy-duty diesel engine remanufacturing. As a result, our remanufacturing program has several diesel engine diagnosis and repair courses. What was not already currently being taught was added to the new “Principles of Remanufacturing” course.
Faculty. Local industry shared our faculty needs with their employees and suggested that they get involved. The instructor for our “Principles of Remanufacturing course is a current industry professional.
Reman Lab. We worked directly with the local industry to identify the necessary equipment for the lab and to determine the layout.
Q. How did you decide what equipment to put in the lab?
A. Equipment was chosen specifically for the Principles of Remanufacturing course.
Q. What equipment is in the lab?
A. “Principles of Remanufacturing” will cover cleaning methods, core management, and precision measuring. As a result, the lab will have cleaning equipment and measuring tools, in addition to all of the equipment needed for the disassembly, inspection, and reassembly of heavy-duty diesel engines.
Q. How do you plan to incorporate the equipment into the curriculum?
A. Students will be able to have a hands-on experience with the equipment. Students will learn the theory and process in the classroom and then apply that theory and process in the lab.
Q. Will students have work-study or apprenticeship opportunities with local companies? Is it required for the program?
A. Ideally, students would be employed with one of our employer partners. Currently, there is no required work-study component.
Q. Can you expand on the idea of hands-on learning vs. theory in the classroom that students will experience in this program?
A. A good example is calculating cylinder volume. In a math class, this would be done 100 percent on paper. In one of our classes, students will learn the formula and then take measurements of an actual engine cylinder. They can then use their measurements to calculate the volume of that cylinder.
Q. What advice would you give other colleges interested in pursuing a similar program?
A. Find really good partners! Our Remanufacturing Program is 100 percent employer-driven.