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May 27, 2011

BC Ferries is donating a used Ford F450 flat-deck truck equipped with a mobile arc welder to help train students in Camosun College’s Automechanic, Welding and Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Mechanic programs.

BC Ferries Automotive Manager Chris Clements-Currier demonstrating the mobile arc welder unit on board BC Ferries’ latest truck donation.

BC Ferries Automotive Manager and Camosun alumnus Chris Clements-Currier (on deck) demonstrates the mobile arc welder unit on board BC Ferries’ latest truck donation to our Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Mechanic, Welding and Automotive students.

"BC Ferries is very supportive of education in the trades discipline so we are pleased to donate our decommissioned welding truck to Camosun College for training purposes," said Mark Collins, BC Ferries' Vice President of Engineering and Terminal Construction. "The students currently enrolled in the program today could potentially join our terminal maintenance workforce in the future."

The 1999 V/10 F450 is mounted with a Canox 50-440 amp Arc Welder on the flat deck. Last year, BC Ferries donated a 70-foot crane truck to the college's trades programs.

"This vehicle will be utilized to teach mechanical diagnostics and repair to over 100 students and apprentices in our Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Mechanic and Automotive Service Technician programs," says Eric Sehn, Dean of Camosun's School of Trades and Technology. "The truck may also be used as a mobile welding and fabrication unit for our Welding C, B and A students and apprentices."

Last year the Camosun College Foundation received more than $100,000 in donations of equipment, materials and technologies for its trades and technical programs.

"We are thrilled to receive this second generous vehicle donation from BC Ferries," adds Sehn. "Camosun relies on partnerships with local industry - like the one we have with BC Ferries – to help support our hands-on, practical approach to skills training."

Close to 3,000 students are enrolled in the 11 different trades and apprenticeship training programs offered at Camosun, including: Automotive Service Technician; Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Mechanic; Welding C, B and A levels; Carpentry; Electrical; Fine Furniture; Horticulture; Nautical; Plumbing, Refrigeration and Pipe Trades; Professional Cook; and, Sheet Metal Technician.

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Last updated: May 26, 2011 2:09 pm

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