"There's a shortage of technicians in the industry and trying to get new kids into the industry and work on the newer product," said Troy Hanscom, a sales manager at Freightliner of Maine. "Things are changing so fast and it's hard for them to keep up with that."
To help students keep up with the growing demands of the trucking industry, Freightliner of Maine donated a truck to EMCC.
"It really impacts our program a lot. By us physically having our own truck now, we can change our curriculum to meet the demands the industry is looking for our students to have for knowledge, when they leave here," said Lowell Gardner, the department chair at EMCC's Diesel, Truck & Heavy Equipment Program.
The truck was donated to the school's Diesel, Truck and Heavy Equipment Program.
"This program is unbelievable," said Jeff Lindsey, a student at the school. "We get a lot of hands on experience. We get to be able to go through the engine completely. We tear them down and then get to put them all back together."
It's equipped with modern day technology.
"We needed this because some of the older trucks didn't have that equipment," said Lindsey. "Being able to work on something that's not obsolete is huge."
EMCC is currently developing a commercial drivers license program that it hopes to offer next spring. The donation of the truck also helps the school compete with other programs in the state.
"The state of Maine is a big state," said Gardner. "A lot of stuff gets hauled back and forth on trucks. That's what keeps the state of Maine going. Whenever we can train our students to keep these equipment operable, it keeps the state of Maine going."