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Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) has joined with Spartanburg Technical College in Spartanburg, S.C., to develop a specialized motorhome technician training program.
The goal of the program is to elevate the level of knowledge and skills of technicians working on motorhome chassis at Freightliner dealerships and RV service centers across the U.S. and Canada.
“Technicians specialized in servicing and repairing motorhome chassis will be able to better meet our customers’ needs, helping to enhance their RV ownership experience,” said Dave Hoover, manager of customer service at FCCC.
The new program will focus on training technicians in all areas of motorhome service preparation for ASE certification. After students have completed the program, they will have the opportunity to participate in internships through the Freightliner dealer network. FCCC will assist in the placement of students with RV dealerships and RV service centers.
“Students will have a great opportunity for jobs right out of school and dealerships will have mechanics who are specialized in working on Freightliner motorhome chassis,” Hoover said. “It’s a win-win situation.”
Additionally, FCCC and Spartanburg Technical College are working together to build another branch of the technical college where students can receive on-the-job training. The campus, scheduled to open in mid-2004, will be built in Gaffney, S.C., and will also become the new home of FCCC’s factory service center. This joint location of facilities will provide students with hands-on access to the most current diesel chassis technology.
“FCCC is the only manufacturer in the RV industry to develop a program of this kind,” Hoover said.
More than 500 residents of Cherokee County, S.C., where Gaffney is located, already commute to Spartanburg to attend classes, so the construction of the new campus will benefit many of the residents by reducing the length of their drives.
The new campus also will open up opportunities for area businesses to send employees to receive additional training or pursue further education without leaving the county.
“Everyone in Cherokee County and at Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., has been enthusiastic, and we look forward to a great relationship with FCCC,” said Bob Isenhower, vice president for planning at Spartanburg Technical College.
FCCC manufactures chassis for the diesel- pusher motorhome, delivery walk-in van, school bus and shuttle bus markets. It is a subsidiary of truck manufacturer Freightliner LLC and a unit of DaimlerChrysler AG, the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.