CTEC receives 2022 Mercedes-Benz donation – Shelby County Reporter

By MEG HERNDON | Employees members Creator

COLUMBIANA – On Friday, Dec. 10, the Occupation Advanced Educational Coronary heart (CTEC) in Columbiana obtained a brand new 2022 European product Mercedes SUV that was donated to CTEC by Mercedes-Benz U.S. Worldwide, Inc.

The brand new SUV, which is a repurposed check automotive, shall be utilised by the Automotive Technological know-how, Producing, Collision Mend Applied sciences, Robotics and Automated Manufacturing packages at CTEC.

“That is the, by a lot, newest, costliest (automotive or truck) that we now have bought,” reported Robert Irwin, automotive technological know-how instructor at CTEC. “That is probably the most technologically subtle automotive or truck we’ve ever skilled beneath. And what’s so superior about it’s, I’m assuming that it was crafted listed right here, so for Mercedes to present a group occupation complicated giant college methodology a mannequin new car, which is nice on their half, method too, supplying once more to the area people.”

Upfront of getting the Mercedes, the most recent car they skilled was from 2017.

Essentially the most present, state-of-the-art technological innovation within the auto will assist the learners familiarize by themselves with the digital side of newer motor autos, which is popping into further and much more prevalent.

“For the automotive, they’ve so a number of autos that they’ve to find in regards to the digital, robotics, computerized facet,” mentioned CTEC supervisor, Julie Godfrey. “It’s a terrific matter for us for the scholars to be uncovered and be succesful to know from a more moderen car and a motorcar that’s plainly distinct and that they aren’t utilized to.”

Mercedes-Benz donated 15 exercise utility cars valued at $700,000 throughout Alabama. 13 of which went to superior colleges and two went to local people colleges.

Seth Corridor, a Shelby County Vital College senior who’s studying automotive engineering at CTEC was psyched when he heard the information in regards to the donation.

“It’s going to be nice to search out out what to do and see how all of the issues now will work and the way virtually every thing connects,” Corridor acknowledged.

“It’s going to assist primarily as a result of it’s a brand new automobile, and it’s electrical,” Corridor talked about. “So, in case you start messing with it now and discovering utilized to all of the applied sciences (it can assist) if you go to look for a piece.”

The donated automotive will even be useful to different CTEC techniques as very nicely, like robotics and automatic manufacturing.

“One of many issues that shall be useful to us is we now have talked a ton about wiring harnesses and go about repairs for wiring harnesses and acquiring considerations with them,” claimed James Hill, robotics and automatic producing instructor. “However an entire lot of the learners don’t genuinely comprehend or know what the wiring harness is or precisely the place it’s at.”

A wiring harness is {an electrical} meeting, typically uncovered beneath the dashboard, that connects all of the elements in a car to transmit electrical energy and information to a single program.

“That’s a single of the problems you can’t simulate,” Hill defined. “When you bought a single, you obtained only one, in case you don’t, you actually don’t. So which is 1 of the issues, I think about, that can benefit us.”

Mark McCary, CTEC’s collision repair know-how instructor additionally pressured the relevance and worth of the automotive’s most up-to-date technological know-how.

“One of many largest (constructive facets) could be the up to date know-how which is on it,” McCary talked about. “We shall be able to acknowledge the distinct types of content material that was employed within the design of this auto from distinctive types of metal to the aluminums. It’s mainly obtained a substantial amount of carbon fiber components below the hood. All the security techniques which might be on it. Airbag items, essentially, only a up to date car for us to carry out on.”