BIG RAPIDS – Students in Ferris State University’s Heavy Equipment Technology program will have hands-on learning opportunities with the Model RT 82-SC Trench Roller thanks to a donation by Wacker Neuson.
“Construction and agricultural equipment donations are difficult to obtain but are essential for the accreditation of Ferris’ Heavy Equipment Technology program,” said Keith Cripe, professor and department chair of HET at Ferris. “The added significance of this donation is that the equipment is brand new.”
Trench Rollers, used to compact soil by smoothing it with vibrating rollers, produce a sturdy base of earth for laying foundations and cement. Features of the Trench Roller, such as a dual joystick control box for easy steering and an infrared signal with line-of-sight control, add safety for operational use in five-foot wide trenches, or holes.
Former Wacker Neuson representative Dave Christifulli said it’s part of the Wacker Neuson philosophy to give back to the community through educational programs. “We’re big on education and training; teaching others about product safety and training. It all ties together,” he said. “When these students graduate, they can apply what they learned from using the equipment and be well-trained for their career. This way they contribute on the job from day one.”
College of Engineering Technology Dean Tom Oldfield added, “Ferris takes a hands-on approach to educating students and providing them with access and opportunity to receive a high-quality education. The continued collaboration with business and industry partners such as Wacker Neuson, ensures Ferris will continue to graduate students who can hit the ground running.”
Wacker Neuson is a global manufacturer of light and compact equipment for professional use in construction, gardening, landscaping and agriculture, as well as among municipal bodies and companies in the industrial and recycling sectors. Wacker Neuson offers 300 product categories and complementary rental, spare parts and repair services with more than 30 affiliates and more than 180 sales and service stations across the globe.