Diesel Performance Club Experiences Global Eye-Opener at Volvo Facility

Published 04.10.2013

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Students tour the dynometer room, where engines arrive from Sweden, France, and North and South America. The engines are tested to ensure industry settings are consistent throughout the world and shipped back out to global destinations.Students observe the dynometer lab room, where efficiency, emission standards and compliance are among the items checked.Students had the opportunity to meet and speak with industry officials throughout the facility tour. The Diesel Performance Club visited the Volvo Powertrain facility in Hagerstown, Md., on March 26. The 1.5-million-square-foot facility designs and manufactures the Volvo D11, D13 and D16 engines, as well as other driveline components including the 300 series transmissions and I-shift automated transmissions. Thirty-five students in diesel technology and machining majors – along with adviser Mark E. Sones, an instructor of diesel equipment technology in the School of Natural Resources Management – boarded a 7 a.m. bus to depart for the facility. “This trip opened my eyes to the vast global opportunities available in the diesel technology field," said club President Steven M. Seguine, a diesel technology student from Clinton, N.J., who coordinated the trip (and provided the photos). "The day moved quickly, but was a great off-campus learning experience.” The Volvo Powertrain facility hosted them for lunch.