Thanks to a gift of over $40,000 in Yamaha Outboard motors and parts, the Marine and Outdoor Power Equipment program at the Eastern Suffolk BOCES (ESBOCES) Harry B. Ward Career and Technical Center (WCTC) will be able to ensure their students receive training on state-of-the-industry motors. Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. recently gave the program two 250 horsepower Yamaha outboard motors, tools, parts, and software with which students can practice their repair skills.
“Each of these motors is worth $17,000 and $18,000 respectively,” notes instructor Jason Pickerell. “This amazing gift will enable our students to train on current production Yamaha engines that are very common, not only nationwide, but on Long Island specifically. This opportunity makes our students even more valuable to Yamaha, the marine businesses, and the end user. We are very grateful to Yamaha for this gift.”
Mr. Pickerell personally thanked representatives from Yamaha, who helped facilitate the gift, when they visited the program. He gave them a tour of his classroom and showed how students mounted the motors on carts. Using this procedure, the engines can be “bugged” by the instructor and then diagnosed, repaired, and run by the students. In addition to the hardware, Yamaha gave the program software resources, test equipment, manufacturer approved diagnostics, and repair procedures that will enable the students to learn engine systems and diagnostic techniques using both hands on theory and sophisticated computer diagnostic equipment.
Ron Zastocki, a District Service Representative from the Yamaha office in Kennesaw, Georgia, noted, “It’s a win-win situation. We’re happy to gift schools with used equipment because it helps them produce marine technicians that are badly needed in the United States. We want technicians in marinas in the U.S. to know how to service our motors, so we’re happy to contribute to the learning process. A special thanks should also go out to Juan Potzauf, the call center manager at Yamaha-GA, who helped facilitate this gift.”
Mr. Pickerell agreed, “The students who complete our program have an almost 100% success rate in finding jobs. Our students complete a paid summer internship between their junior and senior years of high school, and are able to land jobs in marinas and sales and repair sites, or create entrepreneurial companies of their own. At a time when jobs are scarce, that’s a pretty amazing placement rate.”
“The relationship Mr. Pickerell has developed with the Yamaha Corporation demonstrates how the hard work our CTE instructors put into growing industry partnerships benefits the students,” notes Dr. Harry Dean, Assistant Principal at WCTC. “As an avid boating community resides here, the marine technology program serves a need in the Eastern Suffolk region, and on Long Island in general. Jason’s program and its successful employment outcomes are a prime example of how ESBOCES provides relevant college and career readiness through its Career Technical Education (CTE) courses.”
Photo Caption #1: L-R: Takeshi Ouchi, Yamaha-Japan, Chad Moesky, Yamaha Department Manager, Kennesaw, GA; Ron Zastocki, Yamaha District Service Representative, Kennesaw, GA; Jason Pickerell, ESBOCES Marine and Outdoor Power Equipment Instructor; Sadayuki Muneta, Yamaha-Japan, and Dr. Harry Dean, Assistant Principal WCTC, with the two Yamaha outboard motors donated by Yamaha, USA.
Source: Eastern Suffolk BOCES news release dated Aug. 7, 2012