Northeastern Diesel Technology Students Benefit from Truck Donation by Interstate Batteries

Northeastern Junior College’s Diesel Technology program recently received a 2001 Kenworth T300 truck donated by Interstate Batteries of the Rockies students will gain valuable new experience with.

November 22, 2019
Northeastern Junior College Diesel Technology students post for a photo with representatives from Interstate Batteries of the Rockies.

“The partnership Northeastern has with Interstate enables us to add important new learning tools for students to be successful as a diesel technician,” said Jimmy Atencio, coordinator of the diesel technology program at Northeastern. “I would like to thank the route manager, Rick Kreps, for helping make this donation happen.”

The Kenworth T300 has a Caterpillar 3126B six-cylinder diesel engine with an HEIU fuel system. This gives students an opportunity to learn how to diagnose and remedy problems in a Caterpillar 3126B diesel engine, which is a medium-duty engine used in dump trucks, long haul trucks, ambulances, buses, RVs, boats, cranes, fire trucks and more. While this is an older model, there have been only a few updates to the 3126 engine limited to electronics, not the engine itself.

“We see a lot of value in what this donation can do for students that graduate from Northeastern’s diesel program,” said Michael Johnston, owner of Interstate Batteries of the Rockies. “This is a common diesel engine with modern fuel and emissions systems they can expect to see often in the real world.”

For more information regarding Northeastern’s Diesel Technologies program, contact Jimmy Atencio at or by calling 970-521-6692. Prospective students can get more information as well by contacting Northeastern’s Admissions office at or 970-521-7000.

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