To help fill a shortage of technicians at its five dealerships, Four Star Freightliner has created a diesel technician training program.

Four Star Freightliner has locations in Montgomery and Dothan, AL; Tifton and Valdosta, GA;  and Tallahassee, FL. The program was created by dealer principal Jerry Kocan.

“We’ve had to go out and find young men and groom them through our own internal systems,” Kocan said.

David Carroll will lead the training from the company’s Dothan dealership.

Four Star Freightliner has partnered with the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Mechanics program at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Opp, AL, on the program. The instructor, Eddie Spann, recommended three of his students for this pilot program, which allows the students to work in the shop on a part-time basis while they complete their formal training at LBW. 

“We want to develop these guys, bring them along and help them any way we can,” said Carroll. “They love it. They can’t wait to get to work. It has really motivated them to do better.”

After graduating from LBW, the students will be offered positions at a Four Star Freightliner dealership. Once they’re employed, Four Star Freightliner will supply them with a tool allowance.