Eastern Arizona College Partners with Freeport-McMoRan and Empire Southwest to Develop Diesel Technician Program

Eastern Arizona College (EAC) is proud to partner with industry leaders Freeport-McMoRan and Empire Southwest in the development of a comprehensive Diesel Technician Program set to begin for the Fall 2024 Semester. This collaborative effort underscores EAC’s commitment to meeting industry needs by providing students with specialized training tailored to the demands of the modern workforce.

The Diesel Technician Program at EAC is designed in close consultation with Freeport-McMoRan and Empire Southwest, ensuring that the curriculum aligns precisely with the requirements of the diesel systems industry. Leveraging the expertise and insights of these partners, EAC aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in their careers as diesel technicians.

“This partnership exemplifies Eastern Arizona College’s dedication to providing our students with the highest quality education and training,” said Todd Haynie, president of EAC. “By collaborating with industry leaders, we can ensure that our program not only meets but exceeds industry standards, preparing our students for success in the competitive field of diesel technology.”

Through this innovative partnership, students enrolled in the Diesel Technician Program will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, and resources. Additionally, students will benefit from internship and apprenticeship opportunities, gaining invaluable hands-on experience under the guidance of industry professionals.

“We are pleased to partner with Eastern Arizona College in the development of this program,” said Vicki Seppala, general manager Safford, with Freeport-McMoRan. “As a leader in the mining industry, we understand the importance of investing in the next generation of skilled technicians. We are proud to support the growth and success of aspiring diesel technicians in the Gila Valley.”

In addition to hands-on training, students will receive mentorship and guidance from instructors who are experts in the field of diesel technology. EAC is currently in the process of hiring a qualified instructor who will lead the program and ensure that students receive the highest quality education.

“At Empire Southwest, our mission is focused on providing our clients the services and solutions they need to be successful, and this partnership with Eastern Arizona College embodies that commitment,” states Jeff Faunce, Mining Commercial Manager at Empire Southwest. “By investing in EAC’s Diesel Technician Program, we are not only enhancing the skill set of future technicians but also ensuring the advancement and success of our industry.”

To secure your spot in this program, contact EAC’s Records and Registration Office at (928) 428-8270 or register online at www.eac.edu. For a comprehensive view of available classes, explore the online, searchable class schedule at https://classsearch.eac.edu/.

Eastern Arizona College extends its sincere gratitude to Freeport-McMoRan and Empire Southwest for their invaluable partnership and support. Together, we are shaping the future of the diesel systems industry and empowering students to achieve their full potential.