Senior maintenance warrant officers from several units across Fort Hood attended Caterpillar maintenance training Dec. 16-20 at the Regional Training Site–Maintenance.
Jimmy Lundy, the senior technical instructor for Holt/Caterpillar, based out of San Antonio, said the training week started with classroom discussions about the maintenance support device and electronic training manuals followed by several days of hands-on practical exercises diagnosing mechanical issues in several different vehicles.
Lundy said the training gave maintenance technicians who had little to no previous experience with the Caterpillar engine systems an opportunity to dig into the systems and gain firsthand familiarity working on engines.
The training was coordinated through the 13th Sustainment Command’s support operations section by working with the Army’s Ordnance Regiment and Caterpillar, said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Douglas Evans, maintenance chief with the 13th’s materiel readiness branch.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joseph Thomas, squadron maintenance technician for Fires Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, said the training gave him a wider knowledge of the equipment capabilities.
“We’ve had this equipment in our motor pools, but now we can have a better understanding of how it works and what it can do for us,” Thomas said. “This equipment (maintenance support device) will certainly save us both time and money. We can plug in the computer and, through reviewing the codes, we can determine where a fault is located in the engine and repair that part.”
Evans said the training will be valuable for the warrant officers and well worth the time away from their units.
“Taking this many warrant officers away from their units is challenging with all of the competing requirements of gunneries, field training and daily operations,” Evans said. “I believe this training will help us diagnose these engines and save the Army money. If we avoid replacing one engine by repairing it, then the training has paid for itself. All of this will increase readiness as we diagnose faster with better accuracy. Bringing this type of training to our soldiers will help us cut contractor cost and build confidence in their abilities.”