Spring 2011 |
At 57, Diesel Technology Student Keeps Driving Forward
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Academic Program: Diesel Technology
Hobbies: Creating wood carvings by hand, including small figurines or
Personal Philosophy: "I believe in positive things and positive people. When
you want to do something and the thing isn't easy, you go through whatever you have to, and at
the end, you accomplish it. When I see people all over the world doing that, I pay
Carlos Jimenez worked as a mechanic for years, learning the industry as he went along, but he
always hoped he could one day get the formal training to back up his skills.
At age 57, Jimenez enrolled as a full-time student in MCC's Diesel Technology Program. As he
works toward an associate degree, he is learning the theory and gaining the practice he needs to
fix heavy trucks and equipment the right way and navigate the latest technology such big rigs
employ. "I really like it because my instructor is a very hands-on type of guy," he said. "We
don't just read about it. We actually work on the equipment."
Students in MCC's Diesel Technology Program get plenty of practice in the 43,000-square foot
Applied Technology Center, where ample lab space allows trades students to hone their skills
with the latest equipment and technologies.
Originally from Mexico, Jimenez has lived in the U.S. for 40 years as a legal resident. Here,
he worked hard and raised two children, now adults. He came to Omaha with the dream of going
back to school. "Now is the time for me to do what I want to do and achieve what I always
wanted," he said.
Four days a week, Jimenez heads to the Applied Technology Center to practice the latest
technologies and procedures. Sure, an associate degree will open up employment doors, but
Jimenez is more excited that when he removes the next transmission from a big rig, he knows he
has the training and experience to take his work to the next level.
Graduation couldn't come sooner. "I'm excited about it," he said. "I think I'll be very
happy. I'll be jumping up and down."