Four Star Freightliner creates Diesel Tech Training Program

Published 07/28 2014 09:34PM

Updated 07/28 2014 09:41PM

DOTHAN, ALA., JULY 28, 2014 -- The shortage of diesel mechanics can make it difficult to hire and retain good technicians. Four Star Freightliner, Inc. has taken action by creating the Four Star Freightliner Diesel Technician Training Program.

It was created by dealer principal Jerry Kocan in Montgomery, Ala., to fill a void and to secure future technicians for the five dealerships across the southeast.

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

David Carroll was appointed to lead the training program from the Dothan location of Four Star Freightliner.

Four Star Freightliner has partnered with the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Mechanics program at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Opp, Alabama. 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.

"They teach me something every day," said trainee Blake Flowers of Jack, Ala. "As soon as you think you know a good bit, you're wrong. There's always something causing problems that you've never seen."
Flowers' classmate agrees.

"This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come here and do this, then to take what I learned here and go back to school," said John Matthew Daniels of Samson, Ala.

It's a win-win situation for the trainees and Four Star Freightliner.

"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."

For some of the trainees, it's a job they've always dreamed of.

"I grew up around cars," said Cory Anderson from Opp, Ala. Daddy was in the body business. I always like traveling, watching the 18-wheelers roll by. I always thought that was cool."

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.

"They're not knocking our doors down looking for jobs. In this industry, they have a great opportunity to make a good living and be close to home," said Carroll.
From all indications, the trainees seem to agree.

"What I've learned so far is unbelievable. This place (Four Star Freightliner) has taught me a lot. The people here are fantastic. They don't mind answering questions, helping or anything like that."

Carroll said he believes the program will continue to expand and catch on at other places. He said the students have a great opportunity to make a good living and be close to home.  David Carroll, Service Training Manager can be reached at davidc@fourstarfreightliner or 1-800-239-8785.

About Four Star Freightliner

Four Star Freightliner prides itself on providing customers with world class truck products from Daimler (Freightliner, Western Star and Fuso) and a full spectrum of services. It maintains one of the most comprehensive networks of dealerships and service centers in the Southeast region. There are 5 locations to support customers’ needs: Montgomery, Ala.; Dothan, Ala.; Tifton, Ga.; Valdosta Ga., and Tallahassee, Fla. Visit us online at