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September 27, 2013

Automotive students take field trip to Inland Truck Parts and Service


A short trip to Inland Truck Parts and Service in Wichita on Sept. 23 is sure to make a lasting impression on Cowley College’s automotive students.

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Automotive students from the school’s main campus in Arkansas City were graciously welcomed by Dennis Bowers, Inland Truck Parts and Service General Manager, Gary Wells, Component Shop Manager, and Jeff Dumcum, Service Manager.


field tripStudents were in awe of the new building and equipment that is used in the facility. Inland Truck Parts has occupied the new building since February of this year. Students toured the service area where Jeff Dumcum informed them of some of the processes that take place when a vehicle comes in for service. The building exhaust system, the length of personnel services, wages, tools, and the wireless lifting system were just a few of the many subjects students learned about.

One of the most interesting pieces of equipment is the wireless lifts. These units are portable and can be used independently or together to completely lift a truck, using coordinated radio frequency allowing the lifts to rise at the same exact time and speed.

Once students were content with their visit in the service area, they were taken through the warehouse and delivered to the component shop where the master craftsmen continued the tour.  Students closely watched the techniques that were laid out for them by the craftsmen. Each one has his own specialty job, and it is obvious they take much pride in what they do. Whether you need transmissions, engines, heads rebuilt, or drive shafts custom made, these craftsmen tackle the jobs with confidence and precision.

Cowley College’s automotive students are grateful to Inland Truck Parts and Service for their hospitality.

Daniel Stroede, Cowley College automotive student, commented how impressed he was with Inland Truck Parts and Service.

“Their shop is so clean and they have great equipment.” Said Stroede, who is planning to become a diesel mechanic after Cowley College.

Michael Frederick, Cowley College automotive student, was also impressed with the tour.

“We gained a lot of knowledge from Inland Truck Parts, and saw what it was like in a real shop setting.” Said Frederick.

Cowley College automotive instructor Jim Ailey thought the field trip was beneficial for his students and is looking forward to future trips to the facility.

“I was very pleased with the professionalism of the Inland Parts and Service personnel, their willingness to share their knowledge with our students, and I am delighted that they have invited us to come back to visit anytime,” Ailey said.

Cowley College’s Mulvane automotive students are scheduled to visit Inland Truck Parts and Service on October 7.