Ferris State University Receives Equipment Donation From Consumers Energy

Students at Ferris State University powering up their hands-on learning thanks to a donation valued at $20,000 from Consumers Energy.

Consumers made the donation to the university’s Heavy Equipment Service Technology program.

They received a bucket truck and 10 laptop computers no longer needed by consumers.

The laptops allow students and professors to run software needed to diagnose problems on newer heavy equipment.

Students will refurbish part of the truck and use it for analysis and diagnostic training.

They’ll also be able to use it for hydraulics training.

“The new ones are harder to get our hands on with the newer emissions systems, and electronics and so that will be a good benefit to the students being able to access that, also that frees up funds for other things we need,” said Gary Maikey, Program Coordinator and Professor for HEST.

Students will start working on the truck in the spring semester.