By Dale Walters
On Sunday, September 11, 2011, we had a day of fun at Lake Ocoee (Parksville Lake). The weather was perfect - sunny and 85 degrees, the water was clear and warm. The activities were swimming, canoeing, skiing, and diving off the rope swing, as well as using floats to relax in the water or hanging out on dry land in hammocks. The rope swing was great fun, swinging 15-20 feet above the water before letting go. A picnic lunch of sub sandwiches, fruit, cookies, and cold drinks was provided on our island base camp by Emiko and Lezlee.
We had two boats that provided us with the opportunity to go skiing and tubing. Russell Hallman, our lead technician in the auto shop, brought his ski boat and his aunt and uncle, the Spicers, brought their boat as well. Some got to ski for the first time and others went tubing. Russell took great joy in trying to knock the tube riders off using the wake created by the boat. The next day more than one person was sore from holding on through all the “fun” of being airborne over the waves. Some were experienced slalom skiers and wake boarders and enjoyed the opportunity for some good water. The lake was not crowded which made it all that much more enjoyable.
We also had several canoes and kayaks available to take for jaunts up inlets of the lake, exploring coves and discovering more swings from trees into the lake as well as potential campsites for another time.
As usual, between activities, everyone enjoyed swapping stories and visiting. The whole day provided students the opportunity to see their faculty in a very different setting. By the end of the day, several were getting quite sunburned, but I believe everyone thought the day was great fun.
We ended the day by sending the supplies in the ski boat to the shore as the rest of us got back in the canoes and kayaks to paddle back across to where our cars were parked.
Technology students and staff performed free vehicle inspections at the Samaritan Center on Sunday, April 17. The purpose is to help people "Be Car Care Aware" because often people are not aware of the maintenance needed on their vehicles. This year we inspected 23 vehicles plus a few special requests on certain things.
Of the vehicles inspected, 65% were either low on fluids, or needed them changed, 35% had check engine lights on, 26% needed new belts, 17% needed at least battery terminals cleaned, and 13% had issues with lights, hoses, and filters.
Thanks to a great group of volunteers who contributed 42 hours!
Between the end of the fall semester 2010 and January, 2011, we had a major improvement in the Auto Shop. Everything had to be taken out so a new epoxy finish could be put down on the floor. Looking Great.
CAR SHOW AT SOUTHERN
What a beautiful day it was to bring out cars from classics to sports.
A great way to start off the semester with a nice trip to the Hiwassee where there was canoeing and just plain fun in the sun.
Abdiel Santana jumping off of an abandoned railroad bridge.
NICARAGUA MISSION TRIP
Pick-up bed that Eric and Ray Sines started two years ago was finally completed.
This year 13 volunteers from the technology department met on April 11 at the Ooltewah Samaritan Center to participate in a free car inspection. Members from the community were able to bring their cars to be inspected by students in the automotive program. Although the inspections were free, donations were taken for the Samaritan Center. A total of 33 cars were inspected.
Luke Stanaway & Zac Thieme James Maynard takes a look Andrew Eszler checks
discuss the results of their under the hood. tire pressure. .
inspection with vehicle owner.
Two students in the architectural drafting program recently had the opportunity to develop a full set of architectural plans for a house that will be built this year. Nancy Daily heard about the architectural drafting program from Ray Carson. She came with a proposal for the students to produce a set of plans for a 3,500 square foot house that she will have built on a five and a half acre piece of property in West Virginia.
Students Joe Durichek and Trevor Culp were glad to take the opportunity to practice what they’ve learned. In addition to working with Mrs. Daily, they also met with the general contractor who will build the house to review the plans. Culp says that, “through this experience I have learned to transpose an idea into a set of plans.”
Mrs. Daily is very happy with the professional set of plans she received. “They’ve done a great job and I am very pleased with their work”, says Daily. Construction for the house will begin this spring.
Dale Walters, chair of the technology department, recently attended a hybrid clinic hosted by Delphi at Protech Automotive in Chattanooga. Walters and other participants looked at a Ford Escape and a Toyota Prius.
Hybrids run on batteries that are charged by their engine. The engine is able to start on its own if the battery needs charging. The Toyota Prius runs on 226 volts and the Escape runs on 300 volts. Walters says that the electrical systems in these cars are much different than the standard 12 volt system and that it is necessary to take extra safety precaution so avoid electrocution.
Walters would like to add a class focusing on hybrid vehicles to the curriculum in the next couple of years. There are also plans to implement a diesel engine class in the near future as well.
38 of these batteries go into a Toyota Prius