Students in the Heavy Equipment Science program at Fairdale High School will be able to train with professional equipment thanks to a recent donation from Louisville Water Company.
Fairdale instructor Dave Myers called it “a very generous donation of personal protective equipment and pipe materials for the students to work with in lab activities.
“This donation will not only improve the lab activity safety environment but [also] will give the students the opportunity to simulate working around live utilities. The donation is a game-changer for the students when working in lab activities and when they join the workforce.”
The Heavy Equipment Science program helps students learn how to operate such equipment as bulldozers, backhoes, excavators and front-end loaders. Louisville Water’s donation of safety gear included hard hats as well as safety glasses and vests. Students will use the donated pieces of pipe to practice real-world excavations.
Louisville Water representatives have been members of the Heavy Equipment Science Board of Directors for about a decade. The current members are Adam Carter (a Plumber Leader’s Assistant and president of Louisville Water’s union, AFSCME Local 1683) and Joe Schmitt (Distribution Operations Manager).
Carter said, “Louisville Water benefits from the program because multiple graduates have pursued and obtained full-time positions within the company. These employees not only come into the workforce with experience and knowledge of heavy equipment and construction but also the importance of safety and the dangers that associate with doing this type of work.
“We are also entertaining the possibility of utilizing some of Fairdale’s heavy equipment simulators for training Louisville Water union employees in their efforts of becoming qualified heavy equipment operators. The sky is the limit on opportunities from partnering with Fairdale High School’s Heavy Equipment Science program, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future.”