Construction of HGTC’s new diesel engine technician facility to be completed in September

CONWAY SC (WBTW) — Construction is underway for a new diesel engine technician facility for students at Horry Georgetown Technical College.
The installation is part of the expansion of the college’s diesel engine technology program.

The building is located at the Atlantic Business Center across from Highway 501 and features three sliding garage doors, one of which is large enough to accommodate a tractor-trailer.

The 17,000 square foot facility is double the size of the old one, allowing 35 students to enroll in the program.
The construction crews fitted out two classrooms, bathrooms, a conference room, a canteen and staff offices.

HGTC said last month that the facility should be ready for students in August. The school has now said construction should be finished by early September.

“There’s such a demand for diesel technicians,” said Jeff Ball, academic director and professor in HGTC’s Department of Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies. “So many different people or companies in our service area are hiring diesel technicians because of the amount of diesel engines that power automobiles and heavy equipment today.”

Ball said once the installation is complete, it could potentially allow more students to enroll in the program, which would allow for overnight cohorts.

The course starts on August 22.

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