HS Junior, Cas Douglas Prepares for Future Career through DE Classes
Caswell ‘Cas’ Douglas is a junior at Dodge County High School and is in his second semester of taking Diesel Equipment Technology classes at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) in Dublin.
Douglas is working toward certification as a Diesel Engine Service Technician and earning dual credit for high school and college through OFTC’s Dual Enrollment Program which covers a student’s full tuition and most fees and textbook costs.
“Some of the teachers at my high school talked to me about taking dual enrollment classes at OFTC and I was interested because I wanted to get a jump start on my college career,” Douglas shared.
Douglas grew up around diesel machines and said his desire to “be able and repair them” drove him to consider taking diesel classes.
Now in his second semester at OFTC, Douglas recognizes the hands-on experience he’s receiving as extremely beneficial, especially since the skills he’s learning in class go hand-in-hand with his responsibilities as a field service technician for Chauncey Farm Supply where he works every day after school and most Saturday’s.
“Like all equipment, it tears up from time to time and my job is to help diagnose the problems with the equipment and then fix the problem, which is usually electrical,” Douglas shared.
Douglas uses the skills and knowledge learned in his OFTC diesel classes to help in electrical troubleshooting of the Rienke Irrigation Pivots which are commonly used by local farmers and sold by Chauncey Farm Supply.
After his experience troubleshooting diesel equipment and learning the proper skills and techniques required to make repairs in his classes at OFTC, Douglas says he knows he wants to pursue a career as a diesel technician when he graduates from high school.
“I want to make a good diesel mechanic and a name for myself in this field,” Douglas said.
And from his two semesters so far, Douglas is well on his way to a successful career according to OFTC Diesel Equipment Technology Instructor, Brent Redfern. “Cas does not fear trying new things,” Redfern said. “I can place a task before him that he’s never seen and in a matter of minutes he will have it diagnosed or repaired. Cas is going to set the standard and raise the bar for what an employee should be in the workforce and I’m excited to have him in the diesel program and see where his career choice will take him.”
Looking back on his time this far, Cas is glad he made the choice to start college early through dual enrollment at OFTC. “I’m glad that I started taking dual enrollment classes at OFTC,” he said, “and I strongly recommend the diesel mechanic program. Mr. Redfern is a great instructor who helps me with diesel mechanics whether I am at school or on the job.”