New CAT on the Block

Lima and Chenette in the Alley

Caterpillar Marine recently donated a model 3512 diesel engine to Massachusetts Maritime Academy to be used for training by students in the Academy’s diesel power program. The long-standing partnership between the diesel power program at Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Caterpillar exemplifies how working together can be a win-win situation for both students and industry.

Caterpillar is a world leader in diesel engine manufacturing and has supported Massachusetts Maritime Academy for many years with generous donations of equipment and scholarships. In return, the Academy’s diesel power program produces well-trained graduates for careers in a specialized and challenging field. Many of the graduates have become exemplary employees at Caterpillar who’ve provided valuable guidance and counsel as members of the Academy’s Engineering Advisory Committee.

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy diesel power program is widely regarded as one of the best in the nation, the distinction is primarily due to the vision and leadership of Cmdr. Bradley Lima, recently retired Vice President of Academic Affairs and a 1974 graduate of MMA’s Marine Engineering Program. “Hands on training helps shape our students’ innate talents into marketable skills,” said Lima. “Through partnerships with our businesses, and with donations like this, we are ensuring that our students receive the best training available.”

Massachusetts Maritime graduate Christopher Chenette, who was instrumental in helping to make this donation possible, is living proof of the program’s success. Chenette earned his BS in Marine Engineering in 1995 and is now the Engineering Manager for Marine Application and Installation at Caterpillar in Griffin, Georgia. “The education and training I received at MMA helped me understand how a diesel engine works,” Chenette said. “That kind of hands on training and education was simply invaluable. We trained with specific (diagnostic) and hand tools using the engine service manuals and the expert knowledge from instructors to tear down, assemble, and troubleshoot the engines. There is no doubt my MMA experience helped me achieve my career goals.”