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Industry Donation to NBCC Advances Skilled Trades in Province

MONCTON, NB - New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) proudly accepted the keys to a 2020 Western Star 4900SA transport truck at its Moncton campus on Thursday, November 4. The truck, donated by Daimler Trucks North America, will be incorporated into the school’s Truck and Transport Service Technician curriculum, and provide students with the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art machinery.

"Nothing is more relevant frankly than ensuring we have capable technicians who are able to diagnose and fix time sensitive equipment where uptime is crucial and valued," said Brad Thiessen, Vice President and General Manager, Daimler Trucks North America.

Universal Truck and Trailer (UTT), a leading dealer of two Daimler Truck brands, Freightliner and Western Star, has had a strong working relationship with NBCC and actively participated in helping make this donation a reality.

“As an employer of nearly 50 licensed mechanics and 19 apprentices, we see the need for more skilled workers in New Brunswick every day,” said Stephan Paillant, General Manager of Universal Truck and Trailer. “Supporting training and development, especially in a local capacity, is an investment in our future as well as the students’.”

“As we prepare our learners for the workplaces of tomorrow, it’s essential that we provide them with opportunities to learn using the latest technology and equipment that they’ll encounter on the job,” said Mary Butler, President and CEO of NBCC. “We simply couldn’t do it without the generous support of industry partners like Daimler and Universal.”

Students in the Truck and Transport Service Technician program are eager to get under the hood of the new Western Star.

“This is the future,” said Aaron Beaman. “This is really going to help out as we go into this trade. We’ll know what new stuff is out there and keep up to date with it.”

Classmate Kent Silverthorn agreed: “We have the opportunity now to work on something new to get us ready for a work environment.”

The 2020 4900SA Model

  • DD16, 15.6L, 600hp, 1800RPM, 1850 lb/ft Torque Engine.

  • EPA/CARB GHG 17 Configuration

  • Eaton Fuller FO20E318B MXP UltraShift Plus Transmission

  • Meritor MFS-20-133A 20,000 lb Front Axle

  • Meritor RZ69-166 69,000 lb Wide Track Tridem Rear Axle

  • Airliner 69,000 lb Triaxle Rear Suspension

  • 4:30 Axle Ratio

About NBCC

With six campuses across New Brunswick, NBCC contributes to New Brunswick’s social and economic prosperity by supporting the aspirations of individual learners, seizing the opportunities of the labour market, and collaboratively solving the challenges of communities and industry. In addition to more than 90 certificate and diploma programs, NBCC also provides specialized and customized trades training to meet the needs of specific sectors and communities. Find out more information on NBCC programs by visiting:

About Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

About Universal Truck and Trailer

Universal Truck and Trailer is a leader in sales, service, and parts in Atlantic Canada, ready to meet your every need. Serving customers for over forty years, UTT is the largest heavy-duty truck and trailer dealership under one roof, with a network of satellite service and parts centres throughout New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island to serve you better. Learn more at

Media contact:

Tanya Greer, Lead, Strategic Communications, NBCC

(506) 440-9105 |


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