Students get a taste of Manitou
BUDDING Plant Operators and Land-based Engineers from Duchy College Rosewarne came face-to-face with impressive Manitou tractors and handlers this week.
Representatives from Vincent Tractors and Manitou UK were using the College facilities to launch the new Manitou MLA 630 Handler to customers, allowing them to try out the six speed power shift transmission and spacious new cab. There were also a number of other handlers and tractors for potential customers to try.
Lucky students were able to get stuck in as well and jumped at the chance to have a go at using the handlers, as well as chatting to staff to find out more about the company and its products.
Plant Operations student Matthew Parsons, 19, from Hayle said: “They are good machines with lots of new up-to-date technology. I thought they were nice and smooth to drive; it was a good day and great that they came in to college.”
Fellow student James Andrews, 18, from St Erth added: “It was nice to have something new to drive, all the experience in driving a range of machines helps with the practical tests during the course.”
Tom Rapson, 17, from Helston said: “I drove the centre pivot telehandler; it was great to drive a piece of kit that has only just gone into production! All really good experience.”
During the afternoon Manitou representatives gave Land-based Engineering students an hour long-presentation on the company history and new product range.
Andrew Counsell, Head of Duchy College, said: “This was great experience for the students, they learn so much from speaking to industry representative’s first-hand. Thanks to Vincent Tractors and Manitou UK for making sure the students got involved.”
For further details about the Land-based Engineering and Plant Operation courses at Duchy College Rosewarne phone 0845 605 0455 or go to www.duchy.ac.uk.