By Scott SturkolMarch 14, 2019
Seven students from across the Army completed approximately 175 hours of training in February for phase two of the 91L10 Construction Equipment Maintenance Repairer Course at Fort McCoy's Regional Training Site (RTS)-Maintenance facility.
The completion of the course provided the students with certification in the Army's "91-Lima" career field - construction equipment repairer. According to the Army, construction-equipment repairers are responsible for maintaining trucks, bulldozers, power shovels, and other heavy equipment needed for construction operations.
Sgt. 1st Class Charles K. Abert, course manager at RTS-Maintenance, said students complete phase one of their training - approximately 114 hours - through distance learning prior to coming to Fort McCoy to finish phase two.
During phase two training, Abert said students learn about shop operations; electrical, diesel-engine, hydraulic, and power-train systems; preventative-maintenance checks and services; and battle-damage assessment and repair. Students also learn more about using special and general mechanic tools; test, measurement and diagnostic equipment; and more.
"This course helps them complete their understanding of what's required for the 91 Lima field," Abert said.
Sgt. Garrett Maxwell with Detachment 1, Company E, 40th Brigade Support Battalion of San Diego, Calif., said the course helped him build better skills.
"I have grown significantly as both a noncommissioned officer and as a mechanic," Maxwell said. "The hands-on experience (I received) will prove to be invaluable."
The hands-on training in the shop also was a highlight of training for Staff Sgt. Joshua Cosme with the 442nd Engineer Company of Angleton, Texas. He said he especially liked taking an engine out of a grader and reinstalling it.
"This class went great, and I would love to have more time to learn," Cosme said. "This course also helped me merge my personal knowledge with military skills to assist in managing Soldiers at my home station."
Sgt. Christopher Nieves with E Company, 536th Forward Support Battalion at Houston had his own appreciation and said the training will help his unit in Texas.
"This course helped me learn more about hydraulic systems, which will help me with my job at my unit," Nieves said. "Some of the best parts of the course were the electronic schematics and learning how to follow proper orders when troubleshooting."
Building better skills also was important for Spc. Alan Kienow with the 152nd Support Maintenance Company of Augusta, Ga.
"This course advanced my understanding of main power train components," Kienow said. "And the best parts of this course included the rebuilding of engines and the hands-on instruction with specialty tools."
All of the students will continue to build their skills after they return to their units, Abert said.
Cosme said Fort McCoy was a good location for the training. "Fort McCoy is a nice post and I've enjoyed my time training here," he said.
RTS-Maintenance at Fort McCoy trains Soldiers in both active and reserve components of the Army.
Located in the heart of the upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only U.S. Army installation in Wisconsin. The installation has provided support and facilities for the field and classroom training of more than 100,000 military personnel from all services each year since 1984.
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