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Winter 2016

Kenan Advantage Group

He tells me to ‘Never leave it for

tomorrow. If you leave it for later, it

could be worse. Get to it right away.’”

Octavio describes Jose as positive,

willing to learn, and understanding

of the cooperation needed between

Mechanics and Drivers. “He continues to

improve and surpass my expectations,”

says Octavio.

A Welcome Opportunity

Jose is grateful for the opportunity

the apprenticeship provided him. “It’s

something many companies don’t

do. It’s hard to find a good job right

out of school. With this program, the

company gets to train Mechanics

and teach them the skills they need,

and I get a chance to learn a new

skill and work for a company with

a good culture.”

Octavio also is an advocate for

the program.

“It’s a program that will give us great

return on our investment by recruiting

young Mechanics who we can train

specifically for the cryogenic industry,”

he says.

“The feedback I’ve received from

Jose’s co-workers is positive,” says

Frank. “We’re not just providing jobs;

we’re providing a great environment

that values career development.”

Good Diesel Mechanics are hard to

find. Finding someone with experience

in cryogenic mechanics is even harder.

That’s why Frank Moran, Area Manager

for Cryogenic Transportation (CTI) in

Sacramento, Calif., decided to start an

internal career development program to

fill the need.

“Our Diesel Mechanic development

program is in place to help retain,

recruit and promote quality Mechanics,”

says Frank.

CTI transports industrial gases that

include liquefied nitrogen, oxygen,

carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide,

helium and argon. The shipments go

to hospitals, food-related companies,

high-tech facilities, laboratories and

industrial users.

These gases are flammable, and it’s

very important when repairing valves or

replacing hoses that the work is done

precisely so the Drivers and their loads

stay safe on the road.

The First Trainee

Enter Jose Hurtado, the first Mechanic

trainee to complete the program and

be promoted to a full-time cryogenic

tech Mechanic position at the Vacaville,

Calif., Terminal.

Jose always had an interest in

automobiles. After high school, he

enrolled at Universal Technical Institute

(UTI) in Sacramento, Calif., to study

both automotive and diesel mechanics.

After a year and a half of study at UTI,

he joined Cryogenic Transportation in

April 2014 and immediately began his

apprenticeship under Octavio Alvarado,

Regional Lead Mechanic.

Octavio, a Diesel Mechanic for more

than 22 years, worked side-by-side

with Jose for a year, teaching him by

example and then letting Jose get

hands-on experience.

The most important thing Octavio

has taught him? “Hard work,” laughs

Jose. “Octavio is a very hard worker.

Apprenticeship a

Win/Win for KAG

Jose Hurtado received training

specifically for work in the

cryogenic-hauling industry under

the guidance of a seasoned veteran.

“WITH THIS PROGRAM,

THE COMPANY

GETS TO TRAIN

MECHANICS AND

TEACH THEM THE

SKILLS THEY NEED.”