Student mechanics bring vintage military vehicles back into action

Jack Fairley, Light Vehicle Maintenance student, works on a military vehicle at NELSAM
Jack Fairley, Light Vehicle Maintenance student, works on a military vehicle at NELSAM
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MILITARY vehicles from a bygone era have been revved into action by student mechanics.

The light vehicle maintenance students from Sunderland College, went under the bonnet of trucks dating back to the Second World War, as they were transported back in time at the North East Land Sea and Air Museum (Nelsam).

James Diston, Light Vehicle Maintenance student, works on a military vehicle at NELSAM

James Diston, Light Vehicle Maintenance student, works on a military vehicle at NELSAM

The level 2 students, who are based at the college’s Hylton Campus, carried out services on a Willys MB Jeep, an Austin Tilly Truck, a Morris Commercial C8 Artillery Tractor and a Daimler Ferret Scout Car at the museum, off Washington Road.

They also got the chance to strip and rebuild the engine of a Second World War-era Bedford MWD Truck, under the guidance of their lecturers.

“It was a truly great experience to be able to work on vehicles that I would never see on the roads, and the hands-on experience we gained gave my colleagues and I a huge confidence boost,” Radek Gina, 19, said.

“Reviving these military vehicles had its challenges, but together with our lecturers and members of Nelsam we found solutions and gained new skills.”

Student Jack Fairley, John Stelling from NELSAM, student James Diston, lecturer John Davies, student Radek Gina, lecturer Paul Robson, student Scott Irving and Brian Dixon of NELSAM

Student Jack Fairley, John Stelling from NELSAM, student James Diston, lecturer John Davies, student Radek Gina, lecturer Paul Robson, student Scott Irving and Brian Dixon of NELSAM

Lecturer John Davies, said: “This was a challenging task that our students seemed to relish, and the level of enthusiasm displayed was encouraging to witness.

“The time they spent at Nelsam helped the students to develop their skills and gave them a chance to showcase the knowledge they have gained so far on their course.

“We are very proud of the high-quality learners we produce, and we believe it is vital to ensure our students are given opportunities to demonstrate their abilities to businesses and employers.”

Student mechanics James Diston, Radek Gina, Scott Irving and Jack Fairley work on a military vehicle at NELSAM

Student mechanics James Diston, Radek Gina, Scott Irving and Jack Fairley work on a military vehicle at NELSAM

Student mechanics Jack Fairley, James Diston, Radek Gina and Scott Irving gained valuable work experience at NELSAM

Student mechanics Jack Fairley, James Diston, Radek Gina and Scott Irving gained valuable work experience at NELSAM