Albany -- The Maintenance Center Albany uses local college students and instructors to develop better protection for the troops.
Marine designers went to Albany Technical College instructors to try to develop new and stronger welds being used in the armor kits on vehicles in Iraq, to try to make the most protective shell around the troops possible. Joe Dan Banker of Albany Technical College said "they bring out different metals and we test it. They do the x-raying to make sure the welds are good. So it's been a good close work to get it just right."
Many of Albany Tech's graduates are hired by the Maintenance Center at the Marine Base, so the college has installed new equipment to teach it's students production line methods the Marines use.