On September 6-8, 70 educators and industry representatives participated in the Mountain States Agricultural Mechanics Instructors Conference hosted by American Technical Publishers (ATP) at the Colorado State University Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center in Fort Collins. Agricultural mechanics instructors representing high school, community college, and university teacher education programs from CO, KS, MT, NE, NM, NV, OK, UT, WY, IA, WI, and AZ attended the conference.
John Deere Technical Specialist Kent Kolbeck led three hydraulic systems workshops sponsored by 4Rivers Equipment Corporate Service Manager Brad Reid and Fort Collins Service Manager Dave Sewell. [photo attached] Workshop participants learned how to use a hydraulic trainer to demonstrate different types of circuits and cylinder operation and how hydraulics relate to tractor applications. [photo attached] Participants also learned how to combine a power pack, some cylinders, and a variety of valves, gauges, and fittings to create a hydraulic trainer. [photo attached]
Industry representatives from Briggs & Stratton Corporation, the Lincoln Electric Company, and Hunter Industries also offered hands-on workshops. Conference participants learned the importance of building a culture of safety from The National Council for Agricultural Education and about the no-debt apprenticeship opportunities offered by the United Association (UA) of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing, Pipefitting, Sprinkler Fitting, and HVACR Service Tech Industry. Throughout the conference, participants gained valuable tips on how to better prepare students for careers in power, structural, and technical systems.