Students of SUNY Cobleskill’s AGEN 480: Agricultural Equipment Technology Seminar course got a chance to hear from industry insiders in a visit from three Monroe Tractor representatives and SUNY Cobleskill alumni on Friday.

Nicholas Moore, Nate Wood, and Carly Stoll are all Precision Product Specialists at Monroe Tractor, which provides construction and farming equipment sales, rental, service, and support from 11 locations throughout New York State. Visiting the class on Friday, the trio gave students an idea of what they do in their careers and fielded questions about how to get started in the industry and what to expect.

“We all enjoyed our time at Cobleskill as students, and thought that this information would be valuable to current students,” Moore said. “Monroe Tractor as a whole is very SUNY Cobleskill alumni heavy, and the company continues to hire graduates every year.”

In a presentation, students learned about the products and systems that Moore, Wood, and Stoll offer their customers. They were then challenged to form teams and create a sales pitch for a product based on marketing materials, with coaching and feedback from the pros.

Students later had the opportunity to explore some of the latest tech in the industry, like an Intuicom bridge that links a tractor to a cellular-based corrections system to enhance guidance accuracy down to less than an inch. With a Trimble 2050 monitor and a flat-screen TV, they reviewed and assessed various aspects of the tractor’s operation.

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