SUNY Cobleskill’s Agricultural Engineering Department in the Spotlight

“Construction Equipment Distribution Magazine” is recognizing SUNY Cobleskill’s Agricultural Engineering Department for its work since achieving accreditations from the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) Foundation. The magazine cites SUNY Cobleskill degree programs, including Diesel Technology, for success in producing qualified industry technicians, as well as forming partnerships.

Two articles in the magazine’s November 2018 edition feature the work of SUNY Cobleskill in facilitating events leading to program enrollment and successful career outcomes for graduates. In one article, Agricultural Engineering Department Chair Doug Hammond discusses the unique and ever-changing skills – taught at SUNY Cobleskill – diesel technicians must master to succeed in the field. Hammond says by continuously reviewing industry standards and issuing a technical proficiency assessment to students, SUNY Cobleskill ensures students receive an education optimizing their transition into the workforce. You can read the full article here.

A second article outlines the current shortage of qualified off-roadtractors diesel technicians, and how colleges and universities are working to attract and educate students to alleviate the deficit. Events like SUNY Cobleskill’s annual Agriculture and Natural Resources High School Day introduce students to careers in diesel technology. The Day also creates what for many students is a first-look at the industry-grade equipment used in program instruction, as well as an opportunity to meet the faculty members who provide it. Beyond being a vital piece of the recruitment process, “Ag High School Day” is also a way for area equipment dealers to meet interested students. You can read the full article here.