SUNY Cobleskill’s Agricultural Engineering department hosted a group of students from Golding Middle School for a week of summer enrichment programming. Through a grant received by Cobleskill-Richmondville Central Schools, ten students took part in the week-long “Agricultural Mechanics and Equipment” course, learning the basics of operating and repairing heavy farm equipment under the instruction of college professors.
Topics covered in the course included shop and machine safety, equipment operation, and basic welding skills, all offered in a hands-on setting on campus.
Thursday, July 21, was Dealer Day, in which SUNY Cobleskill invited partners to join the class and offer information and demonstrations. Participating organizations included the New York State Department of Transportation, Salem Farm Supply, and Monroe Tractors. All are close partners with the College’s Agricultural Engineering programs and employ many Cobleskill graduates.
As with all Summer Enrichment Program courses at CRCS, Agricultural Mechanics was offered at no cost.
Agricultural Engineering programs at SUNY Cobleskill prepare students to enter a highly technical industry, with degree paths in Agricultural Equipment Technology, Agricultural Power Machinery, and Diesel Technology, which features specializations in John Deere Construction and Forestry Equipment.