CTE Center at Ellicottville Students Receive Advanced Training Through College, Local Partners

Ellicottville, NY – November 9, 2021 – On November 3, students from the CA BOCES CTE Center at Ellicottville Power Equipment Technology program received a day of advanced agricultural & construction equipment hydraulic systems training.

Sponsored by SUNY Cobleskill’s Workforce Development Outreach Project, the students participated in hands-on training to reinforce hydraulic system fundamentals.  Some of the training included using a hydraulic flow-meter to measure machine hydraulic oil flow and testing a tractor’s 3-point hitch hydraulic pump relief valve setting.  The students also learned about many types of hydraulic system components, such as pumps, motors, control valves and cylinders.

Outreach Instructors from SUNY Cobleskill’s Agricultural Engineering Department led the training. Industry representatives from Anderson Equipment, LandPro Equipment and the NYS Department of Transportation also participated in the training. The Outreach Project also donated the use of a brand new, state of the art Mini Track Loader and Compact Tractor for the day.  This Mini Track Loader was “bugged” with faults, which the students had to correctly troubleshoot and identify. The main goal of the SUNY Cobleskill Workforce Development Outreach Project is to foster and build connections between students, educators, and industry.  The driving force behind this project is to educate and encourage young adults to enter the agricultural / construction equipment repair fields, as a shortage currently exists and is projected to increase in the near future.

As the regional leader in education services, CA BOCES offers state-of-the-art programs for learners of all ages and abilities as well as cost-effective shared services for 22 component school districts. CA BOCES empowers students to achieve their maximum potential by offering a wide variety of innovative programs and support that include special education, career and technical education, adult and continuing education, technology support, and instructional support services. To learn more, visit www.caboces.org.