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Students get hands-on engine experience

March 12, 2018 | Filed in Archive

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Agriculture PTECH sophomores had the opportunity to get some hands-on experience with the inner-workings of engines when Briggs and Stratton trainers from Power Distributors visited Tuesday, March 6.

Jason Cook and Matt Rutnik, who train technicians all over the country, spent the day working with students using engines and engine parts they brought for the students to work with. The two professionals performed demonstrations on how to tear down and put an engine back together and how electrical circuits and carburetors work.

The students also had plenty of time to tinker with the engine parts Cook and Rutnik brought, cycling through stations that let them test out the equipment and get to know and understand how they function. “You can read about things, but nothing really beats hands-on,” Cook said.

There is a shortage of technicians, and Cook said he hopes sessions like this will help spark interest in the field.

Power Distributors/Briggs and Stratton donated five engines to Ag PTECH so students will have access to the equipment in the school. Agriculture teacher Julia Hudyncia said she is looking for more ways to incorporate the technical skills into the curriculum, especially for those students who are pursuing a degree in agriculture power machinery, one of the nine degree pathways Ag PTECH students can take.