Huron Tractor, a John Deere dealer, donated a hydraulic hose crimper to the Transportation Technology: Agriculture and Heavy Duty Equipment program at an Avon-Maitland District School Board high school.
Students at FE Madill Secondary School (FEMSS) are creating air-tight seals between connectors and hydraulic hoses and are now using industry standard equipment, as part of the school board's Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Agriculture program.
Jeff Cowan, head of the technology department and transportation teacher at FEMSS, said his students will use the crimper when fabricating custom hydraulic lines. The students will learn the process while working on classroom demonstration equipment and agricultural equipment from their home farms.
“This donation will introduce students to another aspect of the industry that in the past we had to contract out to a supplier,” said Cowan.
A component of the SHSM program offers industry level certifications to student participants and having this equipment on hand will allow the students to gain their Hydraulics certificate.
“This is one more qualification with which AMDSB students can graduate through their participation in SHSM,” said Keith Edwards, pathways coordinator for the SHSM program.