Lorain County JVS students in the industrial equipment mechanics program have a unique opportunity to be trained on one of the most high-tech pieces of farm equipment on the market, thanks to Bill Stannard, owner of the Wellington Implement Company.
For the fifth consecutive year, Stannard has taken advantage of a special program offered by the Case IH Company to purchase a Case IH Tractor and loan it to the JVS for student training.
This specific model, a Case Magnum 310 CVT, is on loan to the JVS for most of the remaining school year.
“The farming and agriculture industries are going high-tech,” said Stannard. “It’s important that the JVS students have the opportunity to develop the skills that employers require. This is a very sophisticated piece of equipment, and I’m proud to be able to help the JVS students take advantage of learning opportunities associated with it.”
Stannard delivered the tractor to the JVS himself, but gave IEM student Zach Peabody a quick lesson and allowed him to drive the tractor through the bullpen gates and into the IEM lab.
The tractor is valued at more than $327,000 and represents the cutting edge of farm equipment technology, complete with a GPS system and an Environmental Protection Agency Tier 4 emissions control system, now mandatory on tractors and trucks.
“Having our students trained on this new and emerging technology is certainly going to give our students an employment advantage,” said IEM instructor Greg Hendricks. “Junior and senior students, at both beginning and advanced skill levels, will be learning about the operation, maintenance, and programming of this vehicle.”
“This is a tractor that, in theory, can be programmed to drive itself,” he said. “Once we’ve mastered the operation of the vehicle, we’ll then teach students how to program the GPS, run electrical diagnostics, troubleshoot problems, understand the service manual, and perform all of the steps necessary to set up the tractor for delivery to the customer.”
“Wellington Implement has been a supporter of the JVS for many years,” said Stannard. “We’ve hired students and graduates at our dealership, hosted various skills contests, and some of our staff members serve on JVS business advisory committees. We believe that the JVS is a very important component in both the high school and adult education system and we’re very lucky to have such a world-class facility so close to home.”
Courtesy photo Bill Stannard of Wellington Implement poses with instructor Greg Hendricks and the students from the JVS industrial equipment mechanics program.