New tractor provides learning insight
computers aren’t the only teaching tools at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical
College; a new tool of choice is a computerized tractor. This fall the college
purchased, with the help of WITC Advisory Committee Member Roger Link of Link
Implement in Ridgeland, Wis., a new model McCormick XTX 165 tractor. Its computerized
controls help students learn to troubleshoot and test and recalibrate tractors
as part of their updated curriculum.
in particular will help students’ training in up-to-date tractor diagnostics,”
says WITC instructor Lee Fiedler. “Having a computerized tractor gives students
the experience they need to repair today’s agriculture equipment.”
Both years of
study in WITC’s Agriculture Power and Equipment Technician program will benefit
from this latest tool of study. From electronics to hydraulics and everything in
between, students will comb this tractor learning what makes it run efficiently.
Instructors will install “bad” parts in the tractor so that students learn how
to diagnose and fix the problem.
effective teaching tool couldn’t have happened without the assistance of Roger
Link, one of our advisory committee members,” says Scott Horsman, WITC program
instructor. “He worked with McCormick to work out a fair price the college could
afford.” Link often hires WITC graduates and, as a member of the advisory
committee, wants to help recruit and educate students with the most current
Agriculture Power and Equipment Technician program
is a two-year, comprehensive,
hands-on program that teaches students the many aspects of analyzing and
repairing equipment associated with agriculture.