Hydrotech, a Cincinnati-based fluid power and motion automation solutions provider, has donated four brand new hydraulic training stands to Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.
Hydrotech announced the donation at their July 24 groundbreaking ceremony, pictured left.
The four hydraulic training stands form a system where students can test and train different scenarios they may encounter in the fluid power industry.
The training assemblies, valued at $30,000 per unit, will be used by 300 to 350 students in Cincinnati State’s Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technologies program per year.
The program trains two-year technicians who will eventually work in field or factory environments, designing components used to produce materials or products. These components are often designed on software and then tested in the factory. For these students, the hydraulic training stands offer that factory testing environment without leaving campus.
“I let them start on the old equipment, then put them on the new stuff,” said Prof. David Simmermon, a Cincinnati State faculty member who uses the lab frequently in his classes. “They can create so many more circuits and have a better understanding of new versus old technology. It’s like working on an original IBM personal computer and then switching to an iPhone.”
Cincinnati State President O’dell M. Owens said the Hydrotech donation is most welcome. It comes at a time when revenue is scarce for capital equipment of this type. Fortunately, Owens said, Cincinnati State has been able to turn to industry partners such as Hydrotech to keep its labs and programs up to date.
For a glance at more education programs in the industry, check out Fluid Power World’s October feature Students today, engineers tomorrow: Our future lies in their education
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