Kyler Dixon 2017-08-30 01:17:08
Electric Power Generation Field Technician, Milton CAT State University of New York at Cobleskill Ag Equipment Technology, B.T., 2016 Hometown: Blossvale, New York Enjoys: Tractors and farm equipment (old or new), vintage snowmobiles, mechanical and electrical repair work People involved with production agriculture share a unique bond, and I never want to get too far away from that. Growing up in a farming community influenced my decision to pursue an agricultural technology degree. As college graduation approached, I was convinced I had made the right choice based on the numerous great job opportunities presented to me. While in my freshman year, I looked for a summer internship to gain work experience while still in school. When I noticed a poster advertising internships at Milton CAT, I immediately applied. With only two semesters under my belt, I didn’t expect to get the internship, but I was fortunate. I interned with the company during all my breaks from school, including Christmas and spring vacations. The first year I worked with technicians in the truck shop and I got involved with all facets of engine work, including numerous overhauls. Later, I was offered several opportunities to broaden the scope of my activities and get exposure to different jobs within the company. I gained experience in the office with management, learning how to write quotes and deal with the behind-the-scenes activities of each repair. I was able to work in the parts and sales departments and develop an understanding of those operations as well. During the summer of 2016, I worked mostly in the field with the Power Systems Division and found that I especially enjoyed that type of work. As a result, I was offered my current job as a power systems technician upon graduation. There’s no typical day at work because there’s so much variety in my tasks. The equipment the Power Systems Division works on is diverse. Power systems technicians at Milton CAT are responsible for Caterpillar engines that power a wide variety of machinery—from generators and natural gas compressors to yachts, charter boats, and heavy equipment, such as wood chippers and rock crushers. Most astonishing to me is the staggering cost of some of the equipment we service. Coming from a farm, I was used to the high price tags associated with equipment and parts, but this is a different game. Some of the larger engines used on natural gas pumping stations cost well over one million dollars each. My favorite part of the job is the problem-solving required to make a piece of equipment operate better than it did before, and then seeing the customer’s satisfaction. I love coming to work every day, knowing that I will have the opportunity help customers work through an issue. When you graduate with an ATM degree, you will have opportunities for some very high-paying jobs with excellent job satisfaction. To prepare yourself, get everything you can out of internship opportunities. Never turn down an opportunity to learn. The degree program is what you make of it, and a job posting may be just what adds to your take.
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