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Alignment system expert visits OCB’s Adult Ed Auto Tech class

MEXICO – Roger Auger, a representative from Hunter Engineering Company was a recent guest speaker in the Adult Education Auto Tech class at Oswego County BOCES.

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<p>Roger Auger, second from left, a representative from Hunter Engineering Company, places a target on the test vehicle for a demonstration of the HawkEye Alignment system at Oswego County BOCES. Auger was a recent guest speaker in Jerry Wickham’s Adult Education Auto Technology class. The class teaches students to use the new technology utilized by most large shops in the country including the computer-based wheel alignment system which utilizes high resolution cameras and targets that attach to the vehicle to allow for precision adjustments. Students in the class pictured with Auger are, left to right: Eugene Shufelt, Chad Grudier, Marshall Cooper, D. J. Spear, Paul Watkins, Chuck Winterhalt, and Mike Kimball. </p>

Hunter Engineering Company designs, manufactures and sells a wide range of passenger car and truck service equipment including: computer-based wheel alignment systems, suspension and brake testing systems, wheel balancers, brake lathes, tire changers, and vehicle lifts.

Auger did a special demonstration of the auto program’s HawkEye Alignment system, manufactured by Hunter Engineering.

The HawkEye Alignment system features software that fully integrates the wheel alignment process into one highly efficient system.

It uses a series of automated features and intuitive software tools to save time and simplify the alignment procedure and is used in most large shops across the nation.

The students received hands on instruction using the computer-based system which utilizes high resolution cameras and targets that attach to the vehicle to allow for precision adjustments.

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<p>Mike Kimball makes tiny adjustments to the tire of the test vehicle during a demonstration of the HawkEye Alignment system utilized by students enrolled in the Adult Education Auto Technology class at Oswego County BOCES. A guest speaker from the equipment manufacturer recently visited the class.</p>

The 700-hour automotive technology program at OCB is designed to give students training in automotive electrical, electronic, and engine management systems, as well as diagnosis and repair of brake, steering and suspension systems on most domestic and foreign cars and light trucks.

It provides the student a comprehensive package that includes classroom theory, technical training using computerized training modules, real time lab work using problem vehicles, and internship time at a dealership or independent repair shop.

Students completing the course are eligible to take the NYS Vehicle Inspector exam and four ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) exams given in the spring and fall.

For more information about the Automotive Technology class or other Adult Education opportunities at OCB, contact Paul Gugel, Director of Adult and Migrant Education at 315-963-4256.

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<p>Jessica Smith, far right, runs the software program for the HawkEye Alignment system as fellow students look on. Special guest speaker during the class was Roger Auger, third from the right, who demonstrated the alignment system utilized in the class. Also pictured left to right are: Mike Kimball, Paul Watkins, Chad Grudier, Auger, Chuck Winterhalt (behind Smith), and Smith.</p>