Adam Hornby

Face of Adam Hornby

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

Agriculture Power & Equipment Technician, 2009

Service Technician, Tractor Central

Growing up on the family farm Adam Hornby wanted to work for the Department of Natural Resources. As he got older Adam became more interested in agriculture equipment. 

During a tour of Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (SWTC) Adam was impressed with the instructors he met and the atmosphere at the college. His first choice was a welding program. After completing that technical diploma, Adam decided he wanted to pursue a 2-year Agriculture Power & Equipment Technician degree. 

"I liked everything about SWTC," he said. "The classes were small and the instructors were very knowledgeable." 

One instructor, Pete Hoffman, knew the answer to any question or would find out from one of the local ag equipment dealers he knew. "He had a way of breaking things down and explaining them very thoroughly," Adam recalled. 

Adam was also impressed with the variety of equipment he was able to work on at SWTC including bailers, planters and combines. 

Between the first and second year of the program, he worked as an intern at the equipment dealership his father had done business with for many years. That practical experience was very valuable. 

One month after graduating, Horizon Equipment (now known as Tractor Central), a John Deere dealership in Westby, hired Adam. He works on lawn mowers and compact tractors in the shop and sometimes makes service calls to area farms. 

"John Deere is always coming out with new things," Adam said. The company provides training for employees to help them keep up with new technologies and equipment modifications. 

Adam enjoys the problem solving and challenges he faces at work. "Every day is different and each job is a little different whether it is a hydraulic problem, or electrical or engine malfunction," he explained. 

Growing up on the family farm Adam Hornby wanted to work for the Department of Natural Resources. As he got older he became more interested in agriculture equipment.

During a tour of Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (SWTC) Adam was impressed with the instructors he met and the atmosphere at the college. His first choice was a welding program. After completing that technical diploma, Adam decided he wanted to pursue a 2-year Agriculture Power & Equipment Technician degree.

"I liked everything about SWTC," he said. "The classes were small and the instructors were very knowledgeable."

One instructor, Pete Hoffman, knew the answer to any question or would find out from one of the local ag equipment dealers he knew. "He had a way of breaking things down and explaining them very thoroughly," Adam recalled.

Adam was also impressed with the variety of equipment he was able to work on at SWTC including bailers, planters and combines.

Between the first and second year of the program, he worked as an intern at the equipment dealership his father had done business with for many years. That practical experience was very valuable.

One month after graduating, Horizon Equipment (now known as Tractor Central), a John Deere dealership in Westby, hired Adam. He works on lawn mowers and compact tractors in the shop and sometimes makes service calls to area farms.

"John Deere is always coming out with new things," Adam said. The company provides training for employees to help them keep up with new technologies and equipment modifications.

Adam enjoys the problem solving and challenges he faces at work. "Every day is different and each job is a little different whether it is a hydraulic problem, or electrical or engine malfunction," he explained.

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