Electronics and computer tech students collaborate at O-N BOCES

Posted 4 January 2022 at 12:47 pm

Provided photos: Electricity/Electronics student Oliver Wilson (Medina) and Computer Technology student Xander Hernandez (Lockport) work together on a project.

Press Release, Orleans/Niagara BOCES

MEDINA – Electricity/Electronics teacher Bill Leggett and Computer Technology teacher Paul Herrmann recently had their classes collaborate at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center.

“We thought it would be a great project for the students to work on a CAT 5 network cable tester,” explained Mr. Leggett. “We decided to build them from scratch. They are professionally made equipment that can retail from $40 and up.”

Electricity/Electronics student Mike Chisler (Medina) and Computer Technology student Bryson Costich (Medina) build a network cable tester.

A network cable tester is a device that specifically is made for testing and troubleshooting the capability and reliability of cable connections. It is used by network technicians, network testers and cable verification testers.

“This is a great tool for both classes to have in their tool kit when they leave our programs,” Mr. Leggett said. “We took one apart in class and figured out how to reverse engineer it and Mr. Herrmann thought it would be a great hands-on project for his students to get involved in too.  It was great seeing my students partner with his.”

Mr. Herrmann added, “This was a great opportunity for my kids. Mr. Leggett is great for these students and does a wonderful job. It was great for both of our programs.”

Electricity/Electronics student Caden Uderitz (Albion) and Computer Technology student Kayla Guerin (Lockport) team up to build a network cable tester.