Automotive technology

SUNY Canton Automotive Technology Faculty Member Promoted | County of Saint-Laurent

TOWNSHIP – Brandon J. Baldwin owned 42 cars in his lifetime, 14 at a time.

Widely regarded as SUNY Canton’s greatest automotive enthusiast, Baldwin is celebrated for his promotion to Associate Professor at the Canino School of Engineering Technology, where he has taught in the Automotive Technology program for 14 years.

Baldwin was recently noted for moving his practical program completely online when the college switched to distance education in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In-person instruction

During his tenure, he helped the college achieve certification from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), which led to a partnership with Subaru Distributors Corporation.

“I think my favorite memory from SUNY Canton is celebrating our partnership with Subaru,” said Baldwin. “It was a great opportunity for our students, and they were very excited.

Baldwin has forged relationships with Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen of America through the program’s advisory board. Both companies donated vehicles and equipment to help the college continue to grow.

He also helped the college acquire a dynamometer, which is akin to a full-scale conveyor belt for vehicles. It allows students to measure horsepower, tune, perform driving cycles, solve driving problems, and perform efficiency experiments.

In the community, Baldwin writes a monthly “Ask-A-Tech” column for the Seaway Cruisers Car Club in the north of the country.

Not only does Baldwin teach at SUNY Canton, but two of his daughters are in college. Shelbie Baldwin is currently a senior in the Finance program, and Charlotte Baldwin is a first year student in the Graphic and Multimedia Design program.

Baldwin’s background is in agricultural engineering. He received his Associate’s Degree from SUNY Morrisville and his BA from Cornell University. After a career as an automotive technician, he obtained a Masters of Professional and Technical Education from SUNY Buffalo State to launch his teaching career. He is currently preparing his doctorate.

With the intention of moving the family home in Parishville off the grid and acquiring an electric car as the daily driver, Baldwin is studying the electric and magnetic fields generated in battery-powered applications, including hybrid vehicles. He is also designing an agricultural equipment servicing and maintenance course in college.

Other future plans include expanding its rotating collection of cars. He is currently planning an upgrade to the eight-cylinder engine of a Volvo wagon and building a 1953 Chevrolet pickup truck with a Subaru turbo engine.

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