The study of the care and use of hand and power tools and welding equipment used in agricultural equipment service centers. The course will also cover shop planning, organization, and time management. The course will include an introduction to the processes typically utilized in a modern agricultural equipment service center. The student will be introduced to the diagnostic skills which will be applied in advanced courses of study. Applied safety practices, Material Safety Data Sheets and handling hazardous materials will be covered.
A study of professionalism and business ethics, including the importance of a positive attitude and image, both on and off the job will be discussed. Customer service skills as well as customer, employee and employer relations will be covered. Basic day-to-day business procedures will also be taught. Communication and sales skills will be gained.
The study of the fundamental principles and theories of the internal combustion engine, both two and four-stroke. Includes practical diagnosis, dis-assembly and repair of smaller power units using manufacturers’ specifications. Internal combustion engine cooling, lubrication, air intake, and exhaust systems are studied. Agricultural power safety is also covered.
The study of diesel and gasoline power units in tractors and other agricultural implements. Practical experience in diagnosing, disassembling, and repairing agricultural equipment power units. Instruction in the use of manufacturer’s specifications and repair manuals as well as methods of agricultural equipment overhaul. Involves performance testing of agricultural power units. Diagnostic testing before and performance testing after repair. This knowledge is then applied to the study of performance principles in modern diesel engines.
A study of the basic principles, diagnosis, repair, and service of air conditioning systems found in agricultural equipment, and their component parts and functions. Refrigerant recovery/recycling and retrofit procedures for 87 converting equipment from R - 12 to R134A refrigerant will be covered. Students will become certified for A/C service by complying with state and federal laws. Air conditioning safety is also covered.
The study of theories of operations and design of agricultural drive trains, including clutches, standard transmissions, hydraulic assist transmissions, hydrostatic drives, power take offs, braking systems and special drivers. Study of seals and bearings as they are applied to power trains. The diagnosis and repair of problems associated with agricultural equipment power trains will be covered. The practical use of repair manuals and computer assisted resource materials will be included. Hands on training with demonstration units and experience in the repair of agricultural projects will be included. Applied safety in all areas is included.