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Associate of Applied Science in Agricultural Equipment Technology

Course OverviewCourse GuideAdditional Information
This degree is designed to develop technically competent professional agricultural equipment service technicians. Students receive state-of-the-art technical education on the latest agricultural equipment through a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on laboratory instruction and supervised occupational work experience at a partnering dealership.

Communications (6 credit hours required)

COM 110 Interpersonal Communication  OR 3 Credits/3 Contacts
COM 150 Public Speaking* 3 Credits/3 Contacts
ENG 121 English Composition I* 3 Credits/3 Contacts

 

Humanities/Social Science (at least 1 course, at least 3 credits)

Any ANTH course 4 Credits/4 Contacts
Any ART course 2-4 Credits/3-5 Contacts
ENG 126 or higher 3-4 Credits/3-4 Contacts
Any ECON course 4 Credits/4 Contacts
Any HIST course 3-4 Credits/3-4 Contacts
Any HUM course 4 Credits/4 Contacts
Any LNG course 2-4 Credits/2-4 Contacts
Any MUS course 1-4 Credits/1-4 Contacts
Any PHIL course 3-4 Credits/3-4 Contacts
Any PSI course 3-4 Credits/3-4 Contacts
Any PSY course 3-4 Credits/3-4 Contacts
Any REL course 4 Credits/4 Contacts
Any SOC course 4 Credits/4 Contacts

 

Mathematics/Natural Science (3 credit hours)

MATH 109 Math for Technicians I 3 Credits/3 Contacts

 

Required Courses (48 credit hours)

AGT 101 Hydraulic Theory & Operation 2 Credits/4 Contacts
AGT 102 Production Agriculture 2 Credits/3 Contacts
AGT 103 Fundamentals of Engines 3 Credits/7 Contacts
AGT 104 Vehicle/Equipment Electrical/Electronic Fundamentals 3 Credits/5 Contacts
AGT 107 Preventive Maintenance & Service 2 Credits/4 Contacts
AGT 109 Heating, Venting & Air Conditioning Systems 2 Credits/4 Contacts
AGT 112 Seeding & Tillage Equipment 2 Credits/4 Contacts
AGT 113 Hydraulic Systems* 2 Credits/4 Contacts
AGT 116 Combine Maintenance & Repair 3 Credits/7 Contacts
AGT 119 Vehicle/Equipment Electrical/Electronic Systems Operation & Diagnostics* 3 Credits/7 Contacts
AGT 122 Precision Farming Systems & Techniques* 2 Credits/4 Contacts
AGT 125 Tractor Drivelines* 2 Credits/4 Contacts
AGT 207 Advanced Hydraulics* 2 Credits/4 Contacts
AGT 213 Diesel Engine Performance – Analysis & Tune Up* 3 Credits/5 Contacts
AGT 216 Equipment Shop Project* 4 Credits/10 Contacts
BUS 104 Introduction to Business* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
INDS 151 Manufacturing Processes 3 Credits/3 Contacts
WELD 190 Applied Welding for Skilled Trades 4 Credits/4 Contacts
Total: 60-61 credits
*Course has a prerequisite

 

NOTE: AGT 219, AGT 220, AGT 221 are billed by credits. No courses below 100 level will be accepted toward this degree.
Scope & Sequence

Fall 1 Winter 1 Summer 1 Fall 2 Winter 2
AGT 101 AGT 104 AGT 219/220/221 AGT 125 AGT 122
AGT 102 AGT 113 AGT 207 AGT 109
AGT 103 AGT 116 AGT 112 AGT 216
AGT 107 ENG 121 AGT 213 COM 110 or 150
AGT 119 WELD 105 BUS 104 Humanities/Soc. Sci.
INDS 151 AGT 219/220/221 MATH 109 AGT 219/220/221
AGT 219/220/221 AGT 219/220/221

Current/Updated: 04/08/2020

Employment Information

Outlook

Employment of farm equipment
service technicians is projected
to grow 7 percent, about as fast
as the average for all occupations
through 2024 according to the
US Dept. of Labor. Demand for farm
equipment repairers will be driven
primarily by the need for
agricultural products to feed a
growing population. In Southwest
Michigan, current demand for
agricultural technicians is high.

Farm equipment technicians typically work for farm equipment dealers and large corporate farms to diagnose, service, repair, maintain and overhaul the equipment sold by that dealer. Vehicles may include tractors, harvesters, and other heavy farm equipment in addition to dairy equipment and irrigation systems. A person in this field may also repair small machinery such as lawn and garden tractors or very old farm equipment if their employer offers that service to the public.

Due to the complexity of modern farming machinery, well-trained farm equipment technicians have become an indispensable asset to the agricultural industry. Farm equipment technicians use basic hand tools, precision equipment, welding equipment and power tools to service and repair combines, tractors, tillers, hay balers and other large equipment necessary for farming. Typically, a farm equipment technician works in a well-lit and ventilated service center provided by the farm equipment dealer; however, occasionally he or she may be required to assist farmers with equipment in the field.

Farm equipment technicians’ work varies by time of the year. During busy planting and harvesting seasons, for example, mechanics often work six or seven 12-hour days per week. In the slower winter months, however, they work a normal week. The median annual wage for heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians was $47,120 in May 2015. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,360, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $69,840.


Program Information

The Agricultural Equipment Technology certificate and degree are designed to develop service technicians for the agricultural equipment dealers across all major equipment makes. Students receive state-of-the-art technical training on the latest major brand equipment through a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on laboratory activities and supervised occupational work experience at a dealership if possible.

Is this for me?

Service technicians need good troubleshooting skills in order to determine the source of malfunctions. The job requires disassembling engine parts, connecting or attaching components and technicians need a steady and good hand-eye coordination. Technicians must possess good organizational skills and need to be able to lift heavy equipment, tools and parts without risking injury.

Classes for this two-year daytime, cohort program will take place at:

Burnips Equipment Co.
55232 Franklin Dr.
Three Rivers, Michigan
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