Mechanical Irrigation
Mechanized Irrigation Certificate of Achievement
Course OverviewCourse Guide

This short certificate of achievement program imparts basic skills for students to become mechanized irrigation technicians, preparing them with basic concepts and skills of electrical technology and mechanized irrigation systems. Students will receive a work-based learning experience via a co-op/field experience with a local irrigation dealership placement.

Required Coursework

AGT 250 Mechanized Irrigation Systems4 Credits/5 Contacts

ELEC 110 Basic Electricity 4 Credits/6 Contacts
ELEC 111 Introduction to AC/DC Circuits 4 Credits/6 Contacts
ELEC 119 Introduction to the National Electrical Code 4 Credits/6 Contacts
AGT 219 Field Experience I (Co-Op) OR 1 Credit**
AGT 220 Field Experience I (Co-Op) OR 2 Credits**
AGT 221 Field Experience I (Co-Op) 3 Credits**
Total 17-19 Credits
*Course has prerequisite(s).
**Billing for Field Experience (Co-Op) courses is on the basis of credits, not contact hours.

Tuition is calculated on contact hours.

Current/Revised: 05/14/2020

Mechanized Irrigation
Mechanized Irrigation Certificate
Course OverviewCourse Guide

This program prepares students to become mechanized irrigation technicians, preparing them with basic concepts and skills of agricultural equipment technology, electrical technology, welding, as well as specialized knowledge and skills in mechanized irrigation systems. Students will receive a work-based learning experience via a co-op/field experience with a local irrigation dealership placement.

Required Coursework

AGT 101 Hydraulic Theory & Operation 2 Credits/4 Contacts
AGT 103 Fundamentals of Engines 3 Credits/7 Contacts
AGT 250 Mechanized Irrigation Systems 4 Credits/5 Contacts
COM 150 Public Speaking 3 Credits/3 Contacts
ELEC 110 Basic Electricity 4 Credits/6 Contacts
ELEC 111 Introduction to AC/DC Circuits 4 Credits/6 Contacts
ELEC 119 Introduction to the National Electrical Code 4 Credits/6 Contacts
WELD 190 Applied Welding for the Skilled Trades 4 Credits/4 Contacts
AGT 219 Field Experience I (Co-Op)  OR 1 Credit**
AGT 220 Field Experience I (Co-Op)  OR 2 Credits**
AGT 221 Field Experience I (Co-Op) 3 Credits**
Total 29-31 Credits
*Course has prerequisite(s).
**Billing for Field Experience (Co-Op) courses is on the basis of credits, not contact hours.

Tuition is calculated on contact hours.

Current/Revised: 05/14/2020

Camine havester harvesting crops
Associate of Science in Agricultural Operations
Course OverviewCourse Guide
Students seeking an Associates of Science in Agricultural Operations are prepared to go on to further studies in agriculture. Students will take courses from Glen Oaks and Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT)to earn the AS degree and certificate. It is designed to fulfill the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) requirements while providing flexibility in preparing students for transfer.Students will study in such fields as soil and water usage, plant nutrients, crop disease and pest management, emerging technologies, and regulations. Students are required to meet with advisors from Glen Oaks and IAT program coordinator on course selection to ensure transferability.

Glen Oaks Required Coursework
Communications (6 credit hours)

ENG 121 English Composition I* 3 Credits/3 Contacts
ENG 122 English Composition II* 3 Credits/3 Contacts

 

Humanities (choose 2 courses from 2 different prefixes)

ART 100 Art Appreciation* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
ART 220 History of Art I* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
ART 221 History of Art II* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
ENG 201 Women in Literature* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
ENG 233 Children’s Literature* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
ENG 234/HUM 234 World Mythologies* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
HIST 101 Western Civilization I* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
HIST 102 Western Civilization II* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
HUM 101 Modern Culture & the Arts* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
LNG 161 Spanish I 4 Credits/4 Contacts
LNG 162 Spanish II* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
LNG 163 Spanish III* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
LNG 261 Spanish IV* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
MUS 150 Music Appreciation* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
PHIL 210 Ethics* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
PHIL 230 Philosophy* 3 Credits/3 Contacts
REL 231 Comparative Religion* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
REL 232 Old Testament* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
REL 233 New Testament* 4 Credits/4 Contacts

 

Mathematics

MATH 151 College Algebra* 4 Credits/4 Contacts

 

Natural Science (choose 1 course)

BIO 101 Human Biology* 4 Credits/6 Contacts
BIO 110 Biological Form and Function* 3 Credits/3 Contacts
BIO 120 Biology* 4 Credits/5 Contacts
BIO 121 Cellular Biology* 4 Credits/5 Contacts
BIO 122 Organismal Biology* 4 Credits/5 Contacts
BIO 125 Environment and Society* 3 Credits/3 Contacts
BIO 201 Ecology* 4 Credits/5 Contacts
BIO 210 Human Anatomy & Physiology I* 4 Credits/6 Contacts
BIO 211 Human Anatomy & Physiology II* 4 Credits/6 Contacts
BIO 212 Pathophysiology* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
BIO 220 General Genetics* 3 Credits/3 Contacts
BIO 230 Microbiology* 4 Credits/6 Contacts
GEOG 142 Physical Geography* 4 Credits/5 Contacts
GEOL 145 Physical Geology* 4 Credits/5 Contacts
PHYS 144 Astronomy* 4 Credits/5 Contacts
PHYS 251 Physics I* 5 Credits/7 Contacts
PHYS 253 Physics II* 5 Credits/7 Contacts

 

Social Science (choose 1 course)

ANTH 201 Intro Cultural Anthropology 4 Credits/4 Contacts
HIST 101 Western Civilization I* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
HIST 102 Western Civilization II * 4 Credits/4 Contacts
HIST 201 U.S. History I* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
HIST 202 U.S. History II* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
HIST 204 History of Michigan* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
PSI 110 American Gov. and Political Science* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
PSI 111 State & Local Government* 3 Credits/3 Contacts
PSY 101 Psychology* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
PSY 201 Psychology & Personality* 3 Credits/3 Contacts
PSY 210 Human Growth & Development* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
PSY 220 Abnormal Psychology* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
PSY 250 Human Sexuality* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
PSY 260 Social Psychology* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
SOC 120 Principles of Sociology* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
SOC 121 Modern Social Problems* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
SOC 220 Marriage & Family* 4 Credits/4 Contacts

 

Required Courses (8 credit hours)

CHEM 133 General Chemistry I* 4 Credits/6 Contacts
ECON 203 Principles of Economics (Micro)* 4 Credits/4 Contacts

 

Elective Courses

0-3 elective credits as needed to reach 34 total GOCC credit hours
Glen Oaks Courses Total: 34-35 Credits
*Course has a prerequisite(s)

NOTE: No courses under 100 level are accepted toward this degree. All GOCC courses must be completed with a grade of 2.0 or higher.
MSU IAT Requirements

ABM 130 Farm Management I 3 credits
AE 131 Water Resource Protection and Mgmt 3 credits
AE 143 Application of Precision Agriculture Technologies 3 credits
AT 202 Agricultural Regulation, Compliance and Safety Course 3 credits
AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 3 credits
CSS 101 Introduction to Crop Science 3 credits
CSS 105 Agricultural Industries Seminar 1 credits
CSS 126 Introduction to Weed Management 2 credits
CSS 143 Applied Soil Science 2 credits
ENT 110 Applied Entomology of Economic Plants 3 credits
PLP 105 Fundamentals of Applied Plant Pathology 2 credits
MSU Elective Credits 6 credits
MSU Courses: 34 credits
Total Credit Hours: 68-69 credits
*Course has a prerequisite

 

MSU Courses are billed through MSU

GOCC tuition is calculated on contact hours.
MSU administers financial aid for students in this program.

Current/Updated: 04/08/2020

Man's hand with adjustable wrench near old diesel engine
Agricultural Equipment Technology Certificate
Course OverviewCourse Guide
This certificate 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.

Agricultural Courses (minimum 38.43 credit hours required)

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
WELD 190 Basics of Welding 4 Credits/4 Contacts

 

Elective

AGT 219 Diesel Tech Field Experience I (Internship) 1 credits
AGT 220 Diesel Tech Field Experience II (Internship) 2 credits
AGT 221 Diesel Tech Field Experience III (Internship) 3 credits
Total: 42-44 credits
*Course has a prerequisite

 

NOTE: AGT 219, AGT 220, AGT 221 are billed by credits
 

Scope & Sequence

Fall 1 Winter 1 Summer 1 Fall 2 Winter 2
AGT 101 AGT 104 AGT 219/220/221 AGT 112 AGT 122
AGT 102 AGT 113 AGT 125 AGT 109
AGT 103 AGT 116 AGT 207 AGT 216
AGT 107 WELD 190 AGT 213 AGT 219/220/221
AGT 119 AGT 219/220/221 AGT 219/220/221
AGT 219/220/221

Current/Revised: 04/08/2020

Tractor spraying pesticides on vegetable field with sprayer at spring
Associate of Applied Science in Agricultural Operations – MSU Concentration
Course OverviewCourse Guide
Students seeking an Associates of Applied Science in Agricultural Operations – MSU can move directly in the workforce or continue on to further studies in Agricultural Operations. Students will take courses from Glen Oaks and Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) emphasizing fundamentals in farm and crop management. Students will study in such fields as soil and water usage, plant nutrients, crop disease and pest management, natural resource and land management, emerging technologies, and regulations. Students are required to meet with advisors from Glen Oaks and MSU on course selection.

Glen Oaks Required Coursework
Communications (6 credit hours, from MTA list)

ENG 121 English Composition I 3 Credits/3 Contacts
**ENG 122 English Composition 3 Credits/3 Contacts
COM 110 Interpersonal Communication 3 Credits/3 Contacts
COM 150 Public Speaking 3 Credits/3 Contacts

 

Humanities/Social Science (choose 3-4 credits, from MTA list)

ANTH 201 Intro Cultural Anthropology 4 Credits/4 Contacts
ART 100 Art Appreciation* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
ART 220 History of Art I* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
ART 221 History of Art II* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
ENG 201 Women in Literature* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
ENG 233 Children’s Literature* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
ENG 234/HUM 234 World Mythologies* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
HIST 101 Western Civilization I* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
HIST 102 Western Civilization II* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
HIST 201 U.S. History I* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
HIST 202 U.S. History II* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
HIST 204 History of Michigan* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
HUM 101 Modern Culture & the Arts* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
Any LNG Course 4 Credits/4 Contacts
MUS 150 Music Appreciation* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
PHIL 210 Ethics* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
PHIL 230 Philosophy* 3 Credits/3 Contacts
PSI 110 American Gov. and Political Science* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
PSI 111 State & Local Government* 3 Credits/3 Contacts
PSY 101 Psychology* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
PSY 201 Psychology & Personality* 3 Credits/3 Contacts
PSY 210 Human Growth & Development* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
PSY 220 Abnormal Psychology* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
PSY 250 Human Sexuality* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
PSY 260 Social Psychology* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
Any REL Course* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
Any SOC Course* 4 Credits/4 Contacts

Other courses in ART, ENG (126 or higher), HIST, MUS, PSY can be used by Advisor approval

Mathematics/Natural Sciences (choose 3-5 credits, from MTA list)

BIO 101 Human Biology* 4 Credits/6 Contacts
BIO 110 Biological Form and Function* 3 Credits/3 Contacts
BIO 120 Biology* 4 Credits/5 Contacts
BIO 121 Cellular Biology* 4 Credits/5 Contacts
BIO 122 Organismal Biology* 4 Credits/5 Contacts
BIO 125 Environment and Society* 3 Credits/3 Contacts
BIO 201 Ecology* 4 Credits/5 Contacts
BIO 210 Human Anatomy & Physiology I* 4 Credits/6 Contacts
BIO 211 Human Anatomy & Physiology II* 4 Credits/6 Contacts
BIO 212 Pathophysiology* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
BIO 220 General Genetics* 3 Credits/3 Contacts
BIO 230 Microbiology* 4 Credits/6 Contacts
Any CHEM Course* 4 Credits/5-6 Contacts
GEOG 142 Physical Geography* 4 Credits/5 Contacts
GEOL 145 Physical Geology* 4 Credits/5 Contacts
MATH 117 Finite Math* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
**MATH 151 College Algebra* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
MATH 161 Calculus I* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
MATH 162 Calculus II* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
MATH 201 Statistics* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
PHYS 144 Astronomy* 4 Credits/5 Contacts
PHYS 251 Physics I* 5 Credits/7 Contacts
PHYS 253 Physics II* 5 Credits/7 Contacts

Other courses in BIO, MATH, PHYS can be used by Advisor approval

Elective Courses
19-22 elective credits as needed to reach 34 total GOCC credit hours

Suggested Electives:

ACCT Courses 2-4 Credits/2-4 Contacts
AGT 101 Hydraulic Theory & Operation 2 Credits/4 Contacts
AGT 102 Production Agriculture 2 Credits/3 Contacts
AGT 104 Vehicle/Equip. Electrical Fundamentals 3 Credits/5 Contacts
AGT 107 Preventive Maintenance & Service 2 Credits/4 Contacts
AGT 109 Heating, Venting & Air Conditioning 2 Credits/4 Contacts
AGT 116 Combine Maintenance & Repair 3 Credits/7 Contacts
ART 115 Introduction to Graphic Design 3 Credits/4 Contacts
ART 116 Color for Graphic Design 3 Credits/4 Contacts
ART 170 Image Manipulation: Photoshop 3 Credits/4 Contacts
ART 172 Digital Illustration* 3 Credits/4 Contacts
ART 274 Typography* 3 Credits/3 Contacts
ART 276 Advertising Design* 3 Credits/3 Contacts
ART 280/CIS 280 Web Design w/ Dreamweaver 3 Credits/3 Contacts
BUS 104 Introduction to Business* 4 Credits/4 Contacts
COM Courses 3 Credits/3 Contacts
Glen Oaks Courses: 34 Credits
*Course has a prerequisite
** Minimum requirements to for transfer to MSU

NOTE: No courses under 100 level are accepted toward this degree.

MSU IAT Requirements

ABM 130 Farm Management I 3 credits
AE 131 Water Resource Protection and Mgmt 3 credits
AE 143 Application of Precision Agriculture Technologies 3 credits
AT 202 Agricultural Regulation, Compliance and Safety Course 3 credits
AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 3 credits
CSS 101 Introduction to Crop Science 3 credits
CSS 105 Agricultural Industries Seminar 1 credits
CSS 126 Introduction to Weed Management 2 credits
CSS 143 Applied Soil Science 2 credits
ENT 110 Applied Entomology of Economic Plants 3 credits
PLP 105 Fundamentals of Applied Plant Pathology 2 credits
MSU Elective Credits 6 credits
MSU Courses: 34 credits
Total Minimum Credit Hours: 68 credits
*Course has a prerequisite

 

MSU Courses are billed through MSU

GOCC tuition is calculated on contact hours.
MSU administers financial aid for students in this program.

Current/Updated: 04/08/2020

Auto mechanic working underneath a lifted
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