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This course will introduce the student to the diesel engine and the mechanical control systems commonly used in their operation. Students will learn the design and operating principles which make diesels different from spark ignition engines and develop a diagnostic technique for working with them based on this knowledge. Internal components, wear tolerances, operating characteristics and fuel delivery systems for the common diesel engine brands utilized in the ag equipment industry will be explored. Safety practices, tool selection, component identification and failure mode analysis will be fundamental topics in this course.
Provides a foundation for gaining the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for college success. Students will learn to make a successful transition to higher education by setting up a pattern of success that will last the rest of their lives. Students will define goals and develop thinking skills, learning strategies and personal qualities essential to both academic and career success. Please note: Students who have served active military duty (excluding basic training and AIT) may be exempt from the Student Success course. Student must provide a copy of DD214 or other official military documentation to the registrar for verification.
Utilization of industry software and service management practices for evaluation of lab performance. Exercises related to service information dispensed in classroom sessions will be completed.
Students will learn comparison methods and machinery economics to make decisions about purchase vs. lease vs. custom hiring arrangements. Attention will be placed on determining the right size equipment for the job, efficiency of equipment, as well as calculating depreciation costs on equipment.
Overview of computer applications with emphasis on the following: email, word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation tools and Internet-based applications. This is a 4-module course intended to cover the Microsoft Office suite.
Students will be introduced to basic GPS principles and how they are applied to precision agriculture and GIS applications. Different GPS corrections and constellations and primary industry uses will be introduced as well as different GPS terms and how they are used in the industry. Once an aptitude is gained for the GPS systems the course will focus on manufacturer applications and why producers use GPS/GIS to save money.
Safe handling procedures for pesticides and proper loading and mixing of crop protection products are discussed. Proper use of liquid and dry application equipment and nozzle selection will be studied.
Students will explore the fundamentals of combine harvester operation, maintenance and repair. Basic machine wear component inspection, diagnosis and repair procedures will be the topics of study. Students will learn the basics of machine adjustments and header equipment compatibility, as well as field operation. Different types of threshing and separating systems will be explored as well as how they differ in wear and operating characteristics.
An introductory course providing skills for entry-level welders. Specific projects will be related to agricultural applications, both on-farm and light commercial.