Agricultural Mechanics-CURRENTLY NOT ENROLLING NEW STUDENTS

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Mechanics is the science of things in motion. Agricultural mechanics is concerned with these principles as they apply to the repair and maintenance of cultivation machines. Through offering a one-year Certificate of Achievement and a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS), this program will equip students with in-depth knowledge and skills related to hydraulic, braking, drivetrain, diesel, electrical, and mechanical systems. Successful graduates of this program will also be able to proficiently weld and fabricate.

Degrees and Certificates

Courses

AGM 102: Agricultural Mechanics Workplace Safety

Credits 1
In this course, students will learn to identify and mitigate potential hazards relating to the field of agricultural mechanics. Students will learn workplace and shop safety best practices.

AGM 103: Agricultural Equipment Operation

Credits 3
In this course, students will learn how to safely operate and maintain agricultural equipment. Students will understand the role that routine maintenance and thorough inspections play in operator and bystander safety. Students will perform fluid, filter and lubrication services. Additionally, students will conduct minor repairs as they pertain to routine maintenance such as, tightening/replacing belts, repairing minor leaks and universal joints. Students will be tasked with using operator manuals to locate, identify, and utilize safety, operational, and maintenance information for various purposes as they relate to agricultural mechanics. Students will demonstrate their ability to safely operate agriculture equipment including obtaining a forklift operator certification.

AGM 109: Shop Sklls I

Credits 2
This course will introduce students to measuring devices commonly used in agricultural mechanics. Students will demonstrate proper tool usage techniques as well as the ability to accurately read measuring devices such as calipers, beakers, micrometers, dial indicators, and tape measures.

AGM 129: Brakes

Credits 5
This course is an overview of brake systems. Students will gain an understanding of manual brakes and various types of power assist brakes as they apply to basic automotive, heavy truck, and agricultural braking systems. Students will learn basic airbrake function, operation, and repair. Students will study hydraulic brake systems that apply to the automotive and agriculture industry and gain experience in bleeding, serving, and diagnosing.

AGM 141: Hydraulics I

Credits 6
This course introduces students to hydraulic fundamentals and hydraulic safety. Students will learn how hydraulic flow and pressure is created and how it is harnessed to produce mechanical motion in open-center and closed-center systems. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to understand hydraulic system components and be able to articulate how they synergize to form a system. Additionally, students will be able to decipher basic hydraulic schematics.

AGM 151: Drivetrains I

Credits 6
In this course students will learn how power is transferred from engine to ground and PTO in various agricultural drive systems. Additionally, students will learn how torque is amplified, and how power transfer is adjusted. These principles will be first taught in the classroom and then demonstrated in a lab providing students with a both theoretical, and hands-on, learning experience in the safe operation of drivetrain systems.

AGM 161: Diesel I

Credits 5
This course is an introduction to diesel engine safety and operation. Topics such as mechanical injection, valve adjustments, injector adjustments, injector timing, turbochargers, aftercoolers, and fuel delivery are covered. Students will also gain practical experience with basic diesel engine troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance.

AGM 221: Electrical II

Credits 6
This course takes an in-depth look at electrical systems, electrical components and best practices in component testing and troubleshooting. Students will be familiarized with CAN bus, ISOBUS, and controller communication, configuration, and programming. Students will gain hands-on experience testing and diagnosing components, locating electrical faults, and reading schematics. Students will apply these skills to various sensors and actuators used on agricultural equipment commonly found in the Columbia Basin.

AGM 241: Hydraulics II

Credits 5

This course, a continuation of Hydraulics I, is a deeper dive into hydraulic technologies. Topics such as charge pumps, PEC pumps, hydrostats, pilot-operated valves, and load-sensing systems will be covered. Students will practice safely operating, testing, and adjusting these systems. Students will also use hydraulic schematics to test and troubleshoot various hydraulic systems and components.

AGM 251: Drivetrains II

Credits 5
A continuation of Drivetrains I, this course covers the safe servicing practices of hydraulically lubed axles, semi and full powershift transmissions, service and park brakes, and differential locks. Other topics include hydraulic clutches, lube circuits, and hydraulic brakes. Students will practice operating, calibrating, and configuring both electronically and non-electronically controlled systems.

AGM 261: Diesel II

Credits 6
A continuation of Diesel I, this course is a deep dive into electronic diesel engines. Course topics include testing and diagnosing engine sensors and switches, engine performance, electronically controlled diesel injection systems, and industry standard safety protocols. Students will also gain hands-on experience following troubleshooting manuals to test components and repair engine faults.

AGM 291: Diagostics

Credits 8
This course is the capstone for the Agricultural Mechanics Technology program. Students will employ skills developed in previous classes to test and diagnose hydraulic, electrical, and mechanic issues in agricultural equipment. Lab time will closely simulate real-world agricultural mechanic work. Successful completion of this course will require adept troubleshooting, communication, time-management, record-keeping skills. This course will put the student critical-thinking and problem-solving capacities to the test.