Credits 5 Lecture Hours 22 Lab Hours 66
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 102 Agricultural Equipment and Workplace Safety (required) AGM 109 Shop Skills I (recommended).
Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge or skills:

  1. Identify components, component function, and component relation in a brake system.
  2. Describe the operation of various types of power brake systems.
  3. Describe airbrake components, operation, and function.
  4. Perform basic troubleshooting, maintenance, and repairs on brake systems.
Institutional Outcomes
3. Students will be able to demonstrate teamwork, ethics, safety awareness, and/or workplace specific skills related to agricultural mechanics.
Course Content Outline
  1. Hydraulic Brakes
    • Safety
    • Manual Hydraulic Brakes
    • Power Brakes
    • Power Brake Variations
    • Brake Service, Repair and Adjustment
  2. Air Brakes
    • Safety
    • Air Brake Operation and Components
    • Brake Service, Repair and Adjustments