SRJC Course Outlines

5/28/2024 3:42:07 AMAGMEC 50 Course Outline as of Fall 2024

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  AGMEC 50Title:  AG MACHINE/EQUIP SKILL  
Full Title:  Agricultural Machinery and Equipment Skills
Last Reviewed:12/12/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled3.006 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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Students will examine design principles, selection, maintenance, adjustment, and safe operation of wheel and track-type tractors used in the agriculture and construction industries. This course emphasizes proper techniques for the operation and service of common farm implements.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Students will examine design principles, selection, maintenance, adjustment, and safe operation of wheel and track-type tractors used in the agriculture and construction industries. This course emphasizes proper techniques for the operation and service of common farm implements.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2017Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Select appropriate tractor and equipment for field jobs.
2. Demonstrate safe operation of tractors and common farm implements based on Operational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements.
3. Perform operator level inspection, maintenance, and adjustment of tractors and farm implements.
 

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Operate wheel and track type tractors and other field vehicles safely and efficiently.
2. Demonstrate ability to communicate and work cooperatively with others.
3. Identify correct tractor parts and their terminology.
4. Summarize power generation and transmission systems.
5. Match tractors and farm implements to jobs.
6. Perform operator level inspection, maintenance, and adjustment of tractor systems.
7. Diagnose and repair minor tractor problems.
8. Demonstrate proficiency in tractor setup and adjustment.
9. Demonstrate proficiency in attaching equipment to the drawbar, three-point hitch, power take-off shaft, and auxiliary hydraulic outlets.
10. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of tractor controls.
11. Evaluate service records and set-up appropriate service plans.

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction
    A. Overview of farm equipment
    B. History of the tractor engine
    C. Tractor types and configuration
    D. Tractor safety and accident prevention
    E. Tractor types and engine types
         1. Utility tractors
         2. Row crop tractors
         3. Orchard tractors
         4. Industrial tractors
         5. Garden tractors
         6. Rotary tiller (walk behind tractors)
         7. Implement carries
   F. Operating principles
II. Tractor Safety
    A. California division of industrial safety
    B. Hand signals
    C. Starting and stopping
    D. Hazards
    E. Transportation
    F. Cal OSHA regulations
III. Power Systems
    A. Engine
    B. Clutch
    C. Transmission
    D. Final drives
    E. Hydraulic
    F. Power Take-Off (PTO) shaft
IV. Controls
    A. Starting and stopping
    B. Steering
    C. Hitches
    D. Hydraulic
    E. Electric
    F. Auto guidance
V. Implement
    A. Attachment
    B. Adjustments
    C. Efficiency
VI. Field Operations
    A. Pre-operation
         1. Ballast
         2. Stability
         3. Daily maintenance
         4. Selecting speeds
         5. Hazardous situations
    B. Primary tillage
    C. Fertilizing (pre-plant)
    D. Seeding
    E. Irrigating
    F. Cultivating and mowing
    G. Spraying and fertilizing (post-plant)
VII. Tractor Operation Skills
    A. Pre-starting maintenance and safety checks
         1. Starting the tractor engine
         2. Tractor driver responsibilities
         3. Basic operating principles
    B. Tractor movement
    C. Implement hook-up and backup
VIII. Maintenance and Repairs
    A. Definition and importance of maintenance and repairs
    B. Operator's manual
    C. Maintenance and repair records
    D. Engine tune-up
    E. Service and adjustment to engines and equipment
    F. Tools and supplies
    G. Inspection and evaluation
All topics are covered in the lecture and lab portions of the course.

Assignments:
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Lecture-Related Assignments:
1. Weekly reading (15 -20 pages)
2. Lab reports (2-10). Topics may include:
     A. Pre-operation
    B. Tractor & equipment operation and controls
    C. Calibrations for fertilizing, seeding and spraying
    D. Pre-evaluation of servicing requirements
    E. Troubleshooting tractor systems
3. Quiz(zes) (1-6)
4. Exam(s) (1-3)
 
Lab-Related Assignments:
1. Weekly inspection/operation logs: Pre-operation and post operation
2. Service and maintenance inspection reports
3. Skill/performance exams: tractor and equipment operation

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
5 - 10%
Weekly inspection/operation logs
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 40%
Lab reports; service and maintenance inspection reports
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 30%
Skill/Performance exams
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 40%
Quizzes; exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Attendance and participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Agricultural Mechanics and Technology Systems. 2nd. Hancock, J.P. and Edgar, Don. Goodheart-Willcox. 2022.
Fundamentals of Machine Operation: Tractors. 5th ed. Deere & Company Service Publications. 2014 (classic).
Fundamentals of Machine Operation: Preventive Maintenance. 8th ed. Deere & Company Service Publications. 2015 (classic).
National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program: Student Manual. 2nd ed. National Safety Council. Hobar Publications. 2013 (classic).
Instructor prepared materials

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