SRJC Course Outlines

6/25/2024 12:32:10 PMAGMEC 50 Course Outline as of Fall 2017

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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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Catalog Description:
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This course involves design principles, selection, maintenance, safe tractor and agricultural equipment operation. Emphasis on proper techniques for the operation and service of common farm implements.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course involves design principles, selection, maintenance, safe tractor and agricultural equipment operation. Emphasis on proper techniques for the operation and service of common farm implements.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


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

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


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).
3.  Perform basic operator level inspection and maintenance of tractors and farm implements.

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Operate tractors and other field vehicles safely and efficiently.
2. Summarize basic tractor operating principles.
3. Operate specialty equipment safely and efficiently.
4. Match tractors and farm implements to jobs.
5. Recognize and identify the primary tractor parts and their functions.
6. Demonstrate proficiency in tractor setup and adjustment.
7. Demonstrate proficiency in attaching equipment to the drawbar, three point hitch, power
    take-off shaft, and auxiliary hydraulic outlets.
8. Identify the power systems in tractors.
9. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of tractor controls.
10. Diagnose basic operational conditions of equipment.
11. Evaluate service records and set-up appropriate service plans.
12. Perform basic preventive maintenance and repairs.
13. Analyze application requirements for spray, seed, and fertilizer applications.
14. Calculate equipment calibrations for spray, seed, and fertilizer applications and validate
    application quantity.

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 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
III. Tractor Safety
    A. California division of industrial safety
    B. Hand signals
    C. Starting and stopping
    D. Hazards
    E. Cal OSHA regulations
IV. Farm Tractors and Engines
    A. Tractor system identification
    B. Engine types
    C. Basic operating principles
V. Power Systems
    A. Engine
    B. Clutch
    C. Transmission
    D. Final drives
    E. Hydraulic
    F. Power Take-Off (PTO) shaft
VI. Controls
    A. Starting and stopping
    B. Steering
    C. Hitches
    D. Hydraulic
    E. Electric
    F. Auto guidance
VII. Implements
    A. Attachments
    B. Adjustments
    C. Efficiency
VIII. Tractor Field Operations
    A. Pre-operation
         1. Ballast
         2. Stability
         3. Daily maintenance
    B. Primary tillage
    C. Fertilizing (pre-plant)
    D. Seeding
    E. Irrigating
    F. Cultivating and mowing
    G. Spraying and fertilizing (post-plant)
         1. Calculating calibrations
         2. Validating application quantities
IX. Farm Machinery and Tractor 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
Concepts covered in lecture will be covered in lab.

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Lecture Related Assignments:
1. Reading assignments, approximately 15 -20 pages per week
2. Weekly lab reports, including pre-operation; tractor & equipment operation and controls;
    calibrations  for fertilizing, seeding and spraying; pre-evaluation of servicing
    requirements; completed service report
3. Four quizzes; two tests; final exam
Lab Related Assignments
1. Machinery and equipment operation skills
2. Preoperation and post operation tractor and farm implement inspection logs
3. Performing basic service and maintenance inspection
4. 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 operational 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%
Performance exams, Tractor & common farm equipment operation
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 40%
Quizzes, test, final: Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Short answer
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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Fundamentals of Machine Operation: Tractors. 5th ed. Deere & Company Service Publications. 2014
Fundamentals of Machine Operation: Preventive Maintenance. 8th ed. Deere & Company Service Publications. 2015
National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program: Student Manual. 2nd Edition. National Safety Council. Hobar Publications. 2013
Instructor prepared materials

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