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Agriculture Mechanics Certificate

Last updated 4/1/2014

Certificate Code 9583

Program Contacts:
East Campus

Recruiter, 309-854-1724
Gary Werkheiser, 309-854-1833, werkheiserg@bhc.edu


The Agriculture Mechanics Certificate program provides practical knowledge of the component parts and fundamentals of operation of the agricultural equipment and machinery as well as diagnostic and repair procedures. Classroom and laboratory instruction is provided. The Agriculture Mechanics Certificate program differs from the Agriculture Mechanics Technology degree program in that it is comprised of only mechanics courses and may be completed in one year.

Enrollment in the Agriculture Mechanics certificate program is limited. Students are required to provide their own basic set of tools. Information on admission requirements and required tools may be secured from one of the contact persons or the Enrollment Services Office

Agriculture Mechanics Certificate
Certificate Code 9583
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

Fall Semester
AG 275 — Field Machinery Operations I (3)
MECH 102 — Brake and Hydraulic Systems (4)
MECH 103 — Electrical Systems I (4)
MECH 111 — Engine Repair I (4)

Spring Semester
AG 276 — Field Machinery Operations II (3)
MECH 104 — Electrical Systems II (3)
MECH 108 — Hydraulic Transmissions (3)
MECH 109 — Power Trains (3)
MECH 211 — Engine Repair II (4)

Summer Semester
AG 273 — Lawn and Garden Equipment Repair (4)
MECH 105 — Fuel Control Systems (4)
MECH 112 — Air Conditioning (3)
MECH 290 — Work Experience Intern Seminar (1)

Minimum total hours required for certificate (43)

Courses for this program include: »

AG 273 Lawn and Garden Equipment Repair
1-4 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
This course covers the operation and maintenance of consumer products in the agriculture industry. Topics to be covered include lawnmowers, lawn sweepers, lawn conditioning equipment, snow blowers, leaf blowers, tillers, weed eaters, and chain saws. Emphasis will be given to safety, operation, maintenance, and repair.

AG 275 Field Machinery Operations I
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Introduces the student to harvesting, tillage, and planting operations. Emphasis will be placed on theory, operation, maintenance and adjustment of the machines.

AG 276 Field Machinery Operations II
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Introduces the student to theory and maintenance of agricultural planting systems. Includes care, maintenance and calibration of field sprayers.

MECH 102 Brake and Hydraulic Systems
1-4 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Study of brake systems including anti-lock brake systems. An introduction to hydraulic systems will also be covered.

MECH 103 Electrical Systems I
4 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Theoretical and practical aspects of electrical systems and components used on vehicles. Batteries, cranking, charging, ignition, accessory components and circuit wiring will be emphasized.

MECH 104 Electrical Systems II
4 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MECH 103 or Instructor consent.
Study of electronics, regulation systems, ignition systems, components and accessories. Circuit understanding, troubleshooting, repair and service will be emphasized.

MECH 105 Fuel Control Systems
4 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Basic fuel system principles of operation, (electronic feedback carburetion principles), and electronic fuel injection systems will be covered.

MECH 108 Hydraulic Transmissions
1-3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
The study of theory, operation, service and repair of hydraulic power and shift transmissions. Emphasis will be placed on current use transmissions. Student skill development in analysis and repair procedures will be stressed.

MECH 109 Power Trains
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
A working knowledge of the functions, designs, construction and service of various power trains. Course emphasis to be on various types of clutches, multi-speed manual transmissions, drive lines, rear axles and differentials.

MECH 111 Engine Repair I
4 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
An introductory course for the application and principles of operation of modern engines. Emphasis placed on measurement, engine machining, engine repair and general service to engines used in modern vehicles.

MECH 112 Air Conditioning
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Fundamentals of operation and service of air conditioners and cooling units used on auto and agricultural applications.

MECH 211 Engine Repair II
4 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MECH 111 or instructor consent.
Application of theory to engine repair; analysis of engine failures, engine machining, service repair to engine systems. Emphasis on practical decision making and development of repair skills.

MECH 290 Work Experience Internship Seminar
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Course would serve as a counseling/training supplement for students on service internship. Among the topics covered are interpersonal relationships, job requirements, liability and legal concerns, tool and equipment needs and technical instruction on current problems.


Gainful Employment

Gainful employment is one important measure that students and parents should pay attention to as they examine colleges and programs. All non-degree programs must be designed to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation in order to be deemed eligible for federal student aid. These programs are generally less than 2 years in length and result in a certificate.

Agriculture Mechanics Certificate