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Agriculture Mechanics Technology AAS

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Last updated 4/2/2014

Associate in Applied Science Code 9081

Program Contacts:
East Campus

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


The Agriculture Mechanics Technology degree program provides a proper balance of theory and practical application for students preparing for careers in the agricultural machinery and equipment industry. Graduates of the program may become employed as mechanics, machinery and equipment technicians, parts specialists, machinery and equipment sales persons, or service managers in agricultural implement dealerships and agricultural equipment repair businesses.

The curriculum emphasizes laboratory diagnostic procedures in the areas of diesel and gasoline engines; electrical systems, including computerized control systems and electronic fuel control systems; transmissions and power trains; and hydraulic systems. Additional experience will be provided to students in the area of machinery operation and management. Students are placed in agricultural implement dealerships and agricultural equipment repair businesses for an eight-week internship. Through the internship, students gain valuable on-the-job experience as they apply what they have learned in class.

Enrollment in the Agriculture Mechanics Technology degree 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 Technology AAS
Associate in Applied Science Code 9081
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First 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)

Second Semester
AG 276 — Field Machinery Operations II (3)
MECH 104 — Electrical Systems II (3)
MECH 108 — Hydraulic Transmissions (3)
MECH 211 — Engine Repair II (4)
MECH Elective (3)

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)

Third Semester
CS 100 — Introduction to Computers (3)
COMM 100 — Communication Skills (3)
MATH Elective (3)
Science Elective (3)

Fourth Semester
BA 110 — Introduction to Business (3)
AG  or  MECH Electives (6)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

Suggested electives: AG 172, 271; AUTO 291; MECH 109, 215, 219

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.

AUTO 291 Work Experience Internship
1-6 cr. hrs.
; 0 lecture hours; 30 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Instructor consent.
On the job training program required of all second year Automotive students. Emphasis is placed on organizing skill development experiences in a work setting.

BA 110 Introduction to Business
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Basic course introducing major kinds of business organizations and forms of ownership. Study of vocabulary and functions of activities such as financing, marketing, management, personnel administration, and international business.

COMM 100 Communication Skills
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
For career program students only. COMM 100 and ENG 132 fulfill requirements for an associate’s degree in several career programs. Concentration on developing skills in writing, speaking and reading.

CS 100 Introduction to Computers
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 1 lab hour per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or REA 093 “B” or better.
Introduction to computer concepts, computer applications, and the impact of computers on society. Applications include problem solving methods, word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics software. Basic Algebra or equivalent is recommended.

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 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.