Agriculture Mechanics Pathway
Agriculture Mechanics 1/2: This course is UC “G” (college preparatory elective) approved and meets one of the following graduation requirements: vocational education or elective. Certifications offered: OSHA 10 General: Agriculture and iCEV: Southwest Professional Communications Certification. Credits: 10. This course is strongly recommended for all beginning students, those seeking an extended agricultural mechanics studies program and those students wanting a variety of skills in agricultural mechanics. This course will cover general equipment and shop safety practices, selection and use of hand and power tools, project planning with materials, oxy-acetylene and arc welding, basic concrete work, basic electrical wiring, and principles of carpentry. Career awareness, Future Farmers of America (FFA) achievement programs, and supervised project program opportunities will also be studied. Practical experience will be gained through student completion of selected projects related to study areas. Individual student construction of projects will complement class studies and qualified projects will be entered in the county fair for competition. FFA and Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAEP) are integral parts of the curriculum.
Agriculture Mechanics 3/4: This course is UC “G” (college preparatory elective) approved and meets one of the following graduation requirements: vocational education or elective. Certifications offered: OSHA 10 General: Agriculture and iCEV, Southwest Professional Communications Certification. (Prerequisite: Agriculture Mechanics 1/2) Credits: 10. This course provides students in agriculture an opportunity to reinforce and extend understanding of applied mechanical applications. Students will be exposed to mechanical, electrical and thermal power that are associated with the field of agricultural welding. Applied activities develop an understanding and skill development in metal joining and fabrication processes. Instruction will prepare students to select, operate, repair, fabricate and maintain a variety of agricultural machinery and equipment. Processes covered may include Oxyfuel Cutting/Heating/Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux-cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Air-carbon Arc Cutting, Plasma Arc Cutting, Safety and Metal Fabrication. In addition, record keeping, communication skills, employability and human relation skills will be covered. Leadership development and Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE’s) are also integral to this course.