Agriculture Mechanics 1
Introduction to Agriculture Mechanics is a beginning course to the Agricultural Mechanics Program. The class covers shop safety, shop procedures and the proper use and handling of hand and power tools. Students will be introduced to all facets of the areas which make up the field of Agriculture Mechanics. The following areas which are covered in this class are as follows: measuring, tool identification, rope work, woodworking, electrification, cold metal, plumbing, arc welding, oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, concrete, tool sharpening and maintenance and careers in Agriculture Mechanics.
This is a one year course devoted to the development of welding skills and techniques used in industry. Topics for class activities are: all phases of oxygen-acetylene welding and cutting, shielded metal arc welding, and an introduction to metal inert gas (MIG) welding and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, carbon arc gouging and the cutting of mild steel, aluminum and stainless steel by use of the plasma cutter. Construction of metal projects is permissible and encouraged, but only after completion of required assignments. Each students is required to purchase a pair of coveralls.
This course emphasizes welding in the advanced phase of electric arc welding, MIG, and TIG welding. The primary emphasis is using equipment in out-of-position welding with the application of welding skills learned through equipment fabrication. Also during this course, emphasis will be placed on leadership development, employment, career opportunities, and a supervised project. A portion of the final grade will be based on this area as well as progress towards a certificate of achievement. Thirty hours of additional outside class time will be required by arrangement for each student for attendance at: field trips, extended class projects, individual instruction.