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Agricultural Equipment Technology

The Agricultural Equipment Technology Program provides a quality learning atmosphere and hands-on training designed to prepare students for this rapidly changing industry. Classroom time focuses on the systems, components, operation and diagnostics of agricultural equipment. Students apply classroom knowledge through hands-on experience in the equipment laboratory. Upon successful completion of the two-year program, students earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to maintain, diagnose, and repair agriculture equipment in the most cost effective way.
  • Apply customer communication skills, good business ethics, and proper shop operations.
  • Explain how systems operate to include: electrical, hydraulic, power trains, computers, along with axles, brakes, and engines as they relate to these systems.
  • Describe the flow through each system and circuit.
  • Perform checks and adjust pressures.
  • Verify electrical voltages using electrical diagnostic equipment.
  • Analyze systems using computer programs, diagnostics and clear event codes with the use of a computer oronboard electronic devices used by manufacturers.

Required Courses

First Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
AET-100 Introduction to Shop Tools & Equipment 1
AET-103 Introduction to Electricity 2
AET-104 Service Center Operations 2
AET-106 Small Engines 2
AET-109 Diesel & Gasoline Engines 5
OSHA-110 OSHA Training 1
SS-102 Tech Connect 0

Second Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
AET-105 Electrical Systems 3
AET-108 Hay Equipment 2
AET-111 Hydraulics 5
AET-203 Cab/Chassis Electrical 3
BMGT-108 EntrepreneurshipELECTIVE 3

Summer Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
AET-112 Internship 3

Third Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
AET-201 Fuel Systems 5
AET-204Z Heating & Air Conditioning 3
AET-205 Power Trains 4

Fourth Semester

General Education Course Requirements

Course Code Course Name Credits
COM-103 English Composition I T▸ 3
COM-105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication T▸ 3
CIS-100 Computer Applications T▸ 3
MA-102 Essential Math T▸OR 3
MA-110 Intermediate AlgebraOR 3
MA-111 College Algebra T▸ 3
SS-100 General Psychology T▸ 3
Total Required Hours

T▸ - Course eligible for transfer to a state university.

Additional Notes:

Internship: As a pre-requisite the student will be required to perform the internship (3 credit hours) with an Ag dealership or Ag independent shop (95% of work performed as a Tech.) The student must have all passing grades (No “F” or “I”) and maintain a 2.0 grade point average before being able to move into the 2nd year of the Ag Tech program. The student must complete 9 out of 15 credit hours required in general education. Special circumstances may be taken into consideration per Instructor and Dean of Instruction’s discretion.

Post Graduate Jobs

Job Title Annual Salary
Service Technician $35,000
Parts Technician $28,000
GPS Technician $33,000
Salesman $50,000
Service Manager $60,000
Shop Foreman $40,000

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Transfer Options

This program offers a seamless transition to Fort Hays State University for the following degrees:
Business & Industry Concentration (B.S.)
Career & Technical Education Concentration (B.S.)

This Program is available in Beloit

Department Chair

Beloit: Anthony Long

Program Accreditation