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Agricultural Equipment Technology

Department Chair

Beloit: Doug Cox



Program Instructors

Mitch Eck

Program Overview

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.

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.)

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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Required Courses

Course Code Course Name Credits
First Semester
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
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
AET-112 Internship 3
Third Semester
AET-201 Fuel Systems 5
AET-204 Heating & Air Conditioning 3
AET-205 Power Trains 4
Fourth Semester
AET-200 Set-up & Pre-delivery of Agricultural Equipment 2
AET-202 Harvesting Equipment 2
AET-208 Advanced Agricultural Equipment Technologies 3
AET-209 Integrated Systems 5
General Education Course Requirements
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

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.

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