Agricultural Equipment Technology

Department Chair

Beloit: Doug Cox



Program Instructors

Mitch Eck
Dan Hyman

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 and the calibrations specific to each equipment manufacturer. 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 Student Success Seminar 1
Second Semester
AET-105 Electrical Systems 3
AET-108 Hay Equipment 2
AET-111 Hydraulics 5
AET-203 Cab/Chassis Electrical 3
BMGT-108 Business Management / EntrepreneurshipELECTIVE 3
Summer Semester
AET-112 Internship 3
Third Semester
AET-201 Fuel Systems 4
AET-204 Heating & Air Conditioning 4
AET-205 Power Trains 4
Fourth Semester
AET-200 Set-up & Pre-delivery of Agricultural Equipment 3
AET-202 Harvesting Equipment 2
AET-208 Advanced Agricultural Equipment Technologies 2
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 MathOR 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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