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Printed on 4/19/2018

Agriculture Equipment Service Technician

31-070-5 Technical Diploma (TD) 44 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Agricultural equipment is becoming more and more complex. You need advanced technical skills to work on planting and harvesting equipment today. Learn to maintain and repair diesel engine systems, drive trains, hydraulics, electrical systems, GPS, air conditioning, materials handling equipment, and harvesting equipment. You’ll gain practical, hands-on training and applied skills such as repair, diagnostics and troubleshooting, which are critical for this industry. In addition, your study of agribusiness and agriculture marketing will position you to be a valued and skilled technician in this industry.


*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Occupational Specific (41 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Agriculture Hydraulic Systems
Introduces the student to the fundamentals of fluid power, components, different hydraulic systems, hydraulic schematics and terminology of the hydraulic systems used on modern agriculture mobile equipment. Includes operation of fluid flow on various systems, maintenance and system diagnostics. Students are exposed to the special tools used to test hydraulic systems. The use of these special tools and technical manuals are stressed.
Ag DC Electrical Systems
Focuses on DC electron flow theory, different types of circuits and troubleshooting the circuits. Students will also use schematics to diagnosis problems. Starting and charging systems will be covered.
Dealership Parts/Service
Introduces the student to the role and function of the parts and service department of a dealership. Included are service reports, repair orders, warranty process, computerized parts invoicing, parts inventory, merchandising and customer relations. Students will work with a parts and service software program.
Shop Tool/Safety Principles
Focuses on equipment shop safety, correct tool usage and types of fasteners. Students will perform some basic duties in the shop using different types of tools and fasteners. Students will gain knowledge of the different types of tools and fasteners. They will also learn and perform some basic welding and cutting torch applications.
Agriculture Forage Harvesting Equipment
Focuses on forage harvesting equipment. Students will perform necessary adjustments and repairs associated with the forage harvesting equipment
Ag Planting Equipment
Provides a comprehensive study of planting equipment. There will be extensive coverage of planting and seeding equipment. Units to be covered will include no-till drills, corn planters and seed metering units. Students will work with the seed metering test stand to rebuild and calibrate the seed meters.
Agriculture Power Transmission
Provides theory and power flow of various transmissions used on agriculture power driven equipment. Includes collarshift, synchronized and powershift transmissions. Also covers differentials, final drives, PTO clutches and tractor clutches. Proper use of spatiality tools and technical manuals is stressed.
Advanced Agriculture Hydraulic Systems
Provides students the opportunity to work with various types of hydraulic systems used on agriculture equipment. They will do testing, diagnostic and repair of these systems. Students will need to complete Agriculture Hydraulic Systems before enrolling in this class.
Prereq: Agriculture Hydraulic Systems (10070110)
AG DC Electronic Systems
Focuses on electrical and electronic circuits used on DC electrical systems in agricultural equipment. Students will develop the knowledge and skills associated with diagnosing and troubleshooting these circuits. Students will learn the functions of the electronic systems. Computer use will be stressed.
Prereq: Ag DC Electrical Systems (10003131)
Ag Diesel Engine Systems
Introduces the basic knowledge of a diesel combustible engine. Students will learn the skills and knowledge needed to diagnose, maintain and adjust diesel engines found in agricultural machines and equipment. Use of technical manuals and precision measuring equipment is stressed.
Prereq: Shop/Tool and Safety Principles (10070134)
Precision Equipment Systems
Introduces the student to the different precision farming GPS systems used on agriculture equipment. Students will learn proper set-up and installation of the systems. Students will work in the field with adjustments and settings as well as the GPS display and the different functions.
Agriculture Air Conditioning
Provides theory of operation, service and testing of air conditioning units used to cool operator's cab of modern equipment. Students will have lab work consisting of leak detection, evacuation, charging of systems, R-12 to R134A conversions, electrical circuits and diagnostics of systems. Students will have the opportunity to apply for the Wisconsin State Air Conditioning Certification.
Ag Grain Harvesting
Provides theory of operation, adjustments and service repair of grain and forage harvesting equipment. Lab work includes hands-on service of combine and forage harvesting equipment. Machines covered include combines, self-propelled and pull-type forage harvesters, round, small and large square balers.
Skid Loader/Compact Equipment
Provides the knowledge and skills needed to operate, diagnose and repair skid loaders and telehandler equipment. Involves areas of training of both in electrical, hydraulics, drive transmissions, operational adjustments and operation. It is recommended to have successfully completed Electrical and Ag Hydraulics.
Prereq: Agriculture Hydraulic Systems (10070110), Ag DC Electrical Systems (10070131)
Agriculture Student Development
Finalizes what the student has learned, which will show how well the student has obtained some of the knowledge and skills needed before entering into their career. This will be a capstone course for the student. Students will be assessed in the program outcome areas.

Occupational Supportive (3 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Written Communication
Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.

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