Courses in Agri-Business

Precision Agriculture Equipment

MEAG 1206     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This class is an introduction to many of the equipment systems involved in precision agriculture. The areas covered will include equipment used for steering and guidance, fertilizer and chemical application, and harvest data collection. Basic understanding of DC electrical systems and basic hydraulics will be reviewed along with computer skills needed for upgrading system components. Instruction will include offsite tours and demonstrations to assure current information is available. (Prerequisites: None)

Facility Maintenance

MEAG 1500     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers farm and residential electrical wiring. Practical 120/240-volt circuit wiring, electrical safety, device selection, installation methods, grounding, bonding and service entrance panels are included. Agricultural confinement housing wiring and electric motors for frame application are explained. Another component in this course includes both electric arc, gas welding and a short section on the wire welding system. Students will spend time in the welding lab completing welds. (Prerequisites: None)

Facility Operations Maintenance

MEAG 1510     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course includes a detailed look at maintenance and servicing of production facilities: electrical, plumbing, and mechanical equipment. Trouble shooting of ventilation, plumbing, feed lines, curtain controls, and electric motors will be discussed. Included also in the course are practical 120/240 volt wiring, electrical safety, device selection, and installation methods that apply to workers in livestock and production facilities. This course will also cover maintenance of heaters, waste handling, and facility equipment used in livestock facilities. (Prerequisites: None)

Ag Equipment Maintenance

MEAG 1610     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers basic harvesting, tillage and planting equipment. The student will learn all component parts and proper adjustments of equipment. Machine adjustment may be accomplished on demonstration units, operator manual examples, actual equipment or field trips. In the machinery operation, set-up, and reconditioning portion, the student identifies preventative maintenance, set-up and reconditioning procedures, follows the set-up and operators manual, uses a check sheet and torque chart. (Prerequisites: None)

Agricultural Industry Machinery Maintenance

MEAG 1700     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers theory and service competencies necessary to maintain small engines, gasoline-powered vehicles, and diesel-powered vehicles. Students will gain an awareness of equipment maintenance programs. The course includes field trips and instruction in maintaining equipment found in feed mills, fertilizer plants, and grain elevators. The course will also cover tillage, crop protection and planting equipment. Students will learn all component parts and proper adjustment of the particular units. Machine adjustment maybe accomplished on demonstration units, operator manual examples or on actual industry equipment. The course will also cover chemical, fertilizer, pesticide handling considerations. (Prerequisites: None)

Planning Farmstead Environments

MEAG 2200     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers farm building materials and methods of construction. Farmstead planning concepts are examined and applied to the student's home farm situation. Design and drawing of various types of farm buildings are included. The storing, drying, processing and handling of grain and feed are included. Ventilation of livestock buildings and animal waste management is emphasized. Students will gain experience in sizing and selecting equipment for agricultural materials handling applications. (Prerequisite: None)

Ag Equipment Maintenance I

MEAG 2300     4.00 Credits
This course covers a theory and service competencies necessary to maintain small engine, gasoline and diesel powered vehicles on the farm. Students will gain an awareness of equipment maintenance programs. The electrical portion covers farm and residential electrical wiring. Practical 120/240 circuit wiring, electrical safety, device selection, installation methods, grounding, bonding and service entrance panels are included. The final component includes both electric arc, gas welding and a short section on the wire welding system. Students will spend time in the welding lab completing welds. NOTE: Students will merge with the MEAG 1500 Facility Maintenance plus combine at the end of the Agribusiness Spring semester schedule (mid-April) to enhance the ability to successfully teach the ag equipment specifics in an agricultural education program. (Prerequisite: None)