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The Agricultural Technology Program houses two areas of study: Agriculture Irrigation and Mechanized Agriculture. Ag Technology focuses on the emerging automation happening in production agriculture specifically related to water management.
In Agriculture Irrigation, students earn an Ag Irrigation Technician Certificate through 18-weeks of training in the Agriculture Irrigation Academy. As water use is increasingly monitored, this training teaches students how to solve critical water management problems facing growers today. Students will learn water management, irrigation system design, irrigation system components, and automation. The Agriculture Irrigation Academy gives students intense training both in the classroom and in the field preparing them for certification with the Irrigation Association. All four courses are offered in the Fall Semester on Tuesday and Thursdays so that students can work on the other days of the week.
In Mechanized Agriculture, students train for a career as an Ag Power Equipment Technician where they will learn diagnostics, repair, and service of agriculture and industrial equipment. The certificate prepares students for EETC Certification exams in 4 stoke gas engines and compact diesel engines. All four courses are offered in the Spring Semester on Tuesday and Thursdays so that students can work on the other days of the week.
Agricultural Technology Faculty Contact
Charles Abee | (559) 688-3141 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tulare Center Building B: 208 | Tulare Campus
Agriculture Division Chair
Shannan Cooper | (559) 688-3118 | email@example.com
B106 | Tulare Campus
Provost - Tulare College Center, Dean of Agriculture
C. Louann Waldner, Ph.D. | (559) 688-3050 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tulare Center Building A: 109 | Tulare Campus
For a complete list of courses and descriptions visit: COURSES
AGTC 103 Farm Power
This course involves the study of functions, physical capabilities, applications, economics and tractor improvements. Students will participate in operation, testing and analysis of tractors in laboratory and field conditions to maximize operation efficiencies. (C-ID AG-MA108L)
AGTC 106 Agriculture Welding
A study of the fundamental principles theories and concepts of welding used in agriculture construction, fabrication and repair. All positions, joint types, hard surfacing, cutting, brazing, SMAW, GMAW, and OFW will be studied.
AGTC 201 Small Engines
This beginning course is designed to introduce students to the theory and concepts of today's modern power equipment. Applications, basic operation, diagnosis and troubleshooting will be addressed in this course.
AGTC 202 Farm Equipment Construction
This is a study of the basic principles for the construction of farm implements such as feeding equipment, tractor implements, farm trailers or other useful tools on the farm. The course content includes: safety, developing a working drawing, a bill of materials, constructing the project and finishing the project.
AGTC 210 Agriculture Project Construction
This course is designed to give students an understanding of the mechanics and technology of fabrication. This class will study the characteristics, types and costs of construction materials for their use in agriculture and industrial equipment fabrication.
AGTC 219 Irrigation System Design
Irrigation system design fundamentals covering micro, sprinkler, surface, and sub-surface applications. Topics include on-farm systems, piping, and discharge as well as system efficiency and cost. AutoCAD and other common design software will be introduced and utilized.
AGTC 220 Irrigation Wells and Pumps
Management and evaluation of irrigation wells, pumps and their drive systems. Emphasis is placed on system hydraulics, pump curves and selection, efficient operation, management, energy conservation, setup, maintenance and repair.
AGTC 222 Ag Irrigation Systems
Fundamentals of irrigation systems and maintenance to include sprinkler, micro, surface and sub-surface applications. As irrigation systems have grown more complex so have their components. Topics include pumping and delivery systems, piping, flow control, filtration, automation, pressure regulation, equipment setup and testing. Emphasis will be placed on cost effective installation and maintenance requirements for efficient operation.
AGTC 225 Compact Diesel Engines
This course provides students with technical knowledge and hands-on experience in the operation and repair of compact diesel engines.
Certified Agriculture Irrigation Specialist
A.S., College of Sequoias
B.S., California State University, Fresno