Agricultural Technology

Division: Agriculture

The Agriculture Technology Program houses two areas of study Mechanized Agriculture and Agriculture Irrigation. In the Mechanized Agriculture section of the program, students can learn basic welding and fabrication skills, equipment operation, and compact diesel engine repair. The Agriculture Irrigation section of the program prepares students for exciting new careers in the area of Agriculture Irrigation. Water is becoming more monitored throughout the state and this is the program that is training students to solve critical water management problems facing growers today. Students will learn water management, irrigation system design, irrigation system components, and automation. The Agriculture Technology Department offers an Agriculture Irrigation Academy where students will get intense training both in the classroom and in the field preparing them for certification with the Irrigation Association.

Contact Information

Agricultural Technology Faculty Contact 

Charles Abee | (559) 688-3141 | charlesa@cos.edu   
Tulare Center Building B: 208 | Tulare Campus  

Agriculture Division Chair

Kim Pitigliano | (559) 688-3117 | kimp@cos.edu
Tulare Center Building B: 104 | Tulare Campus

Provost - Tulare College Center, Dean of Agriculture  

C. Louann Waldner, Ph.D. | (559) 688-3050 | louannw@cos.edu 
Tulare Center Building A: 109 | Tulare Campus 

For a complete list of courses and descriptions visit: COURSES


AGTC 103 Farm Power 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion Hours:
1 Lab
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 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion Hours:
1 Lab
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 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion Hours:
1 Lab
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 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion Hours:
1 Lab
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 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion Hours:
1 Lab
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 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion Hours:
1 Lab
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 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion Hours:
1 Lab
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 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion Hours:
1 Lab
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 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion Hours:
1 Lab
This course provides students with technical knowledge and hands-on experience in the operation and repair of compact diesel engines.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: AGTC 201 or equivalent college course with a minimum grade of C (may be taken concurrently).

Agricultural Technology

Abee, Charles
Certified Agriculture Irrigation Specialist
A.S., College of Sequoias
B.S., California State University, Fresno