Industrial/Trades: Agricultural Machinery Technician - Certificate

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Program Overview

Location(s):
  • SIAST Kelsey Campus, Saskatoon
Length: 35 weeks

Our Program

Agricultural Machinery Technician is a certificate program. It provides the knowledge and skill development needed to enter into the agricultural machinery technician trade.

You will learn:

  • entry level skills in the areas of electrical, engines, hydraulics, fuel systems, power trains and agricultural machinery
  • how to service, inspect, diagnose, repair and overhaul agricultural machinery common to the agricultural equipment industry

Your Career

Graduates may find employment in agricultural equipment dealerships and mechanical areas in many industrial fields. This includes working as a technician in a large mining company, large farm, custom combine operation, specialized shop, short line company or the construction industry.

Trade time and academic credit may be available for graduates who find employment in the trade and register as apprentices. Contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) for further information.

Contact your local agricultural equipment dealership (AGCO, CaseIH, John Deere, New Holland) for current job opportunities.

For more information about career opportunities related to this program, contact Student Employment Services at the campus nearest you.

Program Details

Start Date(s): August

Tuition and Fees

    Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the SIAST campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.
$9,190

Admission Information

Admission Requirements

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores and Post Secondary Success Requirements for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 60 Arithmetic
  • 65 Reading
  • 55 Sentence

Post-Secondary Success

One year post-secondary studies

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of SIAST programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

SIAST recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.


Transfer Credit

Many SIAST students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

Courses

CodeCourse Name/DescriptionCredits
AIR 183

Air Conditioning and Heating

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are found in modern agricultural equipment. Your studies will focus on the theory and operation of these systems and the components they use. You will diagnose and repair the HVAC systems and their controls, and retrofit R12 systems to the current R134a systems.


Credit Units: 2

Course Hours: 30.0

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

2
COMM 127

Industry Communications

You will practice fundamental employability skills related to oral and written communications. You will also practice employability skills related to working effectively with others. You will learn personal employability skills and the effect of attitudes and behaviours on successful job search and career advancement.


Credit Units: 2

Course Hours: 30.0

Equivalent Courses: COMM 127A, COMM 187, COMM 191, COMM 193, JOBS 190, TCOM 105, TCOM 120, TCOM 140

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Web CT/Blackboard, Work Based Delivery

2
ELEC 296

Electrical 1: Basics

Your studies will focus on basic electrical theory (including electron theory, Ohm's Law, Watt's Law and the laws of series and parallel circuits). The course content includes battery operation and servicing, using a digital multimeter to analyze circuits operation and simple diagnostics.


Credit Units: 4

Course Hours: 60.0

Learning Methods: Lecture/Theory

4
ELEC 298

Electrical 2: Systems

Your studies will focus on the operation and repair of electrical systems found on agricultural equipment (including charging and starting systems).


Credit Units: 4

Course Hours: 60.0

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

4
ELEC 299

Electrical 3: Advanced

Building on the knowledge gained in ELEC 296 (Electrical 1-Basics) and ELEC 298 (Electrical 2-Systems), you will focus on testing, diagnosing and repairing electrical circuits on agricultural equipment.


Credit Units: 2

Course Hours: 30.0

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

2
ENGN 191

Engines 1: Basics

You will study the basic physical principles of the operation and construction of two-stroke and four-stroke engines. The course content includes cooling systems, cooling system components, coolants and additives, crankcase lubricants, lubrication systems, filter systems, oil analysis, methods of cleaning and safety of cleaning.


Credit Units: 4

Course Hours: 60.0

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

4
ENGN 192

Engines 2: Fuel Systems

You will be introduced to the gasoline and diesel fuel supply systems and how they allow combustion to occur. You will inspect air induction systems, test engine compression, study high and low-pressure fuel injection systems and inspect and repair diesel fuel injectors.


Credit Units: 4

Course Hours: 60.0

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

4
ENGN 199

Engines 3 Advanced

You will focus on the construction and operation of the valve train and cylinder head components. The course content includes cylinder head overhaul, valve timing, valve adjustment, inspection of the camshaft and its bearings the design, construction, operation and service methods of crankshafts, connecting rods and piston assemblies, cylinder liners, bearings, blocks and related engine accessories. You will also gain knowledge of onboard computer systems used in the Agricultural machinery trade. You will use these computer systems to monitor machine operation and perform diagnostic tests.


Credit Units: 6

Course Hours: 90.0

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

6
EQPT 194

Seeding and Tillage Equipment

You will learn how to set up, pre-deliver and service air seeder carts, seeding tools and tillage equipment. You will also learn the principles and procedures for operating tillage and seeding equipment. You will be introduced to global positioning systems technology as it applies to variable rate seeding technology.


Credit Units: 4

Course Hours: 60.0

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

4
EQPT 196

Harvesting Equipment

You will learn how to set up, pre-deliver and service combines and combine attachments. You will study rotary and conventional combines and global positioning technology as it applies to harvesting.


Credit Units: 4

Course Hours: 60.0

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

4
EQPT 197

Hay and Forage Equipment

You will study the principles of the operation, service and repair of hay and forage equipment. You will learn and demonstrate how to inspect, adjust, service and repair forage and haying equipment.


Credit Units: 4

Course Hours: 60.0

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

4
EQPT 198

Sprayers and Applicators

Your studies will focus on the set-up and pre-delivery of self-propelled and pull-type field sprayers. The course content includes the theory of operation, service, repair and calibration of spray systems and components, and an introduction to the safe handling of anhydrous ammonia.


Credit Units: 2

Course Hours: 30.0

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

2
EQPT 199

Pre-Delivery and Performance

You will learn how to set-up and pre-deliver tractors. You will focus on tractor appearance, installing accessories, tractor ballasting and tractor and engine performance.


Credit Units: 2

Course Hours: 30.0

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

2
HYDR 188

Hydraulics

You will focus on the basic principles of hydraulics and gain an understanding of component construction and operation. You will learn how each component contributes to the operation of the entire system and develop practical skills to repair these components.


Credit Units: 6

Course Hours: 90.0

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

6
MATH 187

Mathematics

You will develop the background knowledge in basic mathematics, while focusing on applications within the mechanical trades.


Credit Units: 2

Course Hours: 32.0

Equivalent Courses: MATH 119

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Lecture/Theory

2
SHOP 187

Shop Procedures and Safety

You will explore the basic occupational skills, work practices and procedures required in the agricultural machinery industry.


Credit Units: 6

Course Hours: 87.0

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

6
TRNM 190

Power Trains 1

You will learn the basic mechanical devices and concepts that are used throughout the agricultural machinery industry.


Credit Units: 2

Course Hours: 30.0

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

2
TRNM 191

Power Trains 2

You will learn how to maintain and repair fraction clutches used on modern agricultural tractors. Your focus will be on tractor separation, replacement and repair, and the adjustment of tractor clutches.


Credit Units: 2

Course Hours: 30.0

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

2
TRNM 192

Power Trains 3

You will learn about the gear reduction and braking systems used on modern agricultural equipment. You will focus on non-powered hydraulic brakes, hypoid gear boxes, axles and final drives.


Credit Units: 4

Course Hours: 60.0

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

4
WELD 283

Gas and Arc Welding

Your studies will focus on oxy-acetylene safety procedures, equipment set-up and correct operating procedures. You will gain experience using the cutting torch freehand, using a guide, in cutting shapes and brazing. The course content includes demonstrations of plasma cutting and using an ironworker.


Credit Units: 2

Course Hours: 26.0

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

2
WELD 287

Gas Welding

Your studies will focus on electric arc welding safety procedures, equipment set-up and correct operating procedures. You will gain experience in flat padding, horizontal fillet, flat lap, vertical up fillet welding on various thicknesses of metal and using various types of welding rods.


Credit Units: 2

Course Hours: 30.0

Learning Methods: Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Lab/Practical, Work Based Delivery

2
WORK 191

Dealership Work Experience

Two weeks of dealership work experience will allow you to apply the technical skills and knowledge you acquired during the program. You will have the opportunity to select a dealership where you would like to perform your work experience.


Credit Units: 0

Course Hours: 80.0

Learning Methods: Work Experience - Group

0

Note: During your two-week work experience, you will experience how an agricultural dealership operates and will be able to start to apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired.

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