Agriculture & Turf Equipment Option- Curriculum and class descriptions

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AGRICULTURE & TURF EQUIPMENT OPTION

 

The Powersports Technology program prepares individuals to perform maintenance, troubleshooting, and overhaul of the major components of powersports, agricultural, outdoor power, and marine equipment and machinery.  Instruction is provided in the classroom on theory, inspection, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of wheels, brakes, operating controls, steering, hydraulics, suspension, electrical circuitry, electronic/mechanical engines, manual/automatic shift transmissions, and marine drives.  Students gain real-world experience through lab projects and a summer internship.

The Powersports Technology program is accredited by the Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC) in Two-Stroke and Four-Stroke Engines, Electrical, Compact Diesel Engines, and Driveline/Hydraulics.  All students will have the opportunity to become certified through EETC in these systems.  The degree program and its options are also accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

Students seeking an Associate of Applied Science degree may choose from two options.  Both options give students a solid foundation in servicing, selecting, and selling powersports, agricultural, outdoor power, and marine equipment and machinery along with computer, communication, and mathematical skills.  The General Option includes instruction on all the systems of powersports, agricultural, outdoor power, and marine units.  The Agriculture & Turf Equipment Option is designed for students with career goals that are more focused on the agriculture or turf industry.  Students in this option select elective courses such as agribusiness; equipment operation and maintenance; pest, weed, and disease control; irrigation and erosion control; reel and rotary technology; turfgrass management; or commercial site contracting.

Students who are interested in the General Option may choose to pursue a Basic One-Year Certificate that meets employer needs for entry-level technicians.  Upon successful completion of the Basic Certificate, students may choose to pursue an Advanced One-Year Certificate.  The Advanced Certificate is also available for those who have gained powersports knowledge and skills through other means such as industry experience or college studies to develop additional skills.

Graduates will have the knowledge and skills required to be productive in positions such as technician, adjuster, and service writer.  Powersports, agricultural, outdoor power, and/or marine employment opportunities include original equipment manufacturer dealers, independent sales and service shops, farm-related employers, golf course maintenance shops, equipment rental companies, and/or government agencies.

The program contributes to the green economy by teaching students to work with electric power being used in powersports, agricultural, outdoor power, and marine equipment and machinery.  Students are also taught about different types of alternative fuels and their impacts on the environment.  Biodegradable solvents and other products are used to help reduce water, air, and soil contamination.

It is a graduation requirement of the Powersports Technology (PST) degree for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirements” courses.  It is a graduation requirement of the Powersports Technology (PST) certificate for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” courses.

 Program Mission

The mission of the Powersports Technology program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the technical and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in today’s powersports, agriculture, outdoor power, and marine industries.

 Program Goals

The goals of the program are to provide the opportunity for students to develop:

  • Electrical knowledge and skills needed to repair and maintain powersports, agricultural, outdoor power, and marine equipment.
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to repair, maintain and troubleshoot two-stroke, four-stroke, and diesel engines.
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to repair, maintain, and troubleshoot drive train, marine drive, suspension and steering, hydraulic, hydrostat, and brake systems.
  • Critical thinking skills used in troubleshooting.
  • Oral and written communication skills needed in the industry.
  • Knowledge and skills necessary for agribusiness; equipment operation and maintenance; pest, weed, and disease control; irrigation and erosion control; reel and rotary technology maintenance; turfgrass management; and commercial site contracting.  (This goal applies to only the Agriculture & Turf Equipment Option.)

CORE CURRICULUM

 

    CORE CURRICULUM  
  Credit Hours
PST 110 Preventive Maintenance, Operation, & Inspection 2
PST 120 Electrical Fundamentals 2
PST 140 Wheels, Tires, & Brakes 2
PST 150 Two-Stroke & Four-Stroke Gas Engines 2
PST 155 Fuel Delivery Systems 2
PST 165 Starting, Ignition, & Charging Systems 2
PST 205 Internship 8
PST 210 Powertrain & Drive Systems 2
PST 220 Electrical Systems & Electronic Controls 3
PST 225 Diesel Engines 2
PST 245 Hydraulic Systems 2
PST 290 Advanced Troubleshooting & Diagnostics 3
WLT 128 Basic Welding 3
SUB-TOTAL 35
 
General Education Requirements 19
Must Include:
COM 111 Oral Communications 3
PHY 100 Physical Science 4
OR
PHY 103/104 Environmental Science 4
May Not Include:
ASC 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I 4
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II 4
NST 101 Network Fundamentals 3
SUB-TOTAL 19                       

Agriculture & Turf Equipment Option

Choose 16 to 18 credit hours from the following elective courses:  
CTG 105 Missouri Pesticide Application 1
CTG 107 Turfgrass Management I 3
CTG 109 Equipment Operations and Maintenance 3
CTG 117 Commercial Site Contracting 3
CTG 201 Weeds and Diseases 3
CTG 204 Insects and Pests 3
CTG 206 Irrigation and Drainage 3
CTG 207 Turfgrass Management II 3
CTG 225 Reel and Rotary Technology 2
AGR 100 Introduction to Agribusiness Systems 3
SUB-TOTAL 16-18
       
    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1
SUB-TOTAL 1
 
It is a graduation requirement of the Powersports Technology (PST) degree for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirements” courses.  
       
    PROGRAM TOTAL 70-73

 

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

 

PST  100  Introduction to the Industry.  This course introduces and illustrates all components of powersports, agricultural, outdoor power, and marine equipment.  Safety, environmental protection, tool usage, fasteners, and gaskets are covered.  2 credit hours.

PST  110  Preventive Maintenance, Operation, & Inspection.  This course includes instruction in lubrication and cooling systems.  Students learn how air-cooled and liquid-cooled systems work as well as the major parts of both two-stroke and four-stroke engine lubrication systems and how these systems are serviced.  Types and characteristics of motor oil, coolants, gearbox systems, radiator caps, and thermostats are covered.  Students will also be taught the safe operation of equipment before and after service.  2 credit hours.

 PST  120  Electrical Fundamentals.  This course includes instruction in battery, charging, and ignition systems.  The use of electricity to provide the source of starting and operating power as well as the operation and design of common ignition systems are covered.  Vacuum, centrifugal advance, half-wave and full-wave rectification, alternators, regulators, batteries, and AC charging systems are included.  2 credit hours.

PST  130  Attachments, Accessories, & Implements.  This course includes the fundamentals of attachments, accessories, and implements as well as troubleshooting and installation.  Electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic systems are also covered.  The importance of schematics in electrical circuits as well as interpreting installation procedures and adjustments are emphasized.  2 credit hours.

PST  140  Wheels, Tires, & Brakes.  This course includes instruction in front and rear wheels, tires, and brake systems.  Types of wheels; wheel inspection; repacking wheel bearings; wheel removal, installation, lacing, truing, straightening, balancing, and troubleshooting are covered.  Types of tires, tire removal, flat repair, and tire installation are included.  Students learn the operating principles of mechanical drum and hydraulic disc brake systems and how inspection, troubleshooting, and repairs are performed.  The advantages of anti-lock brake systems (ABS) and linked braking systems (LBS) are explored.  2 credit hours.

PST  150  Two-Stroke & Four-Stroke Gas Engines.  This course includes instruction on two-stroke and four-stroke engines.  Engine parts, installation, initial starting, break-in, inspection, diagnosis, tune-up, general service, reconditioning, and reassembly are covered.  Ignition system, fuel system, and valve train adjustments are included.  2 credit hours.

PST  155  Fuel Delivery Systems.  This course includes instruction in carburetion and electronic fuel injection.  Students will learn the theory and operation of various types of carburetors as well as electronic fuel injection systems.  Carburetors, fuel tanks, manual and electric fuel pumps, sensors, senders, fuel taps, and related tubing are also covered.  2 credit hours.

PST  165  Starting, Ignition, & Charging Systems.  This course teaches the theories of electric starting systems, breaker point, capacitor discharge ignition (CDI), and different types of charging systems.  The students will also service and troubleshoot alternators, batteries, rectifiers, stators, switches, wiring, regulators, relays, starters, solenoids, schematics, and all components associated with the starting, charging, and ignition systems.  Prerequisite:  PST 120.  2 credit hours.

PST  205  Internship.  Students are required to work a minimum of twelve weeks and perform a variety of tasks.  Program objectives, students’ educational objectives, and employer’s on-the-job training capabilities determine internship content and objectives.  A training agreement between the employer, the student and the college is required.  The student will submit a weekly summary of activities (tasks performed).  Prerequisite:  Department Chair approval.  8 credit hours.

PST  210  Powertrain & Drive Systems.  This course includes instruction on powertrains used on light equipment.  Classroom and lab instruction on components and systems is included.  The use of diagnostic equipment and test interpretation are highly emphasized.  Topics include:  powertrain theory and principles, clutches, manual transmissions, drive shafts, differentials, final drives, hydrostatic drives, stern and jet drives, failure analysis, and terminology.  2 credit hours.

PST  220  Electrical Systems & Electronic Controls.  This course includes instruction on the safety precautions and knowledge required to service electrical and electronic systems.  Electrical and electronic theory, system design and operation, the proper use of test equipment, and the procedures used to diagnose and repair electrical and electronic problems are covered.  Prerequisite:  PST 120.  3 credit hours.

PST  225  Diesel Engines.  This course includes instruction on two-stroke and four-stroke diesel engines.  Engine parts, installation, initial starting, break-in, inspection, diagnosis, tune-up, general service, reconditioning, and reassembly are covered.  Fuel system and valve train adjustments are included.  Prerequisite:  PST 150.  2 credit hours.

PST  235  Job Estimating, Troubleshooting, & Diagnostics.  This course includes instruction on diagnosing and troubleshooting problems and estimating the time and cost involved with repairs.  3 credit hours.

PST  245  Hydraulic Systems.  This course teaches the fundamentals of hydraulic circuits as well as how to diagnose and test problem areas.  Pumps, motors, valves, and electrical controls are also covered.  Schematics are used to understand the function of valves, fluid flow, and electrical control circuits.  2 credit hours.

PST  255  Frame & Suspension Systems.  This course includes instruction on frame and suspension system designs and how they affect performance and dependability.  Fundamental inspection, service, repair, and troubleshooting procedures on frames and suspension systems are covered.  2 credit hours.

PST  265  Basic Shop Management.  This course teaches the basic principles and responsibilities of a technician within a dealership or repair center.  Topics covered include repair orders, work orders, customer relations, peer relations, warranty work, and networking with other departments within the dealership or repair center including the parts and sales departments.  3 credit hours.

PST  285  Emerging Industry Technologies.  This course introduces students to emerging changes in the powersports, agricultural, outdoor power, and marine industries including changes to minor and major equipment components.  Examples of topics that may be studied include modifications and innovations to electrical, fuel, braking, power, steering, and climate control systems.  3 credit hours.

PST  290  Advanced Troubleshooting & Diagnostics.  This course teaches students to expertly troubleshoot equipment and solve problems by replacing only defective equipment or components in the least amount of time.  One of the most important factors in troubleshooting and diagnosing is using the correct approach.  A troubleshooter uses a system or an approach that allows them to logically and systematically analyze a problem and determine exactly what is wrong.  This course teaches a new approach that differs from basic troubleshooting procedures.  Critical thinking is used to analyze and determine what component or components are responsible for the faulty operation of a unit.  This approach is general in nature allowing it to be used on any type of problem.  3 credit hours.

PST  299  Special Topics in Powersports Technology.  Special Topics in Powersports Technology (PST) may include instruction on topics not covered in other PST courses.  Topics covered in other PST courses may also be covered in more depth in this special topics course.  Projects may be undertaken in any area related to the major program with credit hours determined by the level and amount of involvement.  The minimum involvement required for one credit is 30 contact hours.  The specific topic(s), objectives, plan of instruction, and evaluation criteria must be documented in the syllabus; approved by the Department/Division Chair; and filed in the Academic Records Office.  Students may complete more than one Special Topics course, provided that the credits earned in this manner do not exceed a total of four (4) credits.  1-4 credit hours.

CTG 105  Missouri Pesticide Application.  A course designed to guide students in pursuit of the Missouri Category 3 Pesticide Applicator’s License.  This license is only available through the Missouri Department of Agriculture.  1 credit hour.

 CTG 107  Turfgrass Management I.  A course designed to introduce students to turfgrasses common to Missouri and the transition zone.  Emphasis will be placed upon turfgrass structures as a means of identification as well as turfgrass characteristics and their usage.  3 credit hours.

CTG 109   Equipment Operations and Maintenance.  A course emphasizing principles of machinery operation and maintenance common in the turf and grounds industry.  Emphasis will be placed upon proper adjustment, calibration, repair and safety.  3 credit hours.

CTG 117  Commercial Site Contracting.  An applied mathematics course designed to teach skills utilized on a daily basis by professional turf and grounds technicians.  Emphasis will be placed upon business math, bidding, and related fundamental math skills.  3 credit hours.

CTG 201  Weeds and Diseases.  A course designed to introduce students to common weeds and diseases of ornamentals and turfgrasses.  Identification and control are emphasized.  3 credit hours.

 CTG 204  Insects and Pests.  Emphasis on identification of insects and other pests on ornamentals and turfgrasses.  Control of insects will be discussed using Integrated Pest Management and pesticides.  3 credit hours.

CTG 206  Irrigation and Drainage.  A course designed to introduce students to landscape and golf course irrigation systems, their design and installation as well as drainage.  Special emphasis will be placed upon irrigation hydraulics and irrigation efficiency.  3 credit hours.

CTG 207  Turfgrass Management II.  Designed to provide advanced establishment skills in the maintenance of turf areas pertaining to golf courses, athletic fields, parks, and sod producers.  Includes golf course design, athletic field maintenance, fertilization, and mowing.  Provides information for turf and grounds professionals in the maintenance and improvement of turfgrass playing areas.  Methods of improving management practices, interpersonal skills, as well as leadership skills will be stressed.  Prerequisite:  CTG 107 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

CTG 225  Reel and Rotary Technology.  This course includes instruction on the safety precautions and knowledge required for students to properly sharpen and maintain rotary and reel mowing equipment. Emphasis will be placed on sharpening, maintenance, adjustment, and setting proper height of cut. 2 credit hours.