This program prepares individuals to maintain and repair specialized farm, ranch, and agribusiness power equipment and vehicles. It includes instruction in the principles of diesel, combustion, electrical, steam, hydraulic, and mechanical systems and their application to the maintenance of terrestrial and airborne crop-spraying equipment; tractors and hauling equipment; planting and harvesting equipment; cutting equipment; power sources and systems for silos; irrigation and pumping equipment; dairy, feeding, and shearing operations; and processing systems.
Students receive instruction in engines, hydraulics, electrical, electronic, and powertrain systems among other topics. Coursework may include transportation systems theory, braking systems, climate control, design parameters, drivetrains, electrical/electronic systems, engine repair, engine performance, environmental regulations, materials, product finish, safety, steering/suspension, transmission/transaxles, and sustainable transportation, depending on the major area chosen.
Graduates should be prepared to take professional exams, which correspond to certain programs of study, and to enter careers as entry-level technicians in the transportation industry.
Work-based learning (formerly Co-op) opportunities are available.