Agricultural Mechanics and Technology Systems presents focused, technically accurate coverage of all major skilled trade disciplines in agricultural contexts, including construction, electricity, welding, and power systems. In addition, the text provides a wealth of information and resources on careers in agricultural mechanics and promotes a deep understanding of supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs) and career development events (CDEs). Agricultural Mechanics and Technology Systems has been designed to support the Power, Structural, and Technical Systems Career Pathway within the National AFNR Career Cluster Content Standards and has been correlated with selected state standards.
The chapter Trends and Emerging Technologies introduces students to the many high-tech applications of agriculture and agricultural mechanics, including geographic information systems (GIS), telematics, sustainable energy sources, precision agriculture, wireless sensor networks, and the use of drones.
A chapter on safety and extensive "Safety Notes" cultivate a safety-first mindset and drive home the point that safe work habits are needed in every domain of agricultural mechanics and technology.
Reading and writing skills are developed by the careful definition and use of technical terms, by "Before You Read" guidance provided at the start of every chapter, and by "Communicating about Ag Mechanics" exercises at the end of every chapter.
"Hands-on Agriculture" and "STEM and Academic Activities" provide engaging, inquiry-based learning activities for students and provide a bridge between theory and practice.
To highlight safe, correct, and current practices, high-quality photographs and line art accompany text descriptions on nearly every page of the text.
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Agriculture and Agricultural Mechanics 2. Careers and Employability Skills 3. Experiential Learning through Agricultural Mechanics 4. Trends and Emerging Technologies 5. Safety and Developing Safe Work Habits 6. Measuring and Marking Tools 7. Hand Tools 8. Power Tools 9. Materials, Fasteners, and Hardware 10. Project Planning and Design 11. Fundamentals of Woodworking 12. Designing, Planning, and Constructing Woodworking Projects 13. Surveying 14. Concrete Foundations and Flatwork 15. Masonry 16. Framing Structures 17. Finishing Structures 18. Specialized Agricultural Structures 19. Fencing and Livestock Structures 20. Electric Theory 21. Wiring AC Circuits 22. Wiring DC Circuits 23. Electric Motors and Controls 24. Plumbing Design and Installation 25. Farm and Landscape Irrigation 26. Environmental Controls 27. Fundamentals of Metalworking 28. Oxyfuel Welding, Cutting, and Brazing 29. Shielded Metal Arc Welding 30. Gas Metal and Flux Cored Arc Welding 31. Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 32. Plasma Cutting 33. Internal Combustion Engines 34. Small Engine Performance, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting 35. Drive Trains and Power Systems 36. Machinery Maintenance and Management 37. Hydraulic and Pneumatic Power
J.P. Hancock - is an Assistant Lecturer in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A & M University. Prior to joining Texas A & M, Mr. Hancock taught high school agriculture science for nearly 30 years. Mr. Hancock holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas A & M University.
Don W. Edgar Ph.D. - is an Associate Professor of teacher education at University of Arkansas, where he teaches methods of teaching in agricultural education, methods of laboratory instructions, social data analysis, small gas engines and turf machines. Dr. Edgar also supervises student teachers in field placement.
Michael L. Pate Ph.D. - is Assistant Professor of Agricultural Systems Technology at Utah State University, where he coordinates the agricultural systems technology undergraduate program. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, Dr. Pate taught at the high school level for three years.
Lori A. Dyer - taught in agriculture career technology programs for 30 years. For Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education (CASE), Ms. Dyer is certified in several areas and helped to develop the CASE Ag Power and Technology curriculum. She holds a B.S. degree from Ohio State University and a Masters of Instruction degree from the University of Delaware.
W. Brian Hoover Ph.D. - is an Associate Professor at Murray State University in Murray, KY, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in the agricultural systems technology program.