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Agriculture Equipment Technician Test-Out Options

Earn credit for what you already know by testing out of a class, or by providing national exam scores or industry credentials. If you have any questions, or would like to start the process, please contact Wendi Ludwig at 715.803.1023 or studentrecords@ntc.edu.

AGRICULTURE TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION (31070104)

Credits: 2.00

Introduces learners to computers and software used in the agriculture equipment repair field. Learners examine basic components of a computer system and various software packages that support the technician in the field. Learners will demonstrate how to navigate through computer systems. Additionally, learners will have the opportunity to operate equipment using GPS technology.

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AIR CONDITIONING (31070107)

Credits: 3.00

Explores climate control systems used in the agriculture equipment industry. A combination of lecture and lab will provide learners with a background in the areas of operation, leak detection and service.

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CUSTOMER SERVICE PRINCIPLES (31070112)

Credits: 1.00

Introduces learners to professional expectations as they interact effectively building relationships with external or internal customers. In this course, learners will be exposed to the tools and techniques to ensure you build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with your customers.

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DIESEL ENGINE THEORY (31070113)

Credits: 1.00

Introduces the principles of diesel engine theory. Areas of focus include the design and operating principles of the engine, cooling, fuel, intake, exhaust systems and lubrication systems. Learners identify governmental emissions regulations and solutions used by agriculture equipment industry to meet environmental challenges.

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ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS 1 (31070105)

Credits: 4.00

Applies the laws of electricity as they relate to the operation of the charging, starting, accessory and lighting systems in equipment. Learners conduct diagnostic testing and troubleshooting as it relates to electronic systems. Learners read and utilize wiring schematics from technical publications.

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ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS 2 (31070108)

Credits: 3.00

Expands on learner’s ability to demonstrate an understanding of electronic systems. Applies electronic principles in diagnosing, installing and repairing electrical systems and components. Learners examine Global Positioning Systems operation, and advanced testing benefits and diagnostics. The learners will also learn how to read and utilize wiring schematics from technical publications.

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EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE (31070103)

Credits: 2.00

Applies preventative maintenance recommendations from manufacturers to complete maintenance on various pieces of equipment. Learners will also learn how to conduct equipment inspections for needed repairs or safety concerns, as well as various chemical, fluid and sealant applications.

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FLUID POWER SYSTEMS 1 (31070102)

Credits: 3.00

Exploring hydraulic power systems including pressure, flow, force, torque and horsepower. Fundamental circuits are connected and tested on hydraulic trainers. Major components are identified, connected and analyzed. Pneumatic power transmission including compressed air production and preparation, valves, actuators and air consumption will also be looked at.

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FLUID POWER SYSTEMS 2 (31070109)

Credits: 3.00

Expands learner’s ability to demonstrate and understanding of fluid power systems including pressure, flow, force, torque and horsepower. Fundamental circuits are connected and tested on hydraulic trainers. Major components are identified, connected and analyzed. Pneumatic power transmission including compressed air production and preparation, valves, actuators and air consumption will also be looked at.

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IMPLEMENTS 1 (31070106)

Credits: 3.00

Explores theory of operation, adjustment and service of various pieces of equipment. Additionally, learners will operate, repair and set up. Specific equipment will be dependent upon units that are available during the class, such as tillage, planting, harvesting or other farm related implement.

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IMPLEMENTS 2 (31070110)

Credits: 3.00

Expands learner’s ability to demonstrate the operation, adjustment and service of various pieces of equipment. This course incorporates equipment repair and set up on a wide variety of equipment including self-propelled. Specific equipment will be dependent upon units that are available during the class, such as tillage, planting, harvesting or other farm related implement.

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INTRODUCTION TO WELDING (10442101)

Credits: 2.00

Compares equipment and techniques used in the major arc welding and thermal cutting processes. Learners perform introductory level welds in the SMAW, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW processes. Learners also perform material preparation skills including shearing, grinding and thermal cutting.

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Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • Youth Apprenticeship Certificate

POWER TRAIN THEORY (31070114)

Credits: 1.00

Introduces the principles of power train theory. Areas of focus include an overview of clutches, power shift, continuous variable transmission, sliding gear and hydrostatic drives. Expands learner’s knowledge on the design, operation, adjustments and maintenance of power trains.

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SAFE EQUIPMENT OPERATION (31070101)

Credits: 2.00

Introduces learners to the work environment of an agriculture equipment technician. Safety and the use of basic hand and power tools will help the learners work safely and efficiently. Additionally, learners will cover various types of equipment safe operation both in a shop and farm environment.

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SKID LOADER/COMPACT EQUIPMENT (31070111)

Credits: 2.00

Explores foundational knowledge in diagnoses and repair of skid loaders and other smaller equipment. Applies the principles of equipment repair, diagnostics and operation utilized in the compact equipment market. Further, learners identify equipment size, capacity and functionality.

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Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test
An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.
Skill Demonstration
A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.
Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration
A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.
Portfolio
A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.