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John Deere Tech Program Curriculum

The John Deere Tech sequence is a two-year degree option under the Power and Machinery A.A.S. program. The degree program is completed in 21 months. Four semesters are spent at SUNY Cobleskill and a minimum of 20 weeks is spent in the John Deere sponsoring dealership as a paid internship. Students will be involved in this work experience during semester and summer breaks. 

To fulfill requirements for the A.A.S. degree, students must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of academic work with a GPA of 2.00 or above. These credits include 34 credits of major field requirements, 6 on advisement track and 20 credits in prescribed areas of liberal arts and sciences.

Suggested Course Sequence



Class Credits
AGEN 111 Intro to Computing in Ag Engineering Technology 2
AGEN 116 John Deere Work Experience Orientation 1
AGEN 151 Basic Welding 2
AGEN 166 Agricultural Mechanics 2
AGEN 170 Basic Hydraulics 3
ENGL 101 Composition 3
Additional Liberal Arts & Science 3



Class Credits
AGEN 117 Industry Work Experience 1
AGEN 132 Fundamentals ;of Diesel Engine Technology 3
AGEN 245 Air Conditioning 2
PHYS 101 Principles of Physics I 3
ENGL 102 or higher 3
Physical Education 1
Additional Liberal Arts & Science 3



Class Credits
AGEN 118 Industry Work Experience 1
AGEN 231 Equipment Electrical and Electronic Systems Troubleshooting 3
AGEN 241 Agricultural Machinery 4
AGEN 285 Equipment Retailing Management 3
AGEN 292 Fuel Systems 3



Class Credits
AGEN 119 Industry Work Experience 1
AGEN 232 Power Trains Theory, Diagnostics, and Repair 4
AGEN 273 Agricultural Hydraulics Troubleshooting 3
Additional Science/Math 3
Additional Liberal Arts and Science 3


Course Descriptions


AGEN 111 Introduction to Computing in Agricultural Engineering (C)
This course is designed to introduce students to computer applications in the agricultural equipment industry. Students will use various software  pplications to construct computeraided design drawings, gather information through electronic parts catalogs and electronic service manuals, and diagnose/test equipment systems using desktop and laptop computers and mobile processors. Students will also use other computer applications to construct reports, organize data, perform calculations, and make presentations that are part of many various equipment-related careers.
1 class hr. 1 two-hr. lab. 2 credits-fall


AGEN 116 Industry (John Deere) Work Experience Orientation
This course is designed to prepare students and guide them through their work experiences. It will consist of orienting the student to the work environment, tasks, and forms and records to be completed during the work experience. Prerequisite: John Deere Tech or Power Machinery Technology majors only.
1 class hr. 1 credit-fall


AGEN 117 Industry (John Deere) Work Experience
This work experience course consists of the actual work experience at the dealership that sponsors the student. A minimum of 44 hours of approved experience is required. Prerequisite: AGEN 116
1 credit-spring


AGEN 118 Industry (John Deere) Work Experience
A second block of actual on-site work experience at the sponsoring dealership. A minimum of 44 hours of approved experience is required. Prerequisites: AGEN 116, AGEN 117
1 credit-fall


AGEN 119 Industry (John Deere) Work Experience
The third block of on-site work experience at the dealership sponsoring the student. This completes the college requirement of on-site experience and counts toward the total of 20 weeks required by the dealership. A minimum of 44 hours of approved experience is required. Prerequisites: AGEN 116,
AGEN 117, AGEN 118
1 credit-spring


AGEN 132 Fundamentals of Diesel Engine Technology (C)
A study of the design, operation, and components of a modern diesel-powered internal combustion engine. Working with both engine components and running engines, students will develop an understanding of the operation, assembly, troubleshooting, and rebuilding skills required of service technicians. Emphasis will be placed on testing, troubleshooting, horsepower output, and emission standards. Extensive use of technical information in written and electronic format will be incorporated in all
aspects of the course.
2 class hrs. 1 three-hr. lab. 3 credits-spring


AGEN 151 Basic Welding (C)
A study of metal fastening by welding methods. Oxyacetylene and electric welding procedures and their effects on metal properties will be discussed. Laboratory provides experience in the use of arc and oxyacetylene welding and oxyacetylene cutting.
1 class hr. 1 two-hr. lab. 2 credits-fall, spring


AGEN 166 Agricultural Mechanics (C)
A course designed to study the selection, use and maintenance of tools and equipment found in the repair shop. Students will gain experience in using industry accepted procedures and materials.
1 class hr. 1 two-hr. lab. 2 credits-fall


AGEN 170 Basic Hydraulics (C)
An introduction to the fundamental principles of hydraulics, fluid power components and their design, application, operation, and maintenance. This course includes a study of terminology, industrial standards, symbols, and basic circuitry design as related to fluid power. Application of hydraulics to both agricultural and light industrial equipment is emphasized.
2 class hrs. 1 two-hr. lab. 3 credits-fall


AGEN 231 Electrical and Electronic System Diagnostics (C)
Students will gain an in-depth understanding of current electrical and electronic systems found on modern tractors and machinery, through the use of agricultural equipment, trainer circuits, and available testing equipment, the technician's DC circuit diagnostic skills will be honed. Equipment system troubleshooting and repair will be emphasized. It
is understood that the students have a basic understanding of electrical components, test equipment, and schematic diagrams. Prerequisite: PHYS 101. 2 class hrs.
1 three hr. lab. 3 credits-spring


AGEN 232 Power Train Theory, Diagnostics and Repair
A study of power transmission, clutch through final drive, utilized in agricultural construction, forestry, lawn and garden equipment. Students will develop knowledge of the design and operation of various types of clutches, mechanical and power shift transmissions, differentials and final drives.
Hands-on learning will be applied to diagnostic methods used for troubleshooting as well as proper repair and overhaul procedures. Prerequisite: AGEN 132 or permission of the instructor.
2 class hrs. 1 four-hr. lab. 4 credits-spring


AGEN 241 Agricultural Machinery (C)
A study of the principles, design and operation of tillage, planting and harvesting machinery. Actual experience in adjustment, maintenance, set-up, servicing and operation of machinery, utilizing manufacturers' technical manuals as a major resource for information.
2 class hrs. 1 four-hr. lab. 4 credits-fall


AGEN 245 Air Conditioning (C)
The course covers the principles of refrigeration and mobile air conditioning applications in agriculture. Environmental and governmental regulations concerning handling and recovery of refrigerant as well as troubleshooting electrical controls and sensors are included as they impact the systems covered. Primary focus is on mobile units such as air conditioned cabs in combines, tractors and other related applications.
1 class hr. 1 two-hr. lab. 2 credits-spring


AGEN 273 Hydraulic Troubleshooting (C)
The principles of hydraulics and their applications to agricultural tractors and machinery. A study of the components and hydraulic circuits dealing with the hydraulic lift systems, power steering, power brakes, and external cylinder operation. Inspecting, testing, and servicing of hydraulic components and systems will be included. Prerequisite: AGEN 170.
1 class hr. 1 four-hr. lab. 3 credits-spring


AGEN 285 Equipment Retailing Management (C)
A course dealing with requirements of the retail agricultural equipment business for farm equipment, industrial equipment, or farmstead mechanization, physical facilities, organization, supervision and managerial aspects of the equipment business including parts, service and sales departments. Students incorporate the above by planning in detail for an equipment business.
3 class hrs. 3 credits-fall, spring


AGEN 292 Fuel Systems II (C)
Students will study the design and construction of nozzles, injectors, and fuel pumps used in agricultural and construction equipment. Emphasis will be placed on the design, testing, cleaning, and repair and adjustment of the different styles of nozzles and pumps available. Troubleshooting and malfunction diagnosis is included. Prerequisite: AGEN 192.
2 class hrs. 1 three-hr. lab. 3 credits-spring


PHYS 101 Principles of Physics I (C)
Students will learn the principles of the science and behavior of magnetism, electricity, electronics and heat energy. Activities will include applications in current technology to develop skills for explaining, testing, and diagnosing various electrical/electronic devices and circuits. Use of digital and analog testing instruments will be stressed.
2 class hrs. 1 two-hr. lab. 3 credits-fall