Agriculture Equipment Operations & Maintenance Certificate
Certificate | SC Program: CL.3425
- Complete certificate in 2 semesters/1 year
- Hands-on experience with Excavators, Dozers, Loaders, Backhoes, Road Grader, and more
- Study Surveying, Career Planning, Construction Skills, and TOPCONS Training
- Pursue optional Class A & B License Training Course
- Can count towards Associate's Degree in Industrial Technologies & Heavy Equipment Logging Certificate
Agriculture: Equipment Operations & Maintenance Certificate
This curriculum is designed to provide employable skills essential to several occupations and emphasizes the "learning-by-doing" method of instruction on modern up-to-date equipment.
This certificate is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon satisfactory completion of the listed requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this certificate.
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Fall Semester, First Year13 Units Total
This class covers basic skill-level operation and maintenance of on- and off-road heavy equipment including agriculture and earth moving. Students will not be allowed to operate road equipment without license and driving record. Operational equipment used may include any of the following: dump truck, grader, backhoe, dozer, farm tractor, loader, excavator, forklift, scraper, and chainsaws. The lecture portion of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
This course teaches basic surveying techniques and concepts with emphasis on application for heavy equipment operators. It involves basic problem solving, grade setting and checking, leveling, distance measurement, cut-fill ratio, and basic mapping. The course has a heavy emphasis on field work using various equipment and instruments including levels, compasses tapes, as well as various state-of-the-art electronic surveying devices. This course will prepare students for work on a heavy equipment construction crew. The lecture portion of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
Spring Semester, First Year11.5 Units Total
This class teaches intermediate skill-level operation and maintenance of off-road and on-road heavy equipment. It also covers common project construction techniques utilizing heavy equipment with an emphasis on moving soil to grade using cut and fill calculations. This class will also introduce the student to the Topcon 3D-MC2 GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System). The lecture portion of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
The practical application of skills needed to be successful in equipment operation as it applies to excavations. Includes farm and industrial equipment such as wheel and crawler tractors, backhoes and excavators. Service and adjustment will also be a part of this course.
Note: Previous construction experience will be helpful. Student must be enrolled in the college's random drug testing program.
This is an advanced level course designed to give the participants practical skills and knowledge in the latest technology and applications related to surveying for construction, grade setting and Global Satellite Control Systems (GNSS). The course will emphasize skills development, with hands on exercises using GNSS technology. The lecture portion of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
Please see a counselor to discuss options for meeting general education requirements for transfer to California State Universities (CSU) and/or University of California (UC) campuses, as well as any specific additional courses that may be required by your chosen institution of transfer.
*Alternative Courses: Please see a Shasta College counselor for alternative course options. You can also view the following to find other courses to meet degree/certificate requirements:
- California State Universities – General Education
- IGETC – Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum
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