Power, Structural, and Technical Systems
Power, Structural, and Technical Systems provides students with an understanding of the field of agriculture power and will introduce them to concepts associated with producing the food and fiber required to meet today’s and tomorrow’s needs. This understanding gives students the opportunity to explore agriculture machinery, as well as structures and technological concepts.
Students will understand the historical changes in agriculture and how agriculture has changed to meet the needs of the future world population. Students will be introduced to machinery, structures, biotechnology, and ethical and professional standardsapplicable to agriculture power.
Students will understand the technological innovations that have contributed to changing the face of agriculture. Computers and other technological tools have given farmers the ability to utilize precision agriculture. Students will gain an understanding of the professional career opportunities and responsibilities of growers across the country. Additionally, students can learnabout some of the resources available to professionals in the agriculture industry.
- Unit 1: Introduction to Agriculture Power, Structural, and Technical Systems: In this unit, students learn about equipment and skills necessary in agriculture, as well as safety practices used with agriculture power equipment.
- Unit 2: Operation and Maintenance of Equipment and Power Systems: In this unit, students learn about equipment operation and maintenance of power equipment used in agriculture.
- Unit 3: Sources of Power and Engines and Equipment Efficiency and Powertrain: In this unit, students learn about engine-powered tools and how they perform work.
- Unit 4: Designing, Constructing, and Maintaining Structural Systems: In this unit, students learn about the structures used on farms and for growing crops.
- Unit 5: Impact and Use of Technologies in Power and Structural Systems: In this unit, students learn about the technology used on modern farms including global positioning systems, smartphones, and use of open data sources to assist farmers in making decisions for production.