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 standards applicable 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 learn about some of the resources available to professionals in the agriculture industry.


  • Understand the field of agriculture power, structure and technology and the role that agriculture, food, and natural resources (AFNR) play in society and world economy.
  • Understand the interaction among ANFR systems in the production, processing, and management of food, fiber, and fuel, along with sustainable use and stewardship of natural resources.
  • Describe career opportunities and the means to achieve those positions.
  • Analyze how issues, trends, technologies, and public policies impact systems in the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Career Cluster.
  • Summarize the importance of health, safety, and environmental management systems in AFNR organizations.

For topics in this course it is helpful for students to be familiar with general concepts of the world of agriculture, as well as the fundamentals of conducting research on websites. Students should be able to evaluate sources on the Web for validity. For some topics, students should be able to research the local community to locate specific businesses involved in mechanical repair.

If students are not acquainted with these topics, it is recommended that they familiarize themselves with methods of Web research, including evaluation of websites.

State: National, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources
Course Length: Semester