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Agricultural Equipment Technician

Certificate

Program Overview

Agricultural Equipment Technicians diagnose, repair, modify, overhaul, service and maintain some of today’s most technologically advanced machines—tractors, combines, cultivators, seeders, sprayers. If you like working with ag equipment and troubleshooting mechanical problems, it’s a great career choice.

You’ll find your skills are in demand at leading equipment dealerships. You might work as a technician in a fully-equipped service centre or travel to farms and rural areas on service calls. You can also transfer your skills to other industries, such as mining and construction.

Agricultural Equipment Technician is a one-year certificate program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus . Get hands-on training in:

  • air conditioning, heating and electrical
  • engines, fuel systems, hydraulics, power trains
  • gas and arc welding
  • harvest, hay and forage equipment
  • onboard computer and global positioning systems (GPS)
  • seeding, tillage, sprayers and applicators
  • shop procedures and safety
  • tractor set-up and pre-delivery

This is Hands-On Learning

You'll spend most of your "classroom" time in the shop with Saskatchewan Polytechnic's highly trained instructors, learning how to assemble, service, repair, modify and overhaul a wide range of equipment. You'll round out your program with a two-week work experience in an agricultural dealership. It's a great opportunity to introduce yourself to a potential employer, while building your practical knowledge and skills.

Apprenticeship Credit

With this Saskatchewan Polytechnic credential, you may be eligible for credit towards apprenticeship training. To learn more, contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

Close Ties to Industry

Your program is designed with input from the provincial and national agricultural equipment industry. The industry also supports students by providing new, technologically advanced equipment while local dealerships supply used equipment for hands-on training. This means your knowledge and skills are up-to-date with real world needs.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Agricultural Equipment Technicians are in demand at equipment dealerships. There are also opportunities with large farming operations, custom combine companies and in short-line agricultural equipment vendors. Your skills are also transferable to other industries, including mining-manufacturing and construction.

For more information, contact Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Agricultural Equipment TechnicianHeavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics (7312)$35,400 - $91,600

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): August

Length: 35 weeks

Locations

  • Saskatoon

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 60 Arithmetic
  • 65 Reading
  • 55 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$10,200

International Students

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Courses

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Name/Description
Credits
 
AIR 183
Air Conditioning and Heating
2
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You will focus on the theory and operation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and the components they use. You will diagnose and repair the HVAC systems and their controls, and retrofit R12 systems to the current R134a systems.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 28.0
Equivalent Course(s): AIR 150
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
COMM 185
Industrial Communications
1
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You will develop employability skills in both oral and written communications, including writing for the workplace, preparing job search documents and developing effective interpersonal communication skills.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 16.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127, COMM 186, COMM 187, COMM 188
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
ELEC 296
Electrical 1: Basics
4
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You will focus on basic electrical theory (including electron theory, Ohm's Law, Watt's Law and the laws of series and parallel circuits). The course content includes battery operation and servicing, using a digital multimeter to analyze circuits operation and simple diagnostics.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 56.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
ELEC 298
Electrical 2: Systems
4
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You will focus on the operation and repair of electrical systems found on agricultural equipment (including charging and starting systems).
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 56.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
ELEC 299
Electrical 3: Advanced
2
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You will focus on testing, diagnosing and repairing electrical circuits on agricultural equipment.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 28.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
ENGN 191
Engines 1: Basics
4
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You will study the basic physical principles of the operation and construction of two-stroke and four-stroke engines. The course content includes cooling systems, cooling system components, coolants and additives, crankcase lubricants, filter systems, oil analysis methods of cleaning and safety of cleaning.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 56.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
ENGN 192
Engines 2: Fuel Systems
4
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You will be introduced to diesel fuel supply systems and how they allow combustion to occur. You will inspect air induction systems, test engine compression, study high and low-pressure fuel injection systems and inspect and repair diesel fuel injectors.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 56.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
ENGN 199
Engines 3: Advanced
6
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You will focus on the construction and operation of the valve train and cylinder head components. The course content includes cylinder head overhaul, valve timing, valve adjustment, inspection of the camshaft and its bearings the design, construction, operation and service methods of crankshafts, connecting rods and piston assemblies, cylinder liners, engine bearings, engine blocks and related engine accessories. You will also gain knowledge of onboard computer systems used in the Agricultural machinery trade. You will use these computer systems to monitor machine operation and perform diagnostic tests.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 83.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EQPT 194
Seeding and Tillage Equipment
4
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You will learn how to set up, pre-deliver and service air/seed carts and seeding tools. You will also learn the principles and procedures for operating tillage and seeding equipment. You will be introduced to global positioning systems technology as it applies to variable rate seeding technology. You will also receive an introduction to the safe handling and hazards of anhydrous ammonia.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 56.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EQPT 196
Harvesting Equipment
4
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You will learn how to set up, pre-deliver and service combines and combine attachments. You will study rotary and conventional combines and global positioning technology as it applies to harvesting.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 56.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EQPT 197
Hay and Forage Equipment
4
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You will study the principles of the operation, service and repair of hay and forage equipment. You will learn and demonstrate how to inspect, adjust, service and repair forage and haying equipment.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 56.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EQPT 198
Sprayers and Applicators
2
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You will focus on the set-up and pre-delivery of self-propelled and pull-type field sprayers. The course content includes the theory of operation, service, repair and calibration of spray systems and components.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 28.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EQPT 199
Pre-Delivery and Performance
2
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You will learn how to set-up and pre-deliver tractors. You will focus on tractor appearance, installing accessories, tractor ballasting and tractor and engine performance.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 28.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
HYDR 188
Hydraulics
6
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You will focus on the basic principles of hydraulics and gain an understanding of component construction and operation. You will learn how each component contributes to the operation of the entire system and develop practical skills to repair these components.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 83.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MATH 187
Mathematics
2
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You will develop the background knowledge in basic mathematics, while focusing on applications within the mechanical trades.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 32.0
Equivalent Course(s): MATH 119
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
SHOP 187
Shop Procedures and Safety
6
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You will explore the basic occupational skills, work practices and procedures required in the agricultural machinery industry.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 84.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
TRNM 190
Power Trains 1
2
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You will learn the basic mechanical devices and concepts that are used throughout the agricultural machinery industry.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 28.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
TRNM 191
Power Trains 2
2
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You will learn how to maintain and repair friction clutches used on modern agricultural tractors. Your focus will be on tractor separation, replacement and repair, and the adjustment of tractor clutches.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 28.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
TRNM 192
Power Trains 3
4
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You will learn about the gear reduction and braking systems used on modern agricultural equipment. You will focus on non-powered hydraulic brakes, hypoid gear boxes, axles and final drives.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 56.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
WELD 283
Gas Welding (OFC, TB)
2
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You will focus on safety procedures, equipment set up, and correct operating procedures of oxy-fuel cutting, torch brazing and plasma arc cutting. You will gain experience through cutting various types and thicknesses of metal and complete various beads while torch brazing.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 28.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
WELD 287
ARC Welding (SMAW)
2
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You will focus on safety procedures, equipment set up, and correct operating procedures of shielded metal arc welding (SMAW). You will gain experience through welding various thicknesses of metal in multiple positions.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 28.0
Potential Learning Method(s): *Independent - Structured Time, Independent Study, Lab/Practical, Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Individual, Work Based Delivery
WORK 191
Dealership Work Experience
0
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Two weeks of dealership work experience will allow you to apply the technical skills and knowledge you acquired during the program. You will have the opportunity to select a dealership where you would like to perform your work experience.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 80.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Work Experience - Group

Note: During your two-week work experience, you will experience how an agricultural dealership operates and will be able to start to apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired.

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.


Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. Learn more about Transfer Credit.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Part-Time Delivery

Some courses in this program might also be offered through part-time programming.

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