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)$41,600 - $93,600

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©

  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 243 Reading
  • 236 Writing

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 approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

 

2019/20 Academic Year

$10,490

International Students

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Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
AIR 183
Air Conditioning and Heating
2
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You will focus on the theory of operation of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and their components. You will diagnose and repair the HVAC systems and associated controls. You will be certified in the Canada’s Ozone Layer Protection Awareness program for air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): AIR 150
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
ELEC 296
Electrical 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. You will use multi-meters to explore electrical circuit operation to perform basic diagnostics.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
ELEC 298
Electrical Starting and Charging Systems
3
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You will focus on the fundamentals of electrical starting and charging systems found on agricultural equipment. You will learn the principles of electrical charging and starting systems. You will explore each of these system components and perform diagnosis on each independent system.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
ELEC 299
Electrical System Diagnostics
2
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You will focus on the diagnosis and testing of electrical systems on agricultural equipment. You will interpret schematic system diagrams to diagnose and repair electrical circuits and systems.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
ENGN 128
Engine Overhaul and Assessment
3
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Your studies will focus on the construction and operation of the engine’s internal and external components. You will inspect an operational engine and disassemble the engine in order to assess the internal components for wear and to determine serviceability. You will utilize the appropriate service manuals and specialized tools to support the manufacturer’s inspection and repair process. You will inspect crankshafts, connecting rods and piston assemblies, cylinder liners, engine bearings, engine blocks and related engine accessories.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
ENGN 129
Engine Overhaul and Assembly
3
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Your studies will focus on the assembly of the internal and external engine components. You will assemble the engine sub-assemblies and complete the engine assembly process. You will utilize the appropriate service manuals and specialized tools to support the manufacturer’s inspection and assembly process. You will develop a plan to verify the assembly steps while ensuring quality control. You will perform a post- assembly inspection of the engine prior to ignition and perform operational system checks.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
ENGN 191
Engines Basics
4
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You will study the basic physical principles of operation and construction of two-stroke and four-stroke engines. The course content includes cooling systems, components, and coolants. You will also study additives, lubricants, filter systems, oil analysis and safely cleaning components.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
ENGN 192
Engines Fuel Systems
4
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You will be introduced to diesel fuel supply systems and how combustion occurs. 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: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EQPT 194
Seeding and Tillage Equipment
2
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You will learn the theory of operation for seeding and tillage equipment and satellite-based Global Positioning Systems (GPS) as it applies to guidance, variable rate and section control seeding technology. You will explore the pre-delivery inspection process and service precision seeding equipment. You will develop troubleshooting skills by applying the operational theory of precision seeding equipment to practical applications. You will learn how to work safely when exposed to anhydrous ammonia applicators.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EQPT 196
Harvesting Equipment
4
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You will learn the theory of operation for harvesting equipment and related attachments. You will explore the operation of satellite-based Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and how it applies to harvesting equipment. You will explore the practical applications of a combine inspection, assessment, servicing and adjusting harvesting equipment and components.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EQPT 197
Hay and Forage Equipment
4
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You will study the operating principles and service and repair processes of hay and forage equipment. You will explore how to perform a complete machine inspection and develop a repair plan. You will learn how to adjust, service and repair forage and haying equipment.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
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: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EQPT 199
Pre-Delivery and Performance
2
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You will learn the process of the pre-delivery setup and inspection of tractors. You will focus on setting the machine to manufacturer’s specifications, tractor appearance, installing accessories, tractor ballasting, and tractor and engine performance.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
HYDR 124
Introduction to Hydraulic Pumps and Valves
3
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Your studies will focus on the basic principles of hydraulics, and you will gain an understanding of component construction and operation. You will examine the construction of hydraulic hoses, pumps and actuators. You will perform service procedures on an operational hydraulic system. You will learn how each component contributes to the operation of the basic hydraulic system.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
HYDR 125
Introduction to Hydraulic Flow Controls
3
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Your studies will focus on the principles of hydraulic flow and the methods used to direct the flow and control the volume. You will examine hydraulic cylinders and motors. You will interpret hydraulic schematic symbols to develop basic problem-solving skills. You will analyze the various methods used in flow control. You will explore the construction and operation of fixed and variable flow controls.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): HYDR 188
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
JOBS 125
Essential Job Skills
1
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You will develop essential job skills by preparing job search documents and practicing effective interpersonal communication skills for the workplace.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 106, COMM 127, TCOM 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
MATH 169
Trade Mathematics
2
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You will learn mathematical concepts commonly used in your trade. After reviewing basic arithmetic and basic equations, you will solve various algebra problems as applied to your trade. You will perform Imperial and Metric conversions, and calculate the perimeter, area and volume of many common shapes, as well as use Pythagorean theorem.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): MATH 169CE, MATH 187
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
SHOP 124
Hand Tools and Shop Safety
3
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You will develop skills that will help you choose the correct tools for the job at hand. You will develop a work place safety plan and identify hazards in the shop area. You will learn about fasteners and threading procedures, and develop skills in using precision measuring tools as well as basic hand fabrication.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
SHOP 125
Machine Safety and Operation
3
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You will learn about machine safety procedures when working around and operating agricultural equipment. You will learn to move tractors, towed equipment, windrowers and combines safely in a shop setting. You will become certified in the operation of forklifts and skid steer loaders.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
TRNM 190
Primary Driveline Components, Belts and Chains
2
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You will learn about basic driveline components and the importance of proper alignment and design. You will perform belt and chain adjustments, explore various bearing types and perform driveline inspections. You will explore agricultural equipment steering axle geometry.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
TRNM 191
Clutch Drive Systems
2
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You will learn about various clutch drive systems used in the agricultural equipment industry. You will describe various types of clutch systems and applications for clutch components. You will safely separate a tractor engine from the transmission and inspect the clutch drive system.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
TRNM 192
Differentials and Final Drives
4
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You will learn about the principles of gear reduction systems and differentials. You will study hydraulic braking systems used on today’s agricultural equipment. Your focus will be on various gear boxes, axles, and final drives.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
WLDR 158
Oxy Fuel Cutting (OFC) and Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC)
2
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You will focus on safety procedures, equipment set-up, and correct operating procedures of oxy-fuel cutting (OFC) and plasma arc cutting (PAC). You will gain experience cutting different types of metal with varying degrees of thickness.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
WLDR 159
ARC Welding (Shielded Metal Arc Welding)
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: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
WORK 191
Dealership Work Experience
0
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You will spend two weeks gaining experience in an agricultural equipment dealership. This will allow you to apply the technical skills and knowledge you acquired during the program. You will have the opportunity to select a company where you would like to complete 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.

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