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Power, Structural and Technical Systems

Power, Structural and Technical Systems

Power, Structural and Technical Systems offer students an understanding of the agriculture power field and introduces them to concepts that are associated with the production of food and fiber necessary to meet the needs of today and tomorrow. This understanding provides students with the opportunity to explore agricultural machinery, as well as technological concepts and structures. Students will grasp the historical changes in agriculture as well as how agriculture has changed to meet world population needs of the future. Students will be introduced to structures, machinery, biotechnology and professional and ethical standards that are applicable to agriculture power. Students will grasp the technological innovations that have contributed to the dynamic nature of agriculture. Computers and other technological tools that have enabled farmers to use precision agriculture. Students will grasp the professional career responsibilities and opportunities of growers country-wide. In addition, students are educated on some of the available resources for agricultural industry professionals.

Objectives

  • Understand the field of agriculture power, structure and technology, as well as the role that agriculture, food and natural resources (AFNR) play in both society and the world economy.
  • Understand the interaction between ANFR systems in the production, management and processing of food, fuel and fiber, in addition to sustainable stewardship and use of natural resources.
  • Describe career opportunities and ways of achieving such positions.
  • Analyze how trends, issues, public polices and technologies impact AFNR Career Cluster systems.
  • Summarize the importance of systems of safety, health and environmental management in AFNR organizations.

In respect of these course topics, it is helpful if students familiarize themselves with general concepts in the agricultural world, along with the fundamentals of conducting website research. Students should carry out evaluations of web sources for validity. For certain topics, students need to have the capacity to research the local community and locate particular businesses involved in mechanical repair. Students who are not acquainted with these topics should familiarize themselves with methods for web research, which includes website evaluations.

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(click on the module heading to reveal a lesson by lesson breakdown)

IMPORTANCE OF POWER, STRUCTURAL, AND TECHNICAL SYSTEMS

  • Course Overview
  • Investigating Power, Structural, and Technical Systems Present in Agricultural Systems
  • Project: Agriculture through the Ages
  • Understanding Skills Needed for Professionals in the Power, Structural, and Technical Systems
  • Scientific Principles Associated with Agricultural Power, Structural, and Technical Systems
  • Project: Organic, No-Till, and Conventional Tillage in Farming
  • Quiz 1: Introduction
  • Identification of Tools and Equipment Used in Power, Structural, and Technical Systems
  • Project: Design Your Toolbox
  • Measuring and Layout of Projects
  • Safety and Associated Practices in Power, Structural, and Mechanical Systems
  • Project: Farm Safety Rules
  • Quiz 2: Equipment and Skills in Power, Structural,and Technical Systems
  • Project: Special Project
  • Test
  • Course Project Part 1: Developing a Productive Farm
  • Glossary and Credits
OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF EQUIPMENT AND POWER SYSTEMS

  • Importance of Maintenance in Power Equipment
  • Project: Visit a Mechanic
  • Principles of Operation in Engines and Motors
  • Project: Dust Bowl Argument
  • Tractor Safety and Maintenance
  • Quiz 1: Operation and Equipment of Power Systems
  • Importance of Maintenance in Small Power Equipment
  • Project: Visit a Shop for Job-Shadowing
  • Transmitting Power and Energy Produced into Usable Outputs
  • Project: Job-shadowing in a Large-Engine Repair Shop
  • Understanding Regulations of Materials and Safe Handling
  • Quiz 2: Operation and Equipment of Power Systems
  • Project: Special Project
  • Test
  • Course Project Part 2: Developing Safety Policies and Procedures
  • Glossary and Credits
SOURCES OF POWER AND ENGINES AND EQUIPMENT EFFICIENCY AND POWERTRAIN

  • Selecting Power Sources
  • Project: Greenhouse Gases Project
  • Evaluating Resources
  • Theory of How Power Is Produced by Engines and Motors
  • Project: Interview an Engine Repair Person
  • Quiz 1: Repairing Equipment and Power Systems
  • Transferring Power to Work
  • Identifying Power Transmissions and How TheyWork
  • Project: How Gears Work
  • Evaluation of Engine Power and Efficiency
  • Project: Purchasing a New Tractor
  • Glossary and Credits
DESIGNING, CONSTRUCTING, AND MAINTAINING STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS

  • Designing Structures for Different Uses
  • Project: Comparison Shopping for Tools
  • Designing Structures for Different Animals and Uses
  • Basic Construction Techniques and Evaluating Structural Systems
  • Project: Internship with a Shed Company
  • Quiz 1: Designing and Planning Structures
  • Using Construction Equipment
  • Project: Construction Job Research
  • Safety Practices Associated with Construction Equipment
  • Common Structural Techniques Used to Design and Build Greenhouses
  • Project: Purchase a Greenhouse
  • Quiz 2: Construction and Maintenance of Structures
  • Project: Special Project
  • Test
  • Course Project Part 4: A Modern Barn-Raising
  • Glossary and Credits
IMPACT AND USE OF TECHNOLOGIES IN POWER AND STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS

  • Computers and Their Role in Agricultural Power, Structural, and Technical Systems
  • Data Management and Use in Agricultural Production
  • Project: Summary of Growing Conditions
  • Evaluating Technical Systems
  • Project: Fantasy Farm Spreadsheet
  • Quiz 1: Control and Monitoring Systems
  • Advanced Technology in Agricultural Power and Production Systems
  • Project: Design a New Plant
  • Biotechnology Impact in Agricultural Power and Production Systems
  • Project: Agriculture of the Future
  • Precision Technology Use in Power and Technical Systems
  • Quiz 2: Advanced Technologies
  • Project: Special Project
  • Test
  • Course Project Part 5: Selecting High Technology Tools and Systems
  • Glossary and Credits
COURSE PROJECT, REVIEW, AND EXAM

  • Course Project Part 6: Fitting the Systems Together—Farm Planning
  • Course Review
  • Exam


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