The agricultural industry relies on specialized equipment to cultivate land, produce crops, and raise livestock. In this program, students will gain experience in maintaining outdoor power equipment, agricultural equipment, some automotive and heavy equipment, all-terrain vehicles, and lawn mowers. An introduction to welding, hydraulics, and machine work is also included.

Technical Skills:

Hand and power tool use and safety • Outdoor power equipment maintenance and repair • Engine theory, operation, and rebuilding • Basic welding, fabrication, and machine work • Trade math and precision measuring (micrometer reading)

Professional Skills:

Teamwork • Organization •  Critical thinking • Problem-solving •  Communication

Career Opportunities or Field Positions:

Outdoor Power Equipment Mechanic • Diesel Mechanic • Farm Equipment Mechanic • Parts & Service Associate • Welder • Assembler • Mobile Repair Mechanic

What Certifications can I earn?

Timken Bearing Certification • Volvo Assembly Training Certification

What College Credits can I earn?

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Program Requirements & Expectations:

Strong math and grade level reading skills are required.

Uniform Requirements:

A CareerTech blue or gray t-shirt is required. In addition, the following CareerTech items may also be purchased: Mechanic shirt, crewneck sweatshirt or hooded sweatshirt (no strings), or flannel. Uniforms may be ordered online or purchased at the school store.

Dark blue or black work pants (i.e., Dickies) or jeans without holes. No baggy clothes or shorts are permitted.

Work boots (steel toes not required)

Out-of-Pocket costs:

School Uniform

Tool Kit – approximately $100.

3” – 3-ring binder

Student Organizations:

Students may join the SkillsUSA student organization. This club brings students who share common interests together for an exchange of ideas and the opportunity to work towards a common purpose. It offers students recognition through a national program of awards and contests and seeks to cultivate excellence in leadership and in their technical skills. Visit http://www.skillsusa.org/ for more information.

What else should I know?

Come to CareerTech with a good work ethic and the desire to learn something new every day!

Brian Yeager

Mr. Yeager is a CareerTech alumnus of the Machine Shop program. He has over 20 years of industry experience working in several machine, welding, and repair shops. He has acquired certifications in Machine Shop, Agriculture Mechanics, and Outdoor Power Equipment and has earned an associate degree in Workforce Development from Penn State. Mr. Yeager contributes over 22 years of teaching at CareerTech.