The Precision Agriculture Equipment Technician (PAET) program prepares individuals to maintain and repair specialized farm, ranch, and agribusiness power equipment and vehicles. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for employment with a general background in agronomy, animal science, agribusiness, precision agriculture, equipment and repair. The program includes instruction in the principles of application and management of precision agriculture as it relates to tools, shop protocol and safety, diesel engines, Global Positioning System (GPS) and Graphic Information System (GIS), drones, electrical/electronics, computers and networking, hydraulics, mechanical systems, air conditioning, and power systems. The curriculum implements hands-on use of various tractors, planting, spraying, harvesting, tillage, and hauling equipment in association with livestock, crop and irrigation systems.
According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as a Farm Equipment Mechanic in the state of Minnesota is $19.52 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 6.3%, a high growth career.
View semester order by campus: Thief River Falls
|Course #||Course Name||Credit(s)|
|AGRG 1100||Intro to Agriculture||3|
|AGRG 1105||Agribusiness & Records||3|
|AGRG 1110||Intro to Animal Science||4|
|AGRG 1115||Intro to Agronomy||4|
|AGRI 2250||Welding I||1|
|ETAS 1105||Applied Electronics||3|
|PAET 1100||Intro Precision Ag||3|
|PAET 1111||Precision Ag Equipment Op||3|
|PAET 1120||Air Conditioning||2|
|PAET 1125||Light/Medium Engines||3|
|PAET 1131||Basic Hydraulic Systems||2|
|PAET 1141||Ag Electrical Systems||4|
|PAET 2201||App Precision Farm Sys||3|
|PAET 2205||Heavy Duty Engines||3|
|PAET 2210||Ag Drive Systems||3|
|PAET 2240||Adv Ag Hydraulic Sys||2|
|ENGL 1111||Composition I||3|
|ENGL 2207||Technical Writing||3|
|SPCH 1103||Interpersonal Communicati||3|
|G4: Math/Logical Elective ( *See Elective Options Listed Below )||3|
Program Elective Course Options
For this particular pathway, NCTC recommends a student explore further coursework in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum areas listed below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.
|Course #||Course Name||Credits|
|G4: Math/Logical Reasoning Electives|
|MATH 1102||Contemporary Math||3|
|MATH 1110||College Algebra||3|
The following minimum requirements must be completed:
1. All required courses must be completed with a grade of C or better to graduate.
2. Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.
3. The minimum scores for the Next Generation Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
Elementary Algebra score of 60 or Math 0090
Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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