Agricultural mechanics perform many of the diagnostic, repair and maintenance work on various types of equipment. Training programs are available at the certificate and associate's degree levels.
Schools with Agricultural Mechanics Programs
The following schools offer agricultural mechanics programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Northeast Community College||Norfolk, Nebraska||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $3,165 In-state
|Black Hawk College||Moline, Illinois||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $4,050 In-district
|Reedley College||Reedley, California||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $1,194 In-state
|Rend Lake College||Ina, Illinois||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $3,000 In-district
|Morrisville State College||Morrisville, New York||4-year, Public|| Certificate
| $7,970 In-state
|Montana State University||Billings, Montana||4-year, Public||Associate's|| $5,808 In-state
|Southwest Wisconsin Technical College||Fennimore, Wisconsin||2-year, Public||Diploma|| $4,164 In-state
|San Joaquin Delta College||Stockton, California||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $1,104 In-state
|Hutchinson Community College||Hutchinson, Kansas||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $2,848 In-district
Source: *NCES College Navigator
School Selection Criteria
Certificate and associate's degree programs in agricultural mechanics or technology are available from technical and community colleges. Consider the following also when looking for agricultural mechanics schools:
- Students may want to consider which type of program may fit their educational needs better. Certificate programs can provide the training needed for entry-level work. On the other hand, associate's programs might prepare students for management positions.
- Seek schools that offer hands-on lab work on modern equipment emphasizing areas such as diagnostic procedures of diesel and gasoline engines, hydraulic equipment and electrical systems.
- Some agricultural mechanics associate's degree programs provide opportunities for students to take part in summer internships at machinery dealerships or local farms.
Certificate in Mechanized Agriculture
Certificate programs in mechanized agriculture can usually be completed in one year. Programs prepare students for work as entry-level agricultural technicians. Internships may be required for program completion.
Associate's Degree in Agricultural Equipment Technology
Associate's degree programs in mechanized agriculture or agricultural equipment technology are typically 2-year programs that balance training in theory and practice. Programs may prepare students for various positions, such as equipment technicians, sales persons or service managers. Some programs also require internships to supplement technical lab training. General coursework in math, sociology, business and economics may be included as well as industry-specific lab courses.
Certificate and associate's degree programs in agricultural mechanics are readily available. These programs emphasize core areas such as hydraulics, electrical systems, diesel engine repair, ac systems and fuel systems.