Maintenance and Repair of Agricultural Machinery
What will I study?
The main aim is for mechanically minded experienced tractor driver to acquire the necessary skills and understanding of farm equipment to enable him to undertake the maintenance and repair on todays highly mechanised farm. The entrant to the course should therefore be proficient and have experience of a wide range of machinery, field operations and be familiar with the operator maintenance and settings relating to theses operations.
On completion of the course the successful student will be to carry out repairs and major overhauls on a wide range of tractors and machines, for example, replacing tractor clutches, overhauling engines and carrying out the complete "out of season" service on a combine harvester. In addition the successful student will be able to modify and fabricate items to suite a farms particular need. Examples of items made by students whilst on the course include; folding cultivators, trailers, wheel handlers, grain buckets, post drivers and bale grabs.
Through the course emphasis is placed on the fact that it is designed for a farm mechanic rather then a dealer`s mechanic. In the farm situation specialist service tools and equipment are generally not available, thus often a degree of improvisation is necessary to efficiently complete the job in hand. Practical sessions are organised so the students work on an individual basis or in pairs and thus gain the maximum possible experience in the time available.
The extensive workshop facilities are fully equipped with a comprehensive range of tools and equipment enabling a wide range of engineering operations to be undertaken. Although the college has a large fleet of tractors and substantial range of implements and machines a high proportion of the work is carried out on neighbouring farmers tractors and machines which have genuine faults requiring diagnosis and rectification. Students are encouraged to bring and carry out work on their own machines if relevant to the course
What modules are covered?
- Tractor and Power Units
- Engine Principles and constructional Details
- Major overhaul of diesel engines
- Engine fault diagnosis
- Cooling and fuel system fault diagnosis, service and repair.
- Principles and construction of transmission systems
- Wet and dry clutch replacement and repair.
- Replacement of bearings, seals, gears, brake and other components in rear transmisssion and four wheel drive front axles.
- Theory, system layout, component details relating to example popular hydraulic systems Diagnosing faults in tractor hydraulic systems
- Replacement of seals, pumps, valves and other components
- Electrical systems and component theory
- Starting, charging, lighting and control systems fault diagnosis and repair
- Replacement of steering components
- Farm Machinery
Construction application and repair procedures of general machine components including bearings, seals, belts, pulleys, sprockets, universal joints, keys, gears, hydraulic rams, tyres, overload devices ets.
Working principles, construction, service and repair procedure relating to: Combines: cutterbars, augers, elevators, drums, concaves, shaker shoes, variable speed drives, hydraulic systems etcpick-up cylinders, rolling, feeding and packing mechanisms, rams knotters twine and net wrapping systems Power harrow and mower gearboxes
- Forage harvester feedrolls, cylinders and flywheels
- Plough alignment and distortion checks
- Welding, Workshop Processes and Fabrication
- The correct use and maintenance of metal arc, M.I.G and oxy-acetylene welding equipment
- All positional welding of mild steel
- The repair of cast iron and special steels using the arc technique
- Use and maintenance of powered workshop equipment
- Health and Safety implications relating to Abrasive Wheels
- Engineering sketching to enable students to design and convert farm equipment.
- Planning and estimating fabrication and repair work
- Practice in the repair and fabrication and steel structures.
What qualifications will I get?
How will I be assessed?
Practical observation and portfolios
What is the entry process?
College application and interview
What are the entry requirements?
You will, ideally, be proficient and have experience of a wide range of farming machinery and field operations. Also, preferably, be familiar with the maintenance and settings relating to these operations. The minimum age entry to this course is 19 years.
What else do I need to know?
The full time course starts in November and runs for 14 weeks, finishing by the end of February. This period has been chosen to coincide with the quieter time on the arable farm, enabling students to be released to complete the course. The course is both intensive and highly practical. Three full days are spent in the workshop working on tractors, machines and welding. One and a half days are spent on backup knowledge and practical demonstrations. In a typical week, a student will be actively taught for 32 hours.
English and Maths
English and maths qualifications are vitally important for future employers and universities, so the government has made it a priority for students to improve these skills.
We’re here to help you on your journey, so if you do not achieve grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths, then you will study English and/or maths as part of your college course.
From September 2015, students who achieve a D grade will be placed on the relevant GCSE programme, while students who achieve an E or below will be assessed to ensure they are placed on the right study programme for their ability.
What can I do after this course?
On successful completion of the course, you will have the requisite skills to seek or continue employment in the land-based sector.
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Course tuition fees are free for UK students under 19yrs.
All students may be charged for materials e.g. equipment, clothing etc. All students pay a book deposit of £30 which is refundable at the end of the course.
UK students aged 19 and over will need to pay tuition fees as well as any materials, registration and exam fees. Some adults may be eligible for free tuition. Please contact us for more fee information.
We make every effort to ensure that these course details are accurate. Warwickshire College reserves the right to make alterations. Fees may be indicative at the time of publishing.