Due to limited funding Ag and Industrial Equipment Technology Program is on hiatus.
The Agriculture and Industrial Equipment Technology program prepares students to become technicians for agriculture and construction equipment dealers who sell such brands as AGCO, CASE IH, Caterpillar, Kubota, and New Holland products. This program takes two years to complete and includes courses in hydraulics, electronics, diesel, mobile air conditioning, and diagnostics. The Agriculture and Industrial Equipment program intends to meet the following goals:
To enter the program, students must be sponsored by an equipment dealership and meet the dealership hiring requirements. Students are encouraged to do a pre-internship at an equipment dealership prior to entering the program. Students complete six sessions of courses at CBC (109-111 credits/ 1694 – 1716 hours) and four sessions of paid internships at sponsoring dealerships (20 credits/1000 hours). An Associate in Applied Science in Agriculture and Industrial Equipment Technology is awarded to students who complete all required and related coursework, general education requirements, and internship credits.
Ag and industrial equipment technicians are in high demand. The Washington State Employment Security Department, Labor Market and Economic Analysis Branch estimates that farm equipment technicians will have 60 annual openings due to job growth and replacements, an increase of 5 percent. It is also estimated that there will be 110 annual openings for mobile equipment mechanics in Washington, an increase of 11 percent.
The Oregon Employment Department estimates that the need for farm equipment technicians will increase by 10.8 percent by 2016 - an annual growth rate of 15 new positions per year. In addition, 33 replacement positions are needed annually. Mobile equipment technicians in Oregon are expected to increase 9.7 percent by 2016 – an annual growth rate of 21 new positions and 48 replacement positions per year.
Washington ranks second in the nation for wages for Farm Equipment Mechanics at $17.73 hourly mean wage. Oregon ranks fourth at $17.28 hourly mean wage. Mobile equipment technicians earn an average $3 to $4 more per hour than farm equipment mechanics in each state.
Students must meet the following qualifications for entrance into the program:
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