Hart Career Center
Ag Diesel Mechanics

Ag Diesel Mechanics is a class designed for students who are interested in learning and working on agricultural-related equipment. In this 2-year, 3-hour class, students will be trained to repair equipment for agricultural or industrial use. Some students will be trained and obtain or qualify for an entry level position at a dealership, or for further post-secondary education.

Students enrolled in Ag Diesel Mechanics at HCC have the opportunity to participate and compete in SkillsUSA.

Program completers work at a variety of businesses with heavy machinery and farm equipment.

Diesel Mechanics I (3 Hr) (C1101)
Diesel Mechanics II (3 Hr) (C1111)
Credit(s): 3 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grade Level: 11, 12
Prerequisite: An interest in a career in Ag-machinery sales and services, diesel technology or related fields.

This program is a two-year, highly technical program designed to prepare students to use critical thinking skills to explore basic diesel technology. This program is geared toward students with interest in farm related machinery. Knowledge gained in this program can be beneficial for students that decide to further their education in this related field, stay on the family farm, or go straight into the workforce for an entry level position. This program consists of practical knowledge and shop management skills to help you master installation, service, assembly, adjustment, repair, and operations of various types of farm machinery and tractors. You will also learn how to work with hydraulics, transmissions, electrical systems, and air conditioning, learn orientation and safety, engine repair, tuneup, and preventative maintenance, transmissions, brakes and diesel electrical systems.

As a student in the Agriculture Machinery/Diesel Technology program you should be able to:

  • Manipulate tools and equipment safely and skillfully
  • Communicate ideas verbally
  • Be organized
  • Be willing to work with precise limits and standards
  • Walk and move around in shop and field assignments
  • Lift and carry 50 pounds
  • See and hear well (normal or corrected)
  • Distinguish colors
  • Judge depth and distance

Instructor Kent Norfleet is a Mexico High School graduate, and took Ag Diesel Mechanics at HCC (then Mexico Area Vocational-Technical School) himself. He has been teaching this program for eight years.