2013 Theme: Processing Systems
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University contact person: Dr. Rick Bockhop
Information from related Agricultural Mechanics Events:
CDE Coordinator: Rick Bockhop
To provide a competitive event for high school agriculture students, emphasizing
knowledge and skills in agricultural mechanics.
To provide high school agriculture
students with agricultural mechanics interests a practical experience that will
serve them well in industry positions.
To develop students' skills in
observation, analysis, calculation and cooperation.
To provide experience to students in
the areas of machinery and equipment systems, energy systems, structural
systems and environmental/natural resource systems.
To provide an opportunity to apply
knowledge and skills of systems listed above to a specific domain or theme.
To encourage high school agriculture
teachers to seek assistance from various resources in agricultural mechanics
and apply these in their classrooms activities.
Processing Systems is theme of the 2013 event.
The following items are being considered for the
Agricultural Mechanics Career Development Event. Please check back
periodically to see if changes have been made.
I. Topics in each of the five areas are listed below.
Please check back for topics (they are currently
- Energy Systems
- Tool and fastener
identification with questions will be used for energy systems.
- Machinery and Equipment Systems:
- We will be using a “Patz” TMR provided by Steinhart’s of
- Questions relating to the TMR
along with parts ID will be assessed
- Electrical systems:
- We will feature electrical motors this year
- Reading nameplate information
- Wiring an outlet for a motor
- Selecting a motor for a
- Selecting an appropriate
outlet for a motor
- Identifying tools to work with electricity
- Structural Systems:
- Using E6013 rods on mild steel
- Please refer to the Team
activity for additional welding facts
- Environmental/Natural Resource Systems:
- PVC construction
- Cutting to length and gluing together
- Team Activity:
- A scenario will be provided using a
large dairy farm comprised of information about housing, feeding, feed
storage, feed volumes and manure storage.
Calculations will be requested for concrete required to construct specific
areas of this dairy. Exact
structural information will be derived from provide information and team
members will need to sift through all of the information to correctly
respond to questions for this portion of the contest. Throughput information will be provided
regarding the TMR as well as potential volumes for each feedstuff.
- A second team activity will be
welding: This is the plan. Each team will be asked to have two
individuals stick weld a 1 ˝” x 3/16” angle iron piece to a 3/16 inch piece
of plate steel. Detailed drawing will be provided. Participants will need
to use a tape measure, micrometer and/or a veneer calipers for measuring
area of this design. Additionally participants
will be asked to mark and drill specific holes in proximities on the
welded steel. Scores from these
two welds, measurements and drillings will be added together, and entered
as team scores, recorded for all individuals on the team. Teams that have
less than four individuals will be allowed up to two welders in this
- Note: The team members who weld will
chose by each school and those not selected to weld from respective teams
will remain with the assigned group but will not weld, measure or drill
during this portion of the contest. This is due to the large number of
participants and our limited space for welding. There are over two hundred entered in
the Ag Mech area this year.
- Any of the aforementioned topics may be included in the
50 question written exam.
- Safety precautions must be observed in all areas
- Not following safety procedures will result in
- Serious violations will result in termination of that
portion of the event.
II. Contestants will participate in any or all of the
Hands-On individual problem
solving/skill development activity
Written examination covering areas
of Ag Mechanics related to Processing Systems
Team problem solving activity
III. Contestants are expected to provide their own
safety clothing and eye protection.
quality eye protection must be worn when working in labs
welding helmets will be provided but students can bring their own helmet if
they choose. We recommend each team bring two sets of gloves,
protective clothing and welding helmets.
should bring a calculator.
- Contest events are subject to change upon availability
of labs, weather, and other factors without notice.
Bring eye protection (safety glasses are
required), pencil, and a calculator.
recommend each team bring two sets of gloves, protective clothing and welding