Agricultural Power Machinery (A.A.S.)

SUNY Cobleskill’s Agricultural Power Machinery program offers students a unique advantage. Thanks to a partnership with John Deere, many students are guaranteed employment upon graduation. All program graduates are highly sought by employers because they possess the knowledge and skills needed for success in an industry where job opportunities are plentiful. 


Program Highlights

- SUNY Cobleskill is home to one of 15 John Deere sponsored programs in the United States. Students in the program are sponsored by a John Deere dealership and are guaranteed employment upon graduation.

- An integrated mix of classroom instruction and hands-on learning in laboratory sessions provides students with the knowledge necessary for successful careers.

- All Agricultural Power Machinery students gain real-world industry work experience. Students in the John Deere track complete a 400-hour work experience at their sponsoring dealership.

- Students learn communication and customer relations skills to ensure success as agricultural service technicians.

- Students learn how to diagnose and troubleshoot malfunctions in agricultural equipment.

- Students learn to keep safety foremost in their minds in order to avoid injury and prevent damage to machinery.

- The program’s track record of supplying equipment dealerships and farms with well-educated, highly skilled employees attracts students from across the northeast.

- Agricultural Engineering Technology faculty work with industry partners to ensure the curriculum is up-to-date and focused on the current needs of employers.

What Will I Learn?

Agricultural Power Machinery students choose one of two tracks — John Deere Agricultural Technology or Power Machinery Technology. Both tracks prepare students to work with and service agricultural machinery. Students study mechanical topics such as agricultural mechanics, hydraulics, diesel engines, agricultural machinery, power trains, and air conditioning for mobile equipment. Students also get field experience setting up equipment while studying tillage, planting, and harvesting operations. Electrical and electronic systems and computerized controllers are studied to prepare students for emerging technologies such as agricultural applications of GPS auto-guidance systems. The program also features a solid background in liberal arts and sciences, which rounds out the experience and greatly expands career options for students.
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Career Outlook

Students who complete the Agricultural Power Machinery program are prepared to work on large and small farms servicing equipment. They are also prepared to work in agricultural equipment dealerships and with companies focused on the sales and servicing of agricultural equipment.

Agricultural Power Machinery graduates who wish to pursue advanced study can easily transfer into SUNY Cobleskill’s Agricultural Equipment Technology bachelor degree program.