Agricultural Mechanics: Fundamentals & Applications

  • AUTHOR: Ray V. Herren
  • ISBN-13: 9781285058955 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 960 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 7th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2010
  • ©2015     Published
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Overview

About The Product

This trusted text provides a thorough introduction to agricultural mechanics, covering fundamental mechanical and engineering theory, common tools and materials, and a wide range of practical applications. Units explore essential topics such as career opportunities, shop orientation and procedures, woodworking and metal working, tool fitting, project planning, cutting and welding, paints and paint application, power mechanics, electrical wiring, plumbing, hydraulics, concrete and masonry, and agricultural structures. Safety is also emphasized strongly throughout the text, both within each chapter and in a dedicated unit. To engage today's students and make even complicated principles easier to apply, the text features abundant, full-color images, illustrations, charts, and data tables, as well as detailed drawings of over 50 complete project plans. More than 300 of these visuals have been added or updated for the Seventh Edition, which also boasts a suite of dynamic digital teaching resources, such as an online Coursemate with lecture materials, videos, interactive quizzes, and more. The new edition also includes updates to reflect the latest innovations in materials, machinery, and methods, providing a current and comprehensive guide to help students plan and execute agricultural projects effectively.

Features

  • This proven text provides a comprehensive and engaging introduction to agricultural mechanics, exploring basic mechanical and engineering theory, essential tools and materials, and a wide range of real-world projects.
  • The text features dedicated chapters on dozens of critical topics, including metal and career selection, wood and metal working, tool identification, project planning, cutting and welding, paints and paint application, power mechanics, electrical wiring, plumbing, hydraulics, concrete and masonry, and agricultural structures.
  • The author stresses safety as a crucial consideration at every stage, with material on safety included in each chapter and a special section devoted to personal safety.
  • Known for its vibrant, full-color design and engaging visual style, the text features hundreds of illustrations, charts, data tables, and plan drawings to help make material easier to master and apply for today's visual learners.
  • More than 50 complete project plans are included, providing step-by-step guidelines to help students apply key principles and practices by undertaking a variety of useful, hands-on projects.
  • Step-by-step procedures are included throughout the book to offer students hands-on opportunities to practice the skills and techniques covered in each chapter.
  • A back of book glossary offers Spanish translations for each term and definition presented in the Glossary to help ESL students succeed in the classroom.
  • Pedagogical features such as terms to know, materials lists, chapter objectives and competencies, notes and caution boxes, and end of chapter self-evaluations offer multiple entry points to help students learn and retain information.

About the Contributor

AUTHOR
  • Ray V. Herren

    Dr. Ray V. Herren has been actively involved in agriculture for most of his life. He grew up on a diversified farm, where he played a major role in the production of livestock. He obtained a bachelor of science degree in agricultural education from Auburn University, a master's degree in agribusiness education from Alabama A & M, and a doctorate in vocational education (with an emphasis in agricultural education) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Herren has taught at Gaylesville High School, Virginia Tech, Oregon State University, and the University of Georgia in Athens, where he recently retired as head of the Department of Agriculture Leadership, Education, and Communication. In addition to serving as national president in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) alumni organization, he has served on numerous committees from the local to international level, including a national task force to develop FFA programs for middle school and the national committee for career development events. His prolific scholarly activity includes 26 journal articles, 51 invited or refereed presentations, and 12 books and manuals. He has also earned several awards for his commitment to service, including induction into the Georgia Agricultural Teacher Hall of Fame and UGA's prestigious College of Education Outstanding Teaching Award.

Table of Contents

Part I: EXPLORING CAREERS IN AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS.
1. Mechanics in the World of Agriculture.
2. Career Options in Agricultural Mechanics.
Part II: USING THE AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS SHOP.
3. Shop Orientation and Procedures.
4. Personal Safety in Agricultural Mechanics.
5. Reducing Hazards in Agricultural Mechanics.
6. Shop Cleanup and Organization.
Part III: HAND WOODWORKING AND METAL WORKING.
7. Hand Tools, Fasteners, and Hardware.
8. Layout Tools and Procedures.
9. Selecting, Cutting, and Shaping Wood.
10. Fastening Wood.
11. Finishing Wood.
12. Identifying, Marking, Cutting, and Bending Metal.
13. Fastening Metal.
Part IV: POWER TOOLS IN THE AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS SHOP.
14. Portable Power Tools.
15. Woodworking with Power Machines.
16. Adjusting and Maintaining Power Woodworking Equipment.
17. Metalworking with Power Machines.
Part V: PROJECT PLANNING.
18. Sketching and Drawing Projects.
19. Figuring a Bill of Materials.
20. Selecting, Planning, and Building a Project.
Part VI: TOOL FITTING.
21. Repairing and Reconditioning Tools.
22. Sharpening Tools.
Part VII: GAS HEATING, CUTTING, BRAZING, AND WELDING.
23. Using Gas Welding Equipment.
24. Cutting with Oxyfuels and Other Gases.
25. Brazing and Welding with Oxyacetylene.
Part VIII: ARC WELDING.
26. Selecting and Using Arc Welding Equipment.
27. Arc Welding Mild Steel and GMAW/GTAW Welding.
Part IX: PAINTING.
28. Preparing Wood and Metal for Painting.
29. Selecting and Applying Painting Materials.
Part X: POWER MECHANICS.
30. Fundamentals of Small Engines.
31. Small Engine Maintenance and Repair.
32. Diesel Engines and Tractor Maintenance.
Part XI: ELECTRICITY AND ELECTRONICS.
33. Electrical Principles and Wiring Materials.
34. Installing Branch Circuits.
35. Electronics in Agriculture.
36. Electric Motors, Drives, and Controls.
Part XII: PLUMBING, HYDRAULIC, AND PNEUMATIC SYSTEMS.
37. Plumbing.
38. Irrigation Technology.
39. Hydraulic, Pneumatic, and Robotic Power.
Part XIII: CONCRETE AND MASONRY.
40. Concrete and Masonry.
Part XIV: AGRICULTURAL STRUCTURES.
41. Planning and Constructing Agricultural Structures.
42. Aquaculture, Greenhouse, and Hydroponics Structures.
43. Fence Design and Construction.
Appendix A: Projects.
Appendix B: Data Tables.

New to this Edition

  • The Seventh Edition features more than 350 new or updated full-color images, including illustrations, photographs, and data tables to help bring chapter material to life and enable students to apply what they learn. Redrawn illustrations depict modern equipment related to small engines and power mechanics, plumbing, planning and constructing agricultural structures, and more. New photos depict actual high school students working in the agricultural mechanics workshop.
  • General updates related to statistical data have been incorporated throughout the book.
  • Expanded coverage of safety using power hand tools, stationary power equipment and other areas has been added.
  • The Relevant Websites at the end of each unit have been updated to provide clearer search information in the event web links change or become out of date.
  • An online Coursemate with lecture materials, interactive quizzes, and more provides a dynamic digital resource to help you save time and make course activities even more engaging and effective.

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