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Prerequisites: Agricultural Construction & Technology
Level: 10th or 11th
Credit(s): 1.0
Additional Information: Agricultural Construction & Technology is a course that examines current construction practices and techniques in the agricultural and mechanical industry. Agricultural Construction & Technology prepares students for careers and continuing education in construction and technical fields. Therefore, the course is designed for upper level students and/or students who have completed Introduction to the Agricultural Industry or Basic Agricultural Mechanics. This course is one year in length and upon successful completion of this course with a D or higher, 1 graduation credit will be awarded.

Course Description

Agricultural Construction & Technology is an advanced course that focuses on the knowledge, hands-on skills, and workplace skills applicable to the construction, agricultural, and mechanical industry. Course clusters include Personal Safety, Planning and Design of Agricultural and Residential Structures, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electricity, Concrete, Block Laying, Drywall and Painting, and Greenhouse Construction. Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.

 Course Objectives

• Students will develop and utilize skills needed to for career pathways in construction and agricultural mechanics.
• Students will be able to accurately plan and design diagrams for agricultural and residential structures.
• Students will demonstrate personal safety while working in the shop.
• Students will apply learned knowledge of carpentry through construction of small-scale agricultural/residential structures.
•Students will explain and build small-scale agricultural plumbing systems.
• Students will explain and build small-scale agricultural electrical systems.
•Students will demonstrate masonry skills through concrete and block layering exercises.
•Students will explore the drywall and painting industry.
•Students will understand basic greenhouse construction methods and materials.
•Students will develop and maintain a Supervised Agricultural Experience that pertains to individual interest and promotes skills in agribusiness.

Course Outline

Unit I: FFA Opportunities and Supervised Agricultural Experiences


  • Opportunities in FFA and Youth Organizations
  • Achievement in FFA
  • Leading the FFA Chapter
  • SAE’s

  • Possible SAE Programs
  • Planning Your SAE Program
  • Implementing SAE Programs
  • Keeping and Using SAE Records
  • Long Range Plans for Expanding SAE Programs
  • Personal Safety

  • Identifying Hazards in Agricultural Mechanics
  • Using Personal Safety in Agricultural Mechanics
  • Unit II: Planning Agricultural Construction Systems

  • Agricultural & Residential Architecture & Modern Design
  • Planning and Designing Projects
  • Planning and Placing Concrete
  • Planning, Laying Out, and Tooling Concrete Block
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Construction Blue Prints
  • Unit III: Masonry Systems

  • Masonry: Cement, Block, Brick, etc.
  • Footings and Foundations
  • Unit IV: Construction Systems

  • Using Construction Fasteners and Hardware
  • Selecting Lumber
  • Framing Agricultural Structures
  • Roofing Agricultural Structures
  • Siding Agricultural Structures
  • Insulating Agricultural Structures
  • Unit V: Electrical Systems

  • Introducing Electricity and Electrical Safety
  • Exploring the Science of Electricity
  • Preparing and Using Schematics
  • Wiring Agricultural and Residential Circuits
  • Unit VI: Plumbing Systems

  • Understanding and Designing Plumbing Systems
  • Working with Galvanized Pipe
  • Working with Copper Tubing
  • Working with Plastic Pipe
  • Maintaining and Repairing Plumbing Systems
  •  Unit VII: Paints, Finishers and Preservatives

  • Preparing Surfaces and Selecting Paints/Preservatives
  • Selecting Applicators and Applying Finishers
  • Unit VIII: Greenhouse Construction

  • Understanding Greenhouse Purpose & Design
  • Looking at Greenhouse Materials
  • Student Expectations

    It is important that students in this class keep an open mind and respect the differences in student ability, backgrounds and beliefs. All students are expected to come to class prepared and participate on a daily basis. Students will be expected to follow all rules listed and described in the Steeleville High School Student Handbook and Steeleville High School Agriculture Program Student Handbook. It is expected that students wear appropriate attire (safety glasses, closed-toe shoes, protective clothing, etc.) during shop work. All students enrolled in Agricultural Mechanics & Technology will be required to keep an updated SAE (Supervised Agriculture Experience) and retain membership in the FFA organization. Students will be expected to arrive daily with a writing utensil, note pad and calculator.

    Teaching Methods

    Agricultural Mechanics and Technology is a course taught through a wide variety of teaching methods, but with a dominant focus through hands-on learning. Students will learn through class lecture, small group discussion, class debate, laboratory exercises, video, readings, independent study, games, individual and group projects, and more.


    Students will be assessed through regular completion of homework, projects, class participation, laboratories, and Supervised Agriculture Experiences. Quizzes will assess students throughout each unit and a test will be given upon completion of each unit.

     Grading Policy

    The grading procedure for this class will be out of 100%. The breakdown of percentiles can be seen below.

    Quizzes 10% Participation 15%
    Homework 15% Labs & Projects 30%
    Tests 20% SAE 10% 
    Missed/Late Work
    Late homework assignments will automatically be dropped 10%, unless prior arrangements have been made or the missed assignment was due to an excused absence. Missed quizzes or tests due to an unexcused absence will result in a zero. Make-up dates will be allowed for all quizzes and tests missed due to an excused absence.

    Academic Honesty

    Academic integrity is a vital component for individual success within Steeleville’s Agriculture Department. Plagiarism and cheating by any student will result in a zero for the grade of the assignment and will follow punishment described in the student handbooks.


    A variety of text material will be given in this course. The primary text material will be MyCaert Agriculture Education State Curriculum readings. Text material will also include, but is not limited to, various textbook chapters, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, Internet articles, news articles, and short narrative briefs.

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