|Module Title||AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING AND FARM MACHINERY|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Iwan G Owen|
|Other staff||Mr Michael Barrett|
|Course delivery||Lecture||10 x 2 hour lectures|
|Practical||5 x 3 hour practicals|
Select an appropriate agricultural tractor and machinery for a specified range of applications.
Tractor sub-systems are identified (engine, transmission, hydraulics, hitches, cabs, controls)
Strengths and weaknesses of sub-system features are described (engine, transmission, hydraulics, hitches, cabs, controls)
Sub-system features are related to specific tractor / implement operations (engine, transmission, hydraulics, hitches, cabs, controls)
Prescribed methods are used to calculate operating costs (fixed and variable costs, usage, working life)
Demonstrate the skills required to manage safe and efficient tractor/implement operations.
Methods of improving tractive performance are identified (soil properties, tyre type and working condition)
Causes and means of reducing tractor instability and control loss are identified (surface, slope, tractor and implement characteristics, preparation, field procedures)
Implements are selected and set appropriately (calibration, accuracy of distribution)
Mechanical theories are related to field performance (forces, weight transfer)
Basic tractor/implement operations, maintenance and repaire are performed (procedures, routine maintenance, tractor, trailed/mounted operations).
This module is at CQFW Level 4