Higher Education

Agricultural Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications, 5th Edition

  • Ray V. Herren University of Georgia, Athens (Emeritus)
  • ISBN-10: 1401859569  |  ISBN-13: 9781401859565
  • 800 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2002, 1997, 1991
  • © 2006 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $163.00
  • Newer Edition Available

About

Overview

Agricultural Mechanics: Fundamentals & Applications continues to be the most widely used textbook for high school Agricultural Mechanics programs nationwide because of its student friendly layout and its comprehensive coverage. Topics covered range from welding to tool identification, from diesel engine maintenance to masonry. The units are presented in a logical, easy to follow format allowing students to comprehend concepts and apply them in hands on applications. Objectives and competencies to be developed are included in each section, along with a list of new terms, a materials list, student activities, and self-evaluations. The new fifth edition has been updated throughout to address the changing technologies that help shape the world of agriculture.

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Features and Benefits

  • New Unit on Fence Design and Construction
  • The author's easy-to-read writing style allows students to comprehend the principles and applications of nearly every phase of the field.
  • Chapters are logically presented and thorough, positioning agricultural mechanics in the broad context of technology, science, and engineering.
  • Full coverage is given to aspects of agricultural mechanics, providing the latest information in tools and technology.
  • Updated from cover to cover ensuring the most current trends in emerging technologies are addressed.

Table of Contents

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

What's New

  • Updated unit on Welding, now includes coverage of Plasma!!
  • Additional questions have been added to the end of each unit.
  • Relevant websites have been included for additional information on the topics discussed.
  • Classroom Interactivity CD-ROM.
  • English/Spanish and Spanish/English translation in the glossary.

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Guide  (ISBN-10: 1401859577 | ISBN-13: 9781401859572)

Instructor's Manual for Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 1401859607 | ISBN-13: 9781401859602)

Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 1401859585 | ISBN-13: 9781401859589)

List Price = $141.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $107.00

Student Supplements

Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 1401859585 | ISBN-13: 9781401859589)

List Price = $141.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $107.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

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.