Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems
The Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems CDE balances the problem-solving abilities of each team with individual knowledge and skill performance in systematic areas. The participants take a written test and demonstrate their skills through hands-on activities in the following system areas: machinery and equipment systems, electrical systems, energy systems, environmental and natural resources systems and structural systems.
State Winning Team 2018: Stanwood (Main, Carlson, Olson, Hougan)
2017: Mount Baker, coached by Todd Rightmire
2016: Lynden Christian, coached by Gerrit Van Weerdhuizen
2015: Garfield Palouse, coached by Mike Patrick
Email from Event Coordintor (3/16/18):
Ag Mechanics Coaches,
Attached are the updates for the State Ag. Mechanics contest to be held on Friday, April 13th at Perry Technical Institute. We will start registration at 8:00 am and run it until 8:45. Please try to make that window for registration, so that we can start the contest on time. If you are late, your team will be sent to their first rotation, but will not get extra time to complete it.
As you'll see, the baler isn't totally nailed down yet, but it will be a baler and I will let you know more specifics when I get them.
I've had a meeting with the staff at Perry Tech and they are again exciting to have us come over to see and use their facility. They have asked me to pass along a few thing about the contest that would help things run a little smoother this year. One thing that would be helpful, if you don't already do this, would be to have your students bring their own wire brushes and chipping hammers. The have a limited supply on hand. Two, would be for the groups to make sure that they move quickly between rotations, because the instructors want to be able to give the teams instructions and still have enough time for them to complete the skill. Last year they felt the teams were getting rushed because they didn't get to the skill on time. We have plenty of time between rotations to make it to your next rotation on time.
Every group will have a break sometime during the contest.
Lunch will be provided after the contest and will be sponsored by Perry Tech. So please make sure you have your students thank them for their generosity. And, don't forget the $1000.00 tuition scholarship for any graduating senior that signs up for their Agriculture Machinery or Precision Manufacturing Programs in June.
If you have any questions about the contest don't hesitate to send me an email or phone call (360) 708-1075, and I will try to get back to your as soon as possible.
Thanks, Randy Brown