This course covers the equipment used as part of a turfgrass maintenance operation. The course emphasizes safe, efficient operation of equipment along with selection of equipment in a maintenance operation. The course also introduces the maintenance of small engines, hydraulic and electrical systems common to turfgrass equipment.
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By the end of this course, sucessful students will be able to:
Effecitvely make equipment purchasing/usage decisions for the facility under their agreement
Calibrate spraying and spreading equipment
Troubleshoot common turfgrass maintenance equipment issues
Instruct operators under their supervision on the safe use of equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Understand the affect of equipment operation on trufgrass health
Perform basic set-up and adjustment to mowing equipment
Theoretical and practical applications of equipment selection, safe use and maintenance. Practical exercises will involve the overhaul and grinding of cutting reels, calibrating spraying and spreading equipment, and troubleshooting small engines.
Topics to be covered in lectures include:
Application equipment calibration
The affects of mowing on trufgrass systems
Mowing equipment maintenance
Small engine theory and troubleshooting
Topics to be covered in labs include:
Calibrating spraying and spreading equipment
Set-up and maintenance of cutting units
overview, induction and ignition systems
- Diesel engines
Soil cultivation types and practices
Safe equipment operation training practice
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Small Engines, by R. Bruce Radcliff (Author) Publisher: American Tech Publishers; 4 edition (March 7 2016), ISBN-10: 082690033X, ISBN-13: 978-0826900333
Text and graphical resources are availbale on D2L Courselink site.
Refer to 2017-2018 Diploma Programn Calendar, Section VIII (Associate Diploma Regulations and Procedures).
Late work will not be accepted unless in cases Academic Consideration.
Course Policy on Group Work:
Students will be assigned a semester project to be performed in groups, but will submit completed projects individually. The project will have a portion of the mark coming from individuality of the submitted materials.
Course Policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of lectures:
Electronic recording of classes is expressly forbidden without consent of the instructor. When recordings are permitted they are solely for the use of the authorized student and may not be reproduced, or transmitted to others, without the express written consent of the instructor.
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