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Agricultural/John Deere Technology program, on the Senatobia campus, is a five-semester, two-year program designed to upgrade the technical skills and professionalism of new John Deere service technicians. Preparing students to excel in today’s high-tech, fast—paced field of agricultural mechanization—a career path with excellent employment opportunities.
Students learn in an environment that stresses a balanced rotation of classroom theory and hands-on labs outfitted with advanced training aids and the latest ag equipment. Students gain valuable practical insight and real-world experience by applying what they’ve learned working as paid interns at John Deere dealerships-a wonderful opportunity for students to “earn while they learn.” Students who complete the two-year program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree and have an opportunity to leave the program with their certifications in hand and a job waiting for them.
The John Deere Tech curriculum, designed by John Deere and Northwest Mississippi Community College, addresses the full range of technological advances in agricultural mechanization, focusing on both John Deere’s Agricultural and it Commercial & Consumer Equipment product lines. Students learn about diesel engine systems, powertrains, hydraulics, machine setup and adjustment, as well as high-tech AMS electronics, schematics and diagnostics computers. Students also gain practical experience and expertise working with the computer-assisted resource materials used throughout the John Deere service network, such as Service ADVISER. The program also emphasizes communication skills and other non-core disciplines essential to a successful career in ag service.
This is an instructional program that prepares individuals to select, operate, maintain, service and use agricultural power units, machinery and equipment. The program covers internal combustion engines service and overhaul, electrical systems, hydraulic systems, power trains, air conditioning, grain harvesting equipment, spray equipment, row crop planting systems, cotton harvesting equipment, hay harvesting equipment, compact engines equipment servicing, cutting and welding, and service repair center management and operations. The Associate of Applied Science degree will be granted to students who complete the curriculum.
To be considered for the Ag/John Deere Tech Program you must:
1) Meet all Northwest Mississippi Community College admission requirements.
- The following must be on file in the Registrar’s Office before registration:
- A completed application for admission
- An official copy of ACT or SAT scores (ACT required for Mississippi residents)
- An official copy of a transcript from an accredited high school that includes a graduation date; or an official copy of GED scores; or an official copy of college or military transcript(s) from all colleges attended; or if attending another college full-time and attending Northwest part-time, attending an evening class or during a summer semester, a letter of good standing from the full-time college attended.
2) Take and pass all required mechanical ability entrance tests
3) Meet the ACT requirement of 15
4) Obtain and maintain sponsorship with a qualified John Deere dealership * Please contact one of the instructors for details about sponsorship.
Meet the Instructional Team
The instructional team of Jeremy Massey and Shane Louwerens offers experience coupled with a personal, hands-on approach to meeting the needs of students. The offices are located in the Agriculture Technology/John Deere building.
Instructor: Jeremy Massey | Phone: 662-560-4185
Instructor: Shane Louwerens | Phone: 662-560-4184
Instructor: Perk Johnston | Phone: 662-562-3702
Current Program Forms
- Fluke 177 or equivalent .
- Must be able to read volt, ohms and amps.
- The meter needs to have a separate milliamp and Amp jack.
Tool Box Specification:
- One, Two or Three stackable tool boxes.
- No wider than 36 inches starting Fall 2015.
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