Agricultural Technology & Mechanical Systems  
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This event tests both technical and agricultural mechanics skills. A team of three or four members must demonstrate their ability to work with others while solving problems. During the event, members complete a written exam and demonstrate problem-solving and hands-on performance skills. The event takes a “systems” approach and emphasizes machinery and equipment systems, related industry and marketing systems, energy systems, structural systems and environmental/natural resource systems.
State winning team advances to the national competition that is held during the National FFA Convention in late October.

Genuine Judging Card Scan sheet #105481 is required for this contest! 

The 2024 State ATMS CDE will include the following Skill Areas:
(The skills within each area will be limited to those described below) 

Machinery & Equipment: Round Hay Baler

  • Identify safe machinery operational practices.
  • Identify the recommended service and maintenance operations from the operator’s manual.
  • Select lubricants for machinery and equipment.
  • Identify functions of machinery components.
  • Identify parts and functions of hydraulic systems.
  • Match tractors to implement.
  • Install, operate, maintain, adjust and evaluate machine systems for field conditions

Electrical: AC Wiring limited to 120 volt branch circuits

  • Single pole switches; SPST
  • 3-way, 4-way switches; DPST, DPDT
  • GFCI Circuits
  • Duplex Receptacles,
  • Light Fixtures
  • Service Entry Panel / breakers

Compact Equipment:  Limited to Small Engines, single or multi cylinder engines (30 HP or less) may include OHV engines.

  • Perform recommended periodic service jobs (as found in operator’s manuals).
  • Use measuring tools and test instruments (e.g. micrometer, telescoping gauges, calipers, dial indicator, compression tester, torque wrench, VOA [volt-ohm-amp] meter, DMM [digital multi-meter], timing devices, tachometer and dynamometer for determining test procedures.
  • Remove, service and replace electrical components.
  • Test and service batteries, charging, lighting, warning and cranking systems
  • Select and use engine overhaul equipment, including valve, cylinder, piston, seal and bearing tools.
  • Service and maintain fuel, air intake and exhaust, cooling and lubrication systems

Environmental and Natural Resources: (Team Activity) Limited to Surveying

  • Conduct Land Surveying practices (profile leveling, differential leveling).
  • Determine land shaping and grading requirements
  • Layout grade stakes for cuts/fills
  • Layout and map contour lines

Structures: (Team Activity) Limited to Wood Structures

  • Determine the size, specifications and layout of building.
  • Develop a bill of materials
  • Interpret plans and working drawings
  • Stud framing layout and construction
  • Rafter layout and construction
  • Operate hand and power tools such as drills and saws

  Corporate Sponsors
  CEV Multimedia  

  2024 State Event

Date: April 26

Location: Sam Houston State University

Superintendent: Dr. Richard Ford


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