Agriculture Mechanics and Metal Technology
Instructor: Mr. Brandon Noto
School Phone: 409-927-3209
Tutorials: By appointment
To be prepared for careers in agricultural power, structural, and technical systems, students need to attain academic skills and knowledge; acquire technical knowledge and skills related to power, structural, and technical agricultural systems and the industry; and develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, entry requirements, industry certifications, and industry expectations. This course is designed to develop an understanding of agricultural mechanics as it relates to safety and skills in tool operation, electrical wiring, plumbing, carpentry, fencing, concrete, and metal working techniques.
Major Objectives of Course:
- Employability Skills
- Shop Safety
- Measuring and Marking
- Tool ID
- Electrical Wiring Skills
- Plumbing Skills
- Carpentry Skills
- Concrete/Fencing Skills
- Oxy-fuel Cutting and Welding
- Plasma Torch Cutting
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding
- Gas Metal Arc Welding
Personal Protective Equipment
Long Pants Preferably denim jeans with no holes or frays. Pants cannot be made of synthetic fabrics such as polyester, nylon or spandex. These materials are very flammable and will melt to the skin if they become too hot. Pants must fit appropriately and sit at the waist; loose or baggy pants can be very dangerous around the machinery and tools we use in the lab each day. You provide these.
Long Sleeve Shirt Your shirt needs to be made of cotton. Synthetic fabrics (Yes, this includes Under Armor) can be dangerous and should not be worn in the lab. Sleeves must be full length when welding. Shirt tails that are too long must remain tucked in at all times. You provide your own shirt(s).
Close-Toed Shoes Any and all shoes worn in the Ag. Mech/Power Systems labs must be closed toed to avoid injuries to the feet. Preferably you should wear a leather work boot or work shoe with a rubber sole. A steel or safety toe is not required but is recommended. Flip flops, Crocs, or sandals of any kind are forbidden in the lab. Tennis Shoes are not permissible. You provide your own footwear.
Gloves Appropriate gloves must be worn while welding to protect the hands from being burned. Leather gauntlet-style welding gloves are the ONLY gloves appropriate for welding. Other “multi-purpose” gloves may be used to protect the hands while performing other activities in the shop, but are not to be used while welding. Welding gloves will be provided by the school, but it is recommended that you bring you own to ensure proper fit and comfort.
Safety Glasses OSHA approved Z87 safety glasses with side shields ABSOLUTELY MUST BE WORN at all times while in the lab. There is no exception to this rule. If you already wear glasses, then you must wear modified safety glasses over your regular eye glasses. You are more than welcome to purchase your own safety glasses to ensure proper fit and comfort if you wish, but they must meet OSHA Z87 standards. Safety glasses lenses are to be clear, not shaded.
Class Supply Fee
Each student enrolled in Small Animal Management is required to pay a $25 course fee. Please see the campus bookkeeper for questions.
Tests/Projects – 50% Daily – 20% Quizzes – 30%
Make-up assignments or test shall be made available to students after any absence but it is the responsibility of the student to come and ask for his/her make-up work. Students shall have the same number of days to complete make-up work as they were absent from the class. If not completed in the allotted time, the work falls under the guidelines of late work.
Policies, Procedures and Discipline:
All agricultural science classrooms will follow the Santa Fe ISD teacher/student handbook.
The absolute best way to reach me to discuss grades, behavior, or any other school concerns will be by e-mail. If you call, please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can. Grades and attendance can be checked on the district website regularly.
My e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Text @santafehs to 81010
Follow us @santafehs