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Agri-Technology (SOC CODE: 19-4011.01)

Job Description Overview

Set up or maintain laboratory equipment and collect samples from crops or animals. Prepare specimens or record data to assist scientists in biology or related life science experiments.

Related Careers

  • Agricultural Technicians
  • Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians
  • Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other
  • Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
  • Food Science Technicians
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
  • Electronics Engineering Technicians
  • Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
  • Automotive Specialty Technicians

Sample Job Duties

  • Record data pertaining to experimentation, research, or animal care.
  • Measure or weigh ingredients used in laboratory testing.
  • Prepare data summaries, reports, or analyses that include results, charts, or graphs to document research findings and results.
  • Perform crop production duties, such as tilling, hoeing, pruning, weeding, or harvesting crops.
  • Set up laboratory or field equipment as required for site testing.
  • Prepare laboratory samples for analysis, following proper protocols to ensure that they will be stored, prepared, and disposed of efficiently and effectively.
  • Examine animals or crop specimens to determine the presence of diseases or other problems.
  • Collect animal or crop samples.
  • Supervise pest or weed control operations, including locating and identifying pests or weeds, selecting chemicals and application methods, or scheduling application.
  • Record environmental data from field samples of soil, air, water, or pests to monitor the effectiveness of integrated pest management (IPM) practices.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Agri-Technology: AS Degree

      Natural Sciences Division
      Degree S0101

      The program of courses in Agriculture is designed to enable students to prepare for a career in this essential and diverse profession. The department offers a comprehensive Agricultural Sciences program and is unique in that most courses provide hands-on experiences designed to give the students a combination of practical skills and technical knowledge.

      The following programs list all courses needed to satisfy major requirements. Students may obtain certificates upon completion of required courses listed. Additional courses needed for completion of the Degree are listed in this catalog. It is recommended that all students consult with the department chairperson, faculty advisor, or counselor to file an educational plan.

      These programs are intended to prepare students for employment following graduation. Students desiring a bachelor’s degree should consult with the department chairperson, counselor or advisor to discuss transferability of courses. The curriculum is flexible in nature to allow for previous experience and specialization in a given area of agriculture and agricultural business.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      AGAG 1Food Production, Land Use, and Politics - A Global Perspective3
      AGAG 91Agricultural Calculations3
      AGAN 1Animal Science3
      AGOR 1Horticultural Science3
      AGOR 32Landscaping and Nursery Management3
      AGOR 56Engine Diagnostics3
      AGOR 71Construction Fundamentals3
      Choose three from the following:9-10
      AGLI 14
      Swine Production
      AGLI 16
      Horse Production and Management
      AGLI 17
      Sheep Production
      AGLI 30
      Beef Production
      AGOR 24
      Integrated Pest Management
      AGOR 62
      Irrigation Principles and Design
      AGPE 70
      Pet Shop Management
      AGPE 71
      Canine Management
      Total Units30-31

      Animal Sciences Website
      Agricultural Sciences Website

    • Animal Science Fundamentals

      Natural Sciences Division
      Certificate E0360

      This certificate program is designed for students to acquire basic knowledge in the fundamentals of Animal Science. This can be utilized to gain entry level employment on farms, ranches and in agricultural sales and services. It is also the first step in the pathway to a career in becoming an educator in Agricultural Sciences. All courses are applicable for degree requirements.

      Required Courses

      AGAN 1Animal Science3
      AGAN 2Animal Nutrition3
      AGAN 51Animal Handling and Restraint3
      AGAN 94Animal Breeding3
      AGLI 96Animal Sanitation and Disease Control3
      Total Units15

      Animal Sciences Website 

    • Horse Ranch Management: Level I

      Natural Sciences Division
      Certificate E0361

      This certificate program is designed to give students basic skills for employment on horse ranches and in agriculture sales and services. All courses are applicable for degree requirements in Horse Ranch Management and Livestock Management.

      Required Courses

      AGAN 2Animal Nutrition3
      AGLI 16Horse Production and Management4
      AGLI 18Horse Ranch Management4
      Total Units11

      Animal Sciences Website 

    • Horse Ranch Management: Level II

      Natural Sciences Division
      Certificate L0376

      The Horse Ranch Management - Level II certificate will provide students with intermediate skills that will lead to a career in the equine industry. These courses will concentrate on care and maintenance, basic anatomy and physiology of horses, and breeding procedures. This certificate may aid in the student’s search for an entry level position at a horse facility.

      Required Courses

      Completion of the Horse Ranch Management - Level I coursework11
      PLUS
      Completion of the Horse Ranch Management - Level II coursework7
      Total Units18
      Horse Ranch Management - Level I coursework
      AGAN 2Animal Nutrition3
      AGLI 16Horse Production and Management4
      AGLI 18Horse Ranch Management4
      Total Units11
      Horse Ranch Management - Level II coursework
      AGAG 59Work Experience in Agriculture1
      AGAN 94Animal Breeding3
      AGLI 96Animal Sanitation and Disease Control3
      Total Units7

      Animal Sciences Website 

    • Horse Ranch Management: AS Degree

      Natural Sciences Division
      Degree S0102

      Horse Ranch Management offers students a look into the science, breeding, management and training of horses using a hands-on approach. It helps to prepare students for a variety of jobs in the horse industry and is molded around a core of horse science, agriculture, and general education courses. This program is intended to prepare students for employment following graduation. Students desiring a Bachelor’s Degree (transfer) program should consult with a counselor or advisor to discuss transferability of courses.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      AGAG 59Work Experience in Agriculture 13
      AGAN 2Animal Nutrition3
      AGAN 94Animal Breeding3
      AGLI 16Horse Production and Management4
      AGLI 18Horse Ranch Management4
      AGLI 19Horse Hoof Care2
      AGLI 20Horse Behavior and Training2
      AGLI 96Animal Sanitation and Disease Control3
      AGLI 97Artificial Insemination of Livestock2
      Required Electives
      Choose six units from the following:6
      AGOR 51
      Tractor and Landscape Equipment Operations
      AGOR 53
      Small Engine Repair I
      AGOR 71
      Construction Fundamentals
      BUSM 20
      Principles of Business
      BUSM 66
      Small Business Management
      WELD 40
      Introduction to Welding
      Total Units32
      1

      Complete three units of AGAG 59.

      Animal Sciences Website 

    • Livestock Management: AS Degree

      Natural Sciences Division
      Degree S0103

      This program is designed to give students basic skills in livestock management for employment opportunities on farms, ranches, and agriculture sales and services.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      AGAG 1Food Production, Land Use, and Politics - A Global Perspective3
      AGAG 59Work Experience in Agriculture 11-4
      AGAN 1Animal Science3
      AGAN 2Animal Nutrition3
      AGAN 94Animal Breeding3
      AGLI 14Swine Production3
      AGLI 17Sheep Production3
      AGLI 30Beef Production3
      AGLI 34Livestock Judging and Selection2
      AGLI 96Animal Sanitation and Disease Control3
      AGLI 97Artificial Insemination of Livestock2
      Required Electives
      Agricultural Mechanics/Production
      Choose three units from the following:3
      AGOR 53
      Small Engine Repair I
      AGOR 51
      Tractor and Landscape Equipment Operations
      WELD 40
      Introduction to Welding
      AGLI 16
      Horse Production and Management
      Business Management
      Choose three units from the following:3
      BUSM 20
      Principles of Business
      BUSM 66
      Small Business Management
      BUSS 35
      Professional Selling
      BUSS 36
      Principles of Marketing
      Recommended Electives
      AGAG 91
      Agricultural Calculations
      Total Units35-38
      1

      Complete one to four units of AGAG 59.

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      Guided Pathway of Study

    • Livestock Production Management

      Natural Sciences Division
      Certificate E0363

      This certificate program is designed to give students basic skills in livestock production management for employment opportunities on farms, ranches, and agriculture sales and services. All courses are applicable for degree requirements.

      Required Courses

      AGLI 14Swine Production3
      AGLI 17Sheep Production3
      AGLI 30Beef Production3
      AGLI 34Livestock Judging and Selection2
      AGLI 97Artificial Insemination of Livestock2
      Total Units13

      Animal Sciences Website 

    • Pet Science

      Natural Sciences Division
      Certificate T0104

      This certificate program is designed to give students basic skills in production and marketing of pets at the wholesale and retail level. All courses are applicable for degree requirements.

      Required Courses

      AGAN 1Animal Science3
      AGAN 2Animal Nutrition3
      AGAN 51Animal Handling and Restraint3
      AGAN 94Animal Breeding3
      AGLI 96Animal Sanitation and Disease Control3
      AGPE 70Pet Shop Management3
      AGPE 71Canine Management3
      AGPE 72Feline Management3
      AGPE 73Tropical and Coldwater Fish Management2
      AGPE 74Reptile Management2
      AGPE 76Aviculture - Cage and Aviary Birds3
      BUSM 66Small Business Management3
      Total Units34

      Animal Sciences Website