Without modern engineering solutions, environmentally friendly land management would be exceedingly more difficult and costly. Machinery helps fewer people achieve far more from the land; however, it’s essential to understand both their potential and their limitations. This course is ideal for farmers, gardeners, landscapers, land managers, those who work with machinery or tools, or students studying agriculture, horticulture or environmental management.
The Certificate of Engineeringis an online program that will teach you about the tools and machines used in horticulture, gardening and farming, and how engineering can have a profound impact on how land is managed.
In this professional development course, you will learn about hydraulics, engine operation, machinery systems, tractors, and a variety of hand and power tools and how to maintain them safely.
On completion of this course, you will know how a variety of tools and machines work, and how farms, parks, gardens and other properties can be effectively developed and maintained with their use.
Certificate of Engineering (Machinery and Equipment)
Unit 1 – Engine operation
History of engines
Measurements and mechanical principles
Load, force, pressure, atmospheric pressure
Gravity, centre of gravity, specific gravity
Density, volumetric efficiency, vacuum, work, power, energy
Bore, piston motion, piston displacement
Converting imperial measurements to metric
Understanding a petrol engine
Engine operating cycle
The transmission system stages in 4 stroke spark ignition engine cycle
Stages in 2 stroke spark ignition engine cycle
Measuring electricity; current, voltage, resistance, Ohm’s Law
Electricity supply; batteries, mains power, generators, solar cells
Electricity and engines
Unit 2 – Hydraulics
What is hydraulics
Simple hydraulic system
3 point linkage on tractors
Calculating friction loss
Calculating discharge or flow
Measuring water available to plants
Unit 3 – Machinery components
Parts of an engine
Examples of mechanisation; potting machines, planters and drills, harvesters, graders, mowers
Unit 4 – Hand tools
Lifting objects manually
Scope of tools and equipment
Spades and shovels
Unit 5 – Power tools
Types of tools
Unit 6 – Tractors
Choosing a tractor
Choosing implements and attachments
Tractor engine fault finding
Common operating faults
Unit 7 – Equipment maintenance
Cleaning and sharpening tools
Secateurs and branch cutting tools
Shovels and spades
Saws and chainsaws
Maintaining timber handles
Maintenance procedures and schedules
Training equipment operators
Rules for operators
Engine oil additives
Unit 8 – Specific workplace requirements
Application for an industry sector
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Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 200 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
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Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
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I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.