Agricultural Machinery Operation NC II TESDA Course – List of Schools

Agricultural Machinery Operation National Certificate III (TESDA Course)

The Agricultural Machinery Operation NC II Qualification consists of competencies that an Agricultural Machinery Operator,  Agricultural Tractor Operator, Agricultural Post-harvest Machinery Operator or Agricultural Production Machinery Operator must have in order to operate agricultural small production machinery and equipment, operate agricultural large production machinery and equipment and operate agricultural post-production machinery and equipment.

This Qualification is packaged from the competency map of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery

A person who has achieved this Qualification is competent to be:

  • Agricultural Machinery Operator
  • Agricultural Tractor Operator
  • Agricultural Post-harvest Machinery Operator
  • Agricultural Production Machinery Operator

AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY OPERATION NC II QUALIFICATION

Course Title: AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY OPERATION NC Level II
Level: NC II
Nominal Training Duration : 284 Hours

This course is designed to provide the students/learner with knowledge, desirable attitudes and skills required to perform the following competencies in accordance with industry standards: operate agricultural small production machinery and equipment, operate agricultural large production machinery and equipment, operate agricultural post-production machinery and equipment.

These guidelines are set to provide the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) providers with information and other important requirements to consider when designing training programs for AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY OPERATION NC II

TRAINEE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Trainees or students wishing to gain entry into this course should possess the following requirements:

  1. Able to read and write;
  2. Able to communicate, both orally and in writing; and
  3. Fundamental arithmetical skills (four basic operations)
  4. Physically able*

COMPETENCY STANDARDS in AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY OPERATION NC II

This units of competency comprising this qualification include the following:

CORE COMPETENCIES (192 Hours)

UNIT CODE CORE COMPETENCIES
AFF834367 Operate agricultural small production machinery and equipment
AFF834368 Operate agricultural large production machinery and equipment
AFF834369 Operate agricultural post-production machinery and equipment

OPERATE AGRICULTURAL SMALL PRODUCTION MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT (AFF834367) – This unit covers the  knowledge, skills and attitudes required to operate agricultural production machinery and equipment powered by small engines. This also includes to select of agricultural small production machineries, prepare agricultural machineries for operations, operate agricultural machineries and perform post-operation activities.

  1. Select agricultural small production machineries
    • Field is assessed as per established practice
    • Land condition is determined based on industry standard
    • Crop condition is evaluated based on industry standard
    • Agricultural machineries are identified based on assessment result
  2. Prepare agricultural machineries for operations
    • Agricultural machineries are checked and adjusted in accordance with job requirements
    • Tools and materials are prepared according to work requirements
    • Attachments are checked and adjusted following manufacturer’s manual
    • Resources are readied to meet the work requirements
  3. Operate agricultural machineries
    • Personal Protective Equipment are selected and worn as per work requirement
    • Machine is operated following operator’s manual
    • Malfunctions are identified and corrected in accordance with operator’s manual
    • Performances are assessed according to set standards/client’s specification
    • shutdown according to operator’s manual.
  4. Perform post-operation activities
    • Wastes are managed according to environmental regulations
    • Machineries and engines are cleaned and checked prior to storage
    • Work area is cleaned and maintained according to OHS and enterprise requirements
    • Records of information are prepared in with reference to enterprise format
    • Basic preventive maintenance is performed according to manufacturer’s manuals

OPERATE AGRICULTURAL LARGE PRODUCTION MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT (AFF834368) – This unit covers the  knowledge, skills and attitudes required to operate agricultural production machinery and equipment with more than 20kW power rating. This also includes to select agricultural large production machineries, prepare agricultural machineries for operations, operate agricultural machineries and perform post-operation activities.

  1. Select agricultural large production machineries
    • Field is assessed as per established practice
    • Land condition is determined based on industry standard
    • Crop condition is evaluated based on industry standard
    • Agricultural machinery is identified based on assessment result
  2. Prepare agricultural machine for operations
    • Agricultural machineries are checked and adjusted in following manufacturer operator’s manual
    • Agricultural machineries are loaded and unloaded on carrier in accordance with manufacturer operator’s manual
    • Tools and materials are prepared based on work requirements
    • Attachments are checked and adjusted in accordance with manufacturer’s manual
    • Resources are made available to meet the work requirements
  3. Operate agricultural machineries
    • Personal Protective Equipment are worn per work requirement
    • Machine is operated according to operator’s manual.
    • Malfunctions are identified and corrected in accordance with the standard operating procedures
    • Performances are assessed according to set standards or client’s specification
    • Machine is shutdown according to standard practices
  4. Perform post-operation activities
    • Wastes are managed according to environmental regulations
    • Machine and engine are cleaned and checked prior to storage
    • Work area is cleaned and maintained according to OHS and enterprise requirements.
    • Records of information are prepared in appropriate format Basic preventive maintenance is performed according to manufacturer’s instructions and/or standard practices

OPERATE AGRICULTURAL POST-PRODUCTION MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT (AFF834369) – This unit covers the knowledge, skills and attitudes required in operating post-production machinery and equipment. It also includes to prepare post-production machineries, to operate machineries and monitor performance and to perform post-operation activities.

  1. Prepare postproduction machineries
    • Post production machineries are checked and adjusted in accordance with established standards and manufacturer’s manual
    • Tools and materials are prepared as per work requirements
    • Accessories are prepared and checked as per work requirement and established standards and manufacturer’s manual
  2. Operate machineries and monitor performance
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are selected and worn as per work requirement
    • Machine is operated according to established standards and manufacturer’s manual
    • Abnormal conditions are identified and corrected in accordance with the standard operating procedures
    • Performances are assessed according to set standards and clients’ specifications
    • Malfunctions are recorded for appropriate adjustment by proper personnel
    • Machine is shutdown according to established standards and manufacturer’s manual
  3. Perform post-operation activities
    • Wastes are managed according to environmental regulations
    • Machine and engine are cleaned and stored as per established standards and manufacturer’s manual
    • Work area is cleaned and maintained according to OHS and enterprise requirements.
    • Records of information are prepared in appropriate format
    • Basic preventive maintenance is performed according to manufacturer’s instructions and/or standard practices

RANGE OF VARIABLES

  1. Land condition includes:
    • Low land
    • High land
  2. Crop condition includes:
    • Pest incidence
    • Water shortage
    • Nutrient shortage
  3. Agricultural machineries include:
    • Hand tractor/power tiller
    • Seeder/planter/digger
    • Irrigation pump
    • Weeder/Cultivator
    • Grass cutter
    • Power sprayer
  4. Agricultural Machines with more than 20kW power rating:
    • 4-Wheel tractor
    • Irrigation pump
    • Grass cutter
    • Power sprayer
  5. Post production Machineries may include but are not limited to:
    • Harvester
    • Dryer
    • Mill
    • Thresher
    • Sheller
    • Decorticator
    • Dehusker/Depulper
  6. Malfunctions may include but is not limited to:
    • Erratic engine speed
    • Belt slippage
    • Unplowed field/area
    • No water discharged
    • Pesticide leak
  7. Performances may include but are not limited to:
    • Even seeding rate
    • Straight row planting
    • Uniform transplanted seedlings
    • Acceptable field efficiency
    • Discharge capacity
    • Efficiency of machines
    • Capacity of machines
  8. Waste may include but are not limited to:
    • Excess seeds after operation
    • Sacks
    • Remaining seedlings after operation
    • Pesticide bottle
    • Used Teflon seals
    • Used fertilizer
    • Container/sacks
  9. Records of information
    • Machine failure
    • Fuel consumption
    • Area operated
    • Hours of operation
    • Manpower requirements
    • Date of operation
  10. Basic preventive maintenance
    • Dismantling and assembling procedures
    • Safety and pre-start checks
    • Testing
    • Tightening
    • Minor adjustments and repairs (e.g. belt tension/pulley alignment, engine speed)
    • Routine servicing procedures (e.g. cleaning, lubricating, priming pumps, cleaning filters, checks of cooling systems, fuel, grease and oil, battery levels)

BASIC COMPETENCIES (20 Hours)

UNIT CODE BASIC COMPETENCIES
500311105 Participate in workplace communication
500311106 Work in team environment
500311107 Practice career professionalism
500311108 Practice occupational health and safety procedures

PARTICIPATE IN WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION (500311105) – This unit covers the knowledge, skills and attitudes
required to gather, interpret and convey information in response to workplace requirements.

  1. Obtain and convey workplace information
  2. Complete relevant work related documents
  3. Participate in workplace meeting and discussion

WORK IN TEAM ENVIRONMENT (500311106) – This unit covers the skills, knowledge and attitudes to identify role and responsibility as a member of a team.

  1. Describe and identify team role and responsibility in a team.
  2. Describe work as a team

PRACTICE CAREER PROFESSIONALISM (500311107) – This unit covers the knowledge, skills and attitudes in promoting career growth and advancement.

  1. Integrate personal objectives with organizational goals
  2. Set and meet work priorities
  3. Maintain professional growth and development

PRACTICE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES (500311108) – This unit covers the outcomes  required to comply with regulatory and organizational requirements for occupational health and safety.

  1. Identify hazard and risks
  2. Evaluate hazard and risks
  3. Control hazards and risks
  4. Maintain occupational health and safety awareness

COMMON COMPETENCIES (72 Hours)

UNIT CODE COMMON COMPETENCIES
AFF321201 Apply Safety Measures in Farm Operations
AFF321202 Use Farm Tools and Equipment
AFF321203 Perform Estimation and Basic Calculation

APPLY SAFETY MEASURES IN FARM OPERATIONS (AFF321201) – This unit covers the knowledge, skills and attitudes
required to perform safety measures effectively and efficiently. It includes identifying areas, tools, materials, time and place in performing safety measures.

  1. Determine areas of concern for safety measures
  2. Apply appropriate safety measures
  3. Safekeep/dispose of tools, materials and outfit

USE FARM TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT (AFF321202) – This unit covers the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to use farm tools and equipment. It includes selection, operation and preventive maintenance of farm tools and equipment.

  1. Select and use farm tools
  2. Select and operate farm equipment
  3. Perform preventive maintenance

PERFORM ESTIMATION AND BASIC CALCULATION (AFF321203) – This unit covers the knowledge, skills and attitudes
required to perform basic workplace calculations.

  1. Perform estimation
  2. Perform basic workplace calculation

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT IN AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY OPERATION NC II

Recommended list of tools, equipment and materials for the training of AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY OPERATION NC II

TOOLS EQUIPMENT MATERIALS
Set of box wrench, 8 pieces Power sprayer Rubber Boots
6” and 12” adjustable Boom Sprayer Dust Mask
Sets Allen wrench Sprayer, knapsack, stainless Hand Gloves
Steel tape measure Hand tractor Hand tractor, 10 hp diesel engine with Earmuff/Earplug
Ballpeen hammer Harvester, 1.2 meter reaper Hand Gloves, cotton knitted rubber coated
Vice grip Wheel tractor Long Sleeve Shirt
Pliers Irrigation pump, 2 x 2, 5.5 HP gasoline Cover all clothing
Pliers, long nose Irrigation pump, 4 x 4, 10 HP diesel First Aid kit
C-clamp Grass cutter Teflon Tape
Locking Pliers Thresher Fuel and Oil
Grease Guns Sheller Engine Base
Sets Flat screw driver Decorticator Engine Base
Sets Flat screw driver Decorticator Belt
Sets Philips
screw driver
Size reduction
machine/mill
Pulley
24” adjustable wrench Dehusker/depulper Rags
Scythe Dryer Seeds
Air compressor Plastic twine
Tachometer Trailer (for transport of implements of hand tractor) Sacks (for seeds and waste)
Measuring can Pressurized water sprayer Planting materials
Weighing Scale (100kg) Crop samples
Weighing Scale, 30 kg capacity Fertilizer
Weighing Scale (10kg) Chemicals assorted
Thermometer Office supplies
Moisture meter Envelope
Agricultural – Implements Bond Paper
Moldboard /disc plow White Board
Harrow Pen Maker
Trailer (for transport of implements of hand tractor) Pad Paper
Rotavator
Leveller
Seeder/Planter/Digger
Weeder/Cultivator
Diesel engine (single cylinder engine) – 5 Hp
Gasoline engine (single cylinder) – 5 Hp
Agricultural – Accessories
Guide stick
Floater
Furrow opener and closer
Pressure gauge
Lance
Box –Nozzle (different sizes)
Hose
Grease
Sanding paper #220
Pipe connector

ASSESSMENT AND CERTIFICATION ARRANGEMENT

Competency Assessment is the process of collecting evidence and making judgments whether competency has been achieved. The purpose of assessment is to confirm that an individual can perform to the standards expected at the workplace as expressed in relevant competency standards.

The assessment process is based on evidence or information gathered to prove achievement of competencies. The process may be applied to a full qualification or employable unit(s) of competency in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the national qualification.

NATIONAL ASSESSMENT AND CERTIFICATION ARRANGEMENTS

The Full National Qualification of The Full National Qualification of AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY OPERATION NC II shall be acquired through the accumulation of Certificates of Competency in the following units of competencies: shall be acquired through the accumulation of Certificates of Competency in the following units of competencies:

  • COC 1 Operate agricultural small production machinery and equipment
  • COC 2 Operate agricultural large production machinery and equipment
  • COC 3 Operate agricultural post-production machinery and equipment

Upon accumulation and submission of all the above COCs acquired, an individual shall be issued the corresponding National Certificate signed by the TESDA Director General. Certificates of Competency (COCs) shall be issued to candidates who have been assessed as competent in any of the above COCs (COC 1, COC 2, COC 3).

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

  • 4-Wheel Tractor – wheeled power source having two axles, design to carry work by
    pulling or propel various agricultural machines and implements. They are classified
    according to horsepower rating Agricultural machinery – consists of agricultural
    tractors, self-propelled and pedestrian-operated machines, implements, and other
    equipment primarily used for agricultural operations
  • Attachment – anything that is specifically approved by the manufacturer of farm
    machinery
  • Coconut coir decorticator – machine to crush matured coconut husk through
    impact or beating action to separate coco fiber and coconut peat from the husk
  • Coffee pulper – machine to remove and separate the soft pulp of ripe coffee cherry
    without making any damage to the parchment coffee
  • Corn husker-sheller – machine used to remove the husk of corn ear, detach,
    separate and clean the corn kernels from the cobs in one operation
  • Corn sheller – machine used to detach, separate and clean the corn kernels from
    the cobs
  • Cultivator – field cultivator implement for seedbed preparation, weed eradication, or
    fallow cultivation subsequent to some form of primary tillage, equipped with spring
    steel shank
  • Disc harrow – implement used to pulverize the soil to attain a better soil tilth for the
    seed germination and growth
  • Disc plow – implement with individually mounted concave disc blades which cut,
    partially or completely invert soil slices to bury surface material, and pulverize the
    soil
  • Dryer – machinery device used to lower down or remove available water from the
    crop through evaporation by the application of heated air
  • Fiber decorticator – mechanical device used for extracting fibers by crushing,
    beating and scraping actions effected by the rotating cylinder with equally spaced
    blades and breaker or scraper block
  • Grass cutter – a machine or device for cutting grass
  • Hammer mill – device use for grinding which is a result of the impact between the
    particles and hammers, which are mounted on a shaft rotating along a horizontal
    axis
  • Hand tractor/power tiller– self-propelled machine having a single axle designed
    primarily to pull and propel trailed or mounted agricultural implements and machinery
  • Harvester – machinery device used to gather the useful portion of the crop from the
    field
  • Irrigation pump – pump device used to lift or transfer water from one source to
    another
  • Lever-operated knapsack sprayer (LOKS) backpack sprayer – sprayer which is
    operated manually with a lever and can be carried on the back of an operator for
    spraying
  • Multicrop micromill – machine that grinds dried product meal of various crops into
    finer particles suitable for the purpose of food seasoning or as flour
  • Peanut sheller – machine used to remove kernels from the shell by
    breaking/splitting the pods
  • Power Sprayer – equipment powered by an electric motor or by an engine used to
    spray fertilizer or pesticide to a certain height
  • Seeder/Planter/Digger– machinery device whether self-propelled or pulled/hitch to
    a wheeled vehicle, used to place seeds or plant into the soil for propagation and
    production of crops
  • Small engine – internal combustion engines with one or two cylinders of up to 20
    kW rating used for agricultural purposes
  • Weeder – implement used to remove/destroy the weeds from an agricultural land

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