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Brenham · Agricultural Sciences · Agriculture - AGRI

Agriculture Construction I

  • Fall 2021
  • Section 001 CRN-10984
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/30/2021 to 12/16/2021
  • Modified 08/25/2021

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 8:00 AM to 9:50 AM, Rankin Ag Shop 130

Contact Information

Instructor: Ben Burroughs

Office Hours

  • RACS 104

Office hours MW 10-12 or 1-3, TR 1-3 Friday by appointment only. You must schedule an appointment with me through email prior to meeting.


Safety procedures, selection, use, and maintenance of hand and power tools; metal cutting and welding; and construction materials and principles.





Core Curriculum Statement

This course is not a core curriculum course.



1. Demonstrate proper safety procedures in an agricultural construction laboratory.

2. Determine the proper usage of common hand and power tools.

3. Demonstrate principles of project layout (e.g. measurements, squaring, leveling).

4. Demonstrate proper use of metal cutting and welding equipment.

5. Apply basic wiring and plumbing techniques.

6. Illustrate the principles of surveying and concrete layout.


Text: Identifying Lumber and Computing Bill of Materials 2003 Estimating Materials Needed For Concrete 2004 Electrical Wiring 2002 Safely Using Power Tools 1999 Selection of Wood and Other Building Materials 2005 all of the above materials are from Instructional Material Services

Course Requirements

  1. The student will demonstrate proper safety in a welding fabrication environment
  2. The student will demonstrate SMAW/GMAW welding procedures
  3. The student  will prepare a bill of materials for a selected woodworking project. The bill of materials will be  90%  accurate
  4. The student will demonstrate power tool safety and correctly pass a tool safety test with 90% accuracy.
  5. The student will construct a power tool test project (the thing) to 1/16” accuracy
  6. The student will demonstrate electrical wiring circuits on the electrical test panel to 1/16” accuracy.
  7. The student will draw a complete set of  plans for the semester wood construction project and the plans must march the constructed project to 1/16”  per foot.



Tests                                           400 points 4 Hands on exams at 100 points each
Lab Exercises            100 points lab exercises designated by the instructor
Drawings/ Drafting/BOM                       50/50/50 Drawing - taking an idea and putting it to paper. There are no dimensions, clear lines of scale used. Drafting - using an engineering ruler, setup a drafting page, using a scale draw the drawing to actual dimensions using a scale on the ruler, must have dimensions, straight clear lines, dimension lines, hidden lines, student name, title of project, date of drawing and scale used. Bill of Materials (BOM) - an excel spreadsheet that is built to establish the cost of the project. It will include all materials associated with building the project, tools will not be included in this list as they are provided. 
Lab Proficiency Quizzes                            200 points quizzes that gauge the student efficiency and proficiency of the process that is being covered in lab
Final 150 points culmination of skills learned in labs and preformed for final evaluation
A= 900-1000              
B= 800-899              
C= 700-799              
D= 600-699              
F= <599              

Blinn College Policies

All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Regulations are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s Blinn Buc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for Blinn Buc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Information about the changes Blinn has made to the Fall semester: Back with Blinn.

Course Policies

1. Be on time for class

2. If you are going to miss class for any reason, contact the instructor via email

3. Wear the proper attire to class, if the student shows up in inappropriate attire for class they will be sent away. If they are sent away and do not return they will be counted absent. 

4. Complete all assignments by the due date. No late work is accepted. 


Week       Meeting Details Meeting Contact Hours Weekly Contact Hours
1 T 8/31/2021   Class orientation and online login 1.5 3
R 9/2/2021   Shop safety, Measuring Tape, and safety quiz 1.5
  T 9/7/2021   Oxy -Fuel Safety and lighting quiz 1.5 3
R 9/9/2021   Oxy Fuel Cutting quiz and station assignment 1.5
3 T 9/14/2021   Intro to SMAW and practice 1.5 3
W 9/15/2021 Day of Record    
R 9/16/2021   Welding with  Alternating Current (6011) 1.5
4 T 9/21/2021   Welding with Direct Current (6010) 1.5 3
R 9/23/2021   Welding with Direct Current (7018) 1.5
5 T 9/28/2021   Quiz over SMAW (AC & DC) 1.5 3
R 9/30/2021   Intro to GMAW welding (MIG) and gases used 1.5
6 T 10/5/2021   Quiz over parts of GMAW Machine and setup following chart 1.5 3
R 10/7/2021   GMAW welding Flat and Vertical 1.5
7 T 10/12/2021   GMAW welding Flat and Vertical 1.5 3
R 10/14/2021   Quiz over GMAW Flat push and pull 1.5
8 T 10/19/2021   Quiz over GMAW Vertical Up and Down 1.5 3
R 10/21/2021   Intro to Spool Gun maint and setup 1.5
9 T 10/26/2021   GMAW Spool Gun welding (Al) and FCAW 1.5 3
R 10/28/2021   Quiz over Spool Gun (Al) and FCAW welding 1.5
  T 11/2/2021   Introduction to Wood Shop and safety 1.5 3
R 11/4/2021   Types of Wood 1.5
11 T 11/9/2021   Fastners and glues 1.5 3
R 11/11/2021   Machine safety and proper use 1.5
12 T 11/16/2021   Drafting and Bill of Materials 1.5 3
R 11/18/2021   Drafting and Bill of Materials 1.5
13 T 11/23/2021   Drafting and Bill of Materials 1.5 3
R 11/25/2021 Thanksgiving   1.5
14 T 11/30/2021   Machine ID and Drafting /Bill of Materials quiz 1.5 3
R 12/2/2021   Draft and Start on Bill of materials for  1.5
15 T 12/7/2021   Wood Machine Maintaince 1.5 3
R 12/9/2021   Wood Machine Maintaince 1.5
16 M 12/13/2021     3 3
T 12/14/2021   Final 
W 12/15/2021        
R 12/16/2021      
          Total Contact Hours 48