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ATMS (Ag Mechanics)

Committee Report

VATAT Conference 2023 – Dallas, TX


2024 Ag Mechanics CDE- Forage Production

It was decided to align the Texas FFA CDE ATMS Contest to better fit the National Contest and guided examples within each skill set. 

Machinery & Equipment- (Individual Skills)

Round Balers

  • Identify safe machinery operational practices.
  • Identify the recommended service and maintenance operations from the operator’s manual.
  • Select lubricants for machinery and equipment.
  • Identify functions of machinery components.
  • Identify parts and functions of hydraulic systems.
  • Match tractors to implement.
  • Install, operate, maintain, adjust and evaluate machine systems for field conditions

Electrical – (Individual Skill)

AC Wiring - 120 volt branch circuits

  • Single pole switches 
  • 3 way switches 
  • GFCI, Duplex Receptacles, 
  • Light Fixtures 
  • breaker box

Compact Equipment- (Individual Skill)

Small Engines - single or multi cylinder engines (roughly 30 HP or less?) OHV engines

  • Perform recommended periodic service jobs (as found in operator’s manuals).
  • Use measuring tools and test instruments such as micrometer and telescoping gauges, dial indicator,
  • compression tester, torque wrench, VOA (volt-ohm-amp) meter, DMM (digital multi-meter), timing
  • devices, tachometer and dynamometer for determining test procedures.
  • Remove, service and replace electrical components.
  • Test and service batteries, charging, lighting, warning and cranking systems
  • Select and use engine overhaul equipment, including valve, cylinder, piston, seal and bearing tools.
  • Service and maintain fuel, air intake and exhaust, cooling and lubrication systems

Environmental & NR- (Team Activity)

Surveying - 

  • Conduct Land Surveying practices (profile leveling, differential leveling)
  • determine land shaping and grading requirements
  • Lay out grade stakes for cuts/fills
  • layout and map contour lines


Structures- (Team Activity)

Wood structures - 

  • Determine the size, specifications and layout of building (stud frame)
  • develop a bill of materials
  • interpret plans and working drawings
  • rafter layout and construction
  • ·operate power tools such as drills and saws

Ag Mechanics Contest and Workshop Dates:

  • 09/01/2023 – Texas State ATMS Prep Course
  • 03/22/2024 – Texas State Invitational CDE
  • 03/23/2024 - Texas A&M ATMS Invitational
  • 03/27/2024 – SFA Invitational ATMS CDE
  • 03/28/2024 – SHSU Invitational ATMS CDE
  • 04/5/2024 – Area VII ATMS Contest Texas State
  • 04/26/2024 – State ATMS Contest SHSU


  • Continue to check for other contests throughout the year!
    • Signup early!


Additional Information:

  • Area VII Website
  • ATAT Website
  • Texas FFA Website

Tractor Technician

Committee Report

VATAT Conference 2023 – Dallas, TX


Tractor Technician Contest and Workshop Dates:

  • 10/14/2023 – Austin Co. Tractor Contest
  • 12 TBD– Grand Oaks Tractor Contest
  • 12/4/2023 – Bangs Online Tractor Contest
  • 12 TBD– Navarro Junior College Tractor Contest “NEW CONTEST”
  • 12/13/2023 – Shoppa’s Tractor Contest
  • 01/13/2024 – Freddie Englebrecht Invitational: Austin Co. Fairgrounds
  • 01/30/2024 - Area 7 Tractor Technician CDE: O’Connor High School
  • 03/3-4/2024 - First Part New Location (Bayou City)

Second Part (Bayou City) Test

Third Part (Houston Stock Show) Noon Meal Provided to top 10 Teams

  • Only Top 10 Teams out of the 12 Areas will Compete in Debugging Part Three
  • Continue to check for other contests throughout the year!
    • Signup early!


Additional Information:

  • Tractor is Massey Ferguson 4710 Open Center Station 2WD
  • The committee met with Texas FFA and decided that the “Wildcard Rule” will not apply to the Tractor Tech Contest this year.


AAE (Applied Ag Engineering)

Committee Report

VATAT Conference 2023 – Dallas, TX


2024 AAE CDE


Welding:                                                                             SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding)

Cutting:                                                                                Oxy/Ace Cutting Victor Style (Area) Harris (State) Torch

Blueprint:                                                                            Layout


State Contest:                   April 12th 2024 SHSU - Huntsville


AAE Contest and Workshop Dates:

  • 10/13/2023 – Texas State AAE Prep Course
  • 02/17/2024 – Texas A&M AAE Invitational
  • 03/26/2024 - Area VII AAE CDE
  • 04/12/2024 – State AAE CDE Contest SHSU
    • Registration for all workshops and contest are on Judging Card
      • A list of tools that you will need to bring found on the contest registration
  • Continue to check for other contests throughout the year!
    • Signup early!


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:


                Eric Davis

                Medina Valley FFA

                Cell: 210-275-4335 School: 830-931-2243 ext: 1135




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