University of Florida

AOM 4314C
Power and Machinery Management

Semester Taught - Fall

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

Functional requirements, operating principles, performance, safety, and economic application of agricultural power units for field and process operation.



Course Objectives

A student completing this course will be knowledgeable about:

  1. Machinery identification and applications
  2. Systems within machines
  3. Management of machinery systems
  4. Factors that can influence production timelines for machine usage
  5. Professional practices and communication skills about machinery systems


Dr. Richard Scholtz
107 Rogers Hall
352-392-1864 107

Material/Supply Fees


Class Materials Required


  1. Farm Power & Machinery Management, Donnel Hunt, Tenth Edition, 2001
  2. National Ag Safety Database (NASD)
  3. Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety & Health (ELCOSH)
  4. Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)
  5. John Deere
  6. How Stuff Works
  7. National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Heavy Equipment Operations Guide  
  8. Historical Construction Equipment Association (P&M energy use)

Course Outline

Session Lecture Topic Session Lecture Topic   Lab Sessions Topic
1 Introductions 15 TBA   1 Historical evolution of Agricultural Technology
2 Evolution of construction equipment technology 16 TBA   2 Safety & Ergonomics
3 Safety & ergonomics   Moultrie Sunbelt Expo (no class)   3 Tillage & ground-breaking equip id and applications
4 Evolution of automation & processing equipment systems   Moultrie Sunbelt Expo (no class)   4 Seeding equip id and applications
5 Tillage and ground-breaking equipment 17 Machine life & maintenance   5 Harvesting equip id and applications
6 Seeding & planting equipment 18 Carbon credits   6 Construction, forestry & other equipment id and applications
7 Equipment used during crop growing phases 19 EXAM 2
Portfolio Due
  7 Power Sources and units
8 Haying, sod & turf equipment 20 Futuristic trends   8 Systems within machines
9 Harvesting equipment 21 Robotics   9 Maintenance and other factors influencing machine life
10 Review of equipment identification and applications 22 Packaging   10 Resources and tools for machinery system management – e.g., ASABE Standards, etc.
11 EXAM 1 23 Machine selection, purchase, lease, cyber-security   11 Packaging/automation
12 Power sources & units 24 Machine selection, purchase, lease, cyber-security   12  Formal project poster presentations to the department  (points included as a part of the portfolio project)
13 Matching engines and power sources to their applications 25 TBA      
14 Systems within machines 26 Review & summary for test      



A C- will not be a qualifying grade for critical tracking courses.  In order to graduate, students must have an overall GPA and an upper-division GPA of 2.0 or better (C or better).  Note: a C- average is equivalent to a GPA of 1.67, and therefore, it does not satisfy this graduation requirement.  For more information on grades and grading policies, please visit:

Grading Scale
A 93-100%
A- 90-92%
B+ 88-89%
B 83-87%
B- 80-82%
C+ 78-79%
C 73-77%
C- 70-72%
D+ 68-69%-
D 63-67%
D- 60-62%
E <60%
  Points Percentage
Exams 3 @ 100 300 17%
Labs 11 @ 50 550 30%
(non-test days)
24 @ 15 360 20%
Portfolio 1 @ 600 600 33%
Total   1810 100%

NOTES:  Please think of the class as your employer – show up on time and be respectful of others.  Act professionally.  

Late homework will be accepted only until that assignment has been handed back.  Make-up exams may be allowed ONLY if the student has contacted the professor prior to the test time.  Failure to participate in class activities can result in a lower grade - even if total possible pts have been accumulated. All materials handed in are to be checked for spelling, grammar, and proper usage.  Failure to do so can result in the assignment being rejected.  Remember these are university-level assignments.  

Pajamas are not appropriate class attire!


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It is assumed that you will complete all work independently in each course unless the instructor provides explicit permission for you to collaborate on course tasks (e.g. assignments, papers, quizzes, exams). Furthermore, as part of your obligation to uphold the Honor Code, you should report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. It is your individual responsibility to know and comply with all university policies and procedures regarding academic integrity and the Student Honor Code.  Violations of the Honor Code at the University of Florida will not be tolerated. Violations will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for consideration of disciplinary action. For more information regarding the Student Honor Code, please see:  

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

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0001 Reid Hall, 352-392-8565,  

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Campus Helping Resources

Students experiencing crises or personal problems that interfere with their general well-being are encouraged to utilize the university’s counseling resources. The Counseling & Wellness Center provides confidential counseling services at no cost for currently enrolled students. Resources are available on campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career or academic goals, which interfere with their academic performance.

  • University Counseling & Wellness Center, 3190 Radio Road, 352-392-1575,

    Counseling Services
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  • Career Resource Center, First Floor JWRU, 392-1601,