• Syllabus

    Agricultural Mechanics and Metal Technologies

    Career Technology Education/Porter High School

    Instructor:  David Sheffield                                       

    Phone:  281-577-5900

    Email:  dsheffield@newcaneyisd.org

    Course expectations (curriculum)

                Welcome to the Porter High School Agriculture Mechanics Program. In this program, students will learn a variety of basic skills which are an integral part of agriculture, and many other life areas. This program consists of two consecutive full year courses which begin with Agriculture Mechanics and Metal Technologies and progresses through Agriculture Structures and Design

                Agriculture Mechanics and Metal Technologies is designed to help the student build basic skills and knowledge in tools and equipment safety, basic electrical wiring, plumbing, concrete work, carpentry, fencing, surveying, and metal work. Welding builds on the skills learned in Agriculture Mechanics and Metal Technologies and introduces students to machinery maintenance and repair. Agriculture Structures and Design increases skills learned in the previous courses, giving the student basic skills and knowledge which can improve future employability.

    Student Expectations

                As with any classroom/shop experience, there are rules and procedures. The following are a general list to use as a guideline, and are non- negotiable.

    1. Each student will receive instruction in safety policies and procedure, which will be followed by safety test. Minimum passing score is 100.
    2. Every student will have projects to complete during class. No student will be allowed to do nothing. The instructor will attempt to bring in projects, however, students are encouraged to provide their own with approval.
    3. Class dress code; safety glasses, fitted jeans, closed toed shoes, long sleeve cotton shirt, or cotton coveralls. No other type of clothing or footwear will be allowed for safety reasons.
    4. All school rules, as well as, any rules/ procedures deemed necessary by the instructor will apply.

    Minor safety violations will be dealt with following the “Three strike rule”. 1st offense; student warning, loss of shop privileges for one day, 2nd offense; parent contact, loss of shop privileges for two days, 3rd offense; referral, removal of shop privileges, and parent/teacher conference to discuss consequences and/or possible removal from program. Major safety violations, as determined by instructor, are automatically considered to be third offense.


    Class assignments and daily work will count as daily grades; projects, tests, etc. will count as major grades.

    Late Work

    A five point deduction each day the assignment is late

    Materials Needed Each Day

    Safety glasses, fitted jeans, closed toed shoes, long sleeve cotton shirt, or cotton coveralls, paper, pen or pencil.