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Agriculture Mechanization Certificate

The Agricultural Mechanization Certificate will train graduates for entry-level positions and includes coursework to prepare students for employment in the agricultural mechanic profession represented in the agriculture career cluster pathway. Positions could include: Ag Equipment Mechanics, Customer Support Representatives, Ag Machinery Sales and Service Representatives, Farmhands, and Landscaping and Lawn Servicers.

Sandburg also offers a variety of transferable agriculture courses for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution, as well as a transfer agreement with the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)Students planning to transfer to other institutions are highly encouraged to establish communication with their desired institution to determine course equivalencies prior to registering for classes. 


Admission Requirements

Agricultural Mechanization Certificate is an open enrollment program, meaning there is no criteria students must meet to be admitted.  Students who are interested in enrolling in the Agricultural Mechanization Certificate program should complete our steps to enroll, which includes completing the free application for admission.

We encourage all prospective students to visit campus. We have several Explore Sandburg Open Houses throughout the year, or you can schedule a campus visit at your convenience.

Career and technical programs/courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Title IX Coordinator: 309.341.5258. ADA/504 Coordinator: 309.341.5262.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows little shift in employment for agricultural workers from now to 2028. An increase of 10% job growth is expected for agricultural equipment operators. The overall job growth for agricultural workers including farm-workers, laborers, and agricultural equipment operators is good because workers often leave the occupation due to strenuous work. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).


Farm and Ranch Managers 

Farm-workers and Laborers, Crop

Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products

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Sample course schedule for the Agricultural Mechanization Certificate program

See Academic Advisor, Jennifer Johnson, for an updated schedule. 


Program format

The Agricultural Mechanization Certificate program offers both online and face-to-face class options. However, the program can not be done entirely online. 


Class formats

Sandburg offers courses in a variety of formats to best fit the needs of our students. To determine the formats for specific courses, please refer to our course schedule.

Regardless of the course format, it is highly recommended that students have access to a reliable computer with broadband internet. All courses use online resources and require students to access course information through mySandburg. Accessing courses through a phone is discouraged. Both campuses have open computer labs for student use.

A link to a list of class formats.


Agricultural Mechanization Certificate cost sheet


To apply for financial aid, visit our   financial aid page  for more information.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact the local office to inquire if you qualify for financial support. 

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  • Warren/Henderson County 1025 S. 2 nd St, Monmouth, IL 309.734.4745
  • Knox County Bondi Building, 311 E. Main, Suite 612, Galesburg, IL 309.343.9832               
  • McDonough County 440 N. Lafayette, Macomb, IL 309.837.1280


Thanks to our generous donors,   Carl Sandburg College Foundation  is able to award over $100,000 each year in scholarship dollars to Sandburg students. High school, adult learners, and returning students - everyone is eligible to apply. Apply between October 1 and March 15 for the upcoming year.   We encourage all students to apply. 

Meet the Instructors

Karen Corrigan 
Agriculture Adjunct Instructor 

Bradford Hartweg
Hamilton High School Dual Credit Agriculture Instructor

Krista Swanson
Agriculture Adjunct Instructor 


Department of Career and Technical Education
2400 Tom L Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401

Program Goals

The Agricultural Mechanization Certificate program goals can be found in the current catalog.