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Advanced Technology and Allied Health

John Deere Agriculture Technology


The John Deere Agriculture Technology (Ag Tech) program is designed to advance the skill level of new John Deere service technicians and prepare them to excel in today's high-tech, fast-paced field of agricultural mechanization, a career path with excellent employment opportunities.

Students who complete the two-year program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science in Agriculture Equipment Technology.

Students learn within an environment that stresses a balanced rotation of classroom theory and hands-on labs outfitted with advanced training aids and the latest equipment. Students gain valuable, practical insight and real-world experience by applying what they have learned during paid internships at John Deere dealerships - a wonderful opportunity for students to 'earn while they learn.'

The John Deere Ag Tech curriculum, designed by John Deere and ASU-Beebe, addresses the full range of technological advances across John Deere's Agricultural Equipment and Turf Equipment product lines. John Deere provides approximately $1 million worth of equipment for lab activities.

Instructors provide personal, dedicated instruction on engine systems, powertrains, hydraulics, machine setup and adjustment, as well as high-tech precision farming systems, electronics, schematics, and diagnostic computers. Students also gain practical experience and expertise working with the computer-assisted resource materials used throughout the John Deere service network.

For more information on the John Deere Ag Tech program or other technology degrees and certificates, call (501) 882-8822 or email us.

Average Program Graduate Salaries

Based on information from Arkansas Occupational Employment and Wage Survey, July 2013.
http://www.discoverarkansas.net/admin/uploadedpublications/537_oespub.pdf    AND
average wages reported by Program Graduates in the John Deere Agricultural Equipment Technology.

John Deere Agricultural Equipment Technology Average Starting Salary:

$22,081 – $37,916

Program Requirements

The Ag Tech program is open to all eligible applicants and requires:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent
  • Passing scores on a Mechanical Reasoning test
  • Acceptable scores on the ACT test
  • A sponsoring John Deere dealer
  • Maintaining a “C” grade average or 2.0 on a 4.0 scale

If you are interested in applying for the ASU-Beebe John Deere Ag Tech program, contact your local John Deere dealer, or inquire on the ASU-Beebe campus. For acceptance into the program, all students must meet the admission requirements of ASU-Beebe.

Program Contacts

Shawn Taillon, Department Head

John Deere Agriculture
Equipment Technology


Hunter Nash, Instructor

John Deere Agriculture
Equipment Technology


Division Administrative Assistant

Advanced Technology & Allied Health


Stephen Yokley, Instructor

John Deere Agriculture
Equipment Technology


Michael Troop, Director

Advanced Technology & Allied Health