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The Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems Career Development Event (CDE) helps students develop technical knowledge and an ability to work with others to solve complex agricultural problems. The event is built around students learning and executing a “systems approach” – or the process of understanding how solving one problem influences others.

Teams in this event consist of four students that solve a multi-system agricultural problem scenario. The team works to solve the problem and prepare a report while judges evaluate. Additionally, individuals complete a written exam that covers agricultural technology and mechanical areas: compact equipment, electricity, environment and natural resources, machinery and equipment and structures.


Students and teams that perform the highest in this CDE demonstrate mastery of systems areas subject matter, effective communication skills, superior problem-solving techniques, and an understanding of modern technology.

Expectations at Convention for Agricultural Mechanics
  • Safety glasses on ALL the time

  • Cool metal 

  • Official dress is NOT required

  • Must have a signed Safety Sheet


What SHOULD students bring? (Tools/equipment/materials)
  • Welding supplies (Helmet, gloves, pliers, chipping hammer)

  • Proper Personal Protective Equipment - Safety glasses

  • Wire stripper, wire cutter, and utility knife.

  • Sharpened Pencils

  • Tape measures

What supplies will be provided for all students?
  • A calculator

  • A clipboard

What will get a student/team disqualified? 
  • Talking during the event

  • Using electronic devices (phones, smart watches, etc) 


For your specific questions contact:


Dennis (BJ) Bjorklund

Minnesota FFA CDE Coordinator


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