This year we will have the first ever (to my knowledge) JR Ag Mechanics CDE in the Central Region.  The event will be open to Middle School students and High School 9th grade students.  Details are in the attached CDE Guidelines for the event.

The dates of the event are on the calendar with Area 3 on December 11 and Area 4 on December 9 in conjunction with other CDEs on those days.

The CDE will basically consist of tool identification and a single skill.  The skill will be similar to the format of the state CDE and will come from one of the identified "systems" areas.  This year's skill will come from the structural systems area and students need to be familiar with the following items:

Select, identify, and use proper woodworking layout and hand tools including
  • speed square/rafter square/steel rule
  • crosscut hand saw
  • clamps
  • measuring tools/tapes
  • pencils
  • Calculate board feet.
  • add, subtract, multiply, and/or divide fractions or fractional measurements
The specific skill will center around measuring, squaring, marking and cutting dimensional lumber such as a 2 x 4 x ? using hand woodworking and layout tools mentioned above.  In addition, the skill will involve problem solving using board foot calculations and fractional measurements.

The tool identification list is attached along with the CDE guidelines. The list comes direction from the most recent edition of the textbook - Agricultural Mechanics:  Fundamentals and Applications.

Teams will consist of 4 students and all 4 scores will count.  Each student will ID tools and perform the skill.

Registration will be sent electronically 30 days prior to the event.


Kevin Jump
Area Mechanics Teacher
Central Region Agricultural Education
PO Box 4060
1005 State University Drive
Fort Valley, GA  31030
478 825 6068 office
478 230 8344 cell
478 825 6980 fax