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Mechanical Systems in Agriculture

 CASE Institute – July 28-August 8, 2019

Washington State University

Teachers completing this CASE Institute will earn certification for Mechanical Systems in Agriculture, the third course in the Agricultural Engineering Pathway.

Course Description                                                                                                                                         
Mechanical Systems in Agriculture is a specialization-level course designed to  provide rigorous applications in the agricultural engineering field. Throughout the course, students apply technical and engineering skills while becoming competent in the processes used to operate, repair, engineer, and design agricultural structures, engines, and equipment. Students practice technical skills including reading prints, troubleshooting machines, documenting an engine teardown and assembly, reading schematics, researching machine replacement parts, and calculating production efficiencies. The engineering portion of the course includes prototype development, computer aided design (CAD), 3D printing, documentation of machine processes, machine automation and programming, testing designs for structural integrity, and calculating machine speed and power.

Students will maintain an Engineering Notebook throughout the course documenting their experiences in the shop and laboratory. Research and engineering design will be highlighted as students develop and conduct industry appropriate engineering projects. The course concludes with a final engineering project, which students choose based upon course experiences and interest.

Mechanical Systems in Agriculture includes the following units of study.

  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Structures
  • Engines
  • Machines
  • Engineering Solutions


The cost of the Washington State University Mechanical Systems in Agriculture CASE Institute is $3,000 per individual. The registration covers lodging, curriculum, shuttle to class, cost of instructional materials, polo shirt, printing and meals during the week. The registration deadline is May 1, 2019. See Cancellation Policy below.

Purchase orders and check should be made payable and mailed to:

Washington State University Crop and Soil Sciences Department
ATTN: Anna Warner
PO Box 646420
Pullman, WA  99164-6420


Please contact Anna Warner or J.D. Baser with any questions.


Sunday, July 28, 2019

  • 4:00-7:30 pm Registration, Dinner, Orientation, & Curriculum Download

Monday, July 29, 2019 – Friday, August 2, 2019 

  • 8:00 am – Noon – CASE MSA Class
  • Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch Provided
  • 1:00 pm – 5:00 CASE MSA Class
  • Dinner – Time and Location varies on day

Saturday, August 3, 2019 – August 4, 2019

  • Free Day
  • Optional area sightseeing/activities will be planned

Monday, August 5, 2019 – Wednesday, August 7, 2019 

  • 8:00 am – Noon – CASE MSA Class
  • Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch Provided
  • 1:00 pm – 5:00 CASE MSA Class
  • Dinner – Time and Location varies on day

Thursday, August 8, 2019

  • 8:00 am – Noon – CASE MSA Class
  • Depart for travel


Participants will be lodged at:

COAST Hilltop Inn
928 NW Olsen Street
Pullman, WA  99163

The Hilltop provides wi-fi, indoor pool and spa, restaurant and bar, hot breakfast buffet, shuttle to and from campus, and access to a 24/7 gym. Check-in is 4:00 p.m. and check-out is 11:00 a.m.

Lodging will be in double occupancy rooms. Single occupancy rooms can be arranged for an additional fee. Please contact Anna Warner prior to June 28th to request and pay for single occupancy rooms.

Travel Details


  • Pullman Moscow Regional Airport (PUW) – Alaskan Airlines flies into the Pullman-Moscow Airport, which is about 10 minutes from campus.
  • Spokane International Airport (GEG) – The Spokane airport is about an hour and a half from campus and offers more flight availability. Transportation to and from this airport may be arranged. Please contact Anna Warner to discuss these arrangements.
  • Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport (LWS) – Delta flies into the Lewiston Airport about an hour south of campus.


  • Check back soon for an update on local attractions and sightseeing opportunities.


Individuals who cancel their registration from May 1 – June 28 will incur a $550 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after June 28th unless extenuating circumstances are documented.

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