Western Center for Agricultural Equipment

The Joe A. Heidrick Western Center for Agricultural Equipment is a teaching, research, and outreach facility of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Equipment.  It is located just west of Highway 113 adjacent to West Village, an aspirational zero net-energy community.  The Center utilizes about 30 acres of land for buildings, equipment storage, and fields.  The 18,000 square foot building includes the Paulsen Lecture Room with kitchen, the Olsen General Teaching Lab, the New Holland Project Demonstration Lab, the Far West Equipment Dealers Training Wing, and the Mehlschau Design and Development lab.  The fields are utilized by all elements of the program.

Courses taught are primarily in the Applied Biological Systems Technology (ABT) series covering welding/properties of metals, woodworking, engine technology, field equipment operation, equipment and technology for small farms, teaching ag mechanics in high schools, and various elements of the courses in precision agriculture, spraying technology, and the Biological and Engineering Department’s senior capstone design course.  Research focuses on power and machinery, particularly agricultural equipment, including precision weeding, autonomous vehicles, unmanned aerial systems, spraying systems, mechanical harvesting, irrigation technology, and agricultural ergonomics.  Outreach  consists of hosting various events throughout the year including research meetings, cooperative extension meetings, agricultural equipment manufacturer training events for dealer technicians by their corporate service and sales training departments, and the annual FFA Agricultural Science Field Day with Farm Power and Ag Mechanics contests.

The teaching program sees approximately 300 students over eight regularly taught courses.  The research programs involve approximately 25 researchers.  The outreach component sees about 500 people attending various programs and events.

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Street Address (may not yet be fully represented in all online maps):

154 Hills Drive
University of California at Davis
Davis, CA 95616

Phone: 530-752-1898 / 530-848-6446


ROOMS:
Far West Equipment Dealers Association classroom
New Holland Project & Demonstration Lab
Paulsen Lecture Room
Olsen General Teaching Lab
Mehlschau Design & Development Lab

COURSES:
ABT15 Wood Properties & Fabrication
ABT16 Metal Properties & Fabrication
ABT49 Field Equipment Operation
ABT52 Field Equipment Welding
ABT101 Engine Technology
ABT142 Equipment & Technology for Small Farms
ABT317 Teaching Ag Mechanics
EBS170 Senior Design Project (remote work area and shop access)

EVENTS:
FFA Ag Science Field Day
Research Meetings
Extension Meetings
Training Workshops
Training by and for Equipment Industry
Other BAE & Mission-related activities

RESEARCH:
Field equipment research by numerous BAE Faculty
(spraying, harvesting, weeding, precision ag, unmanned aerial vehicles, and more)
UC Agricultural Ergonomics Research Center ( www.ag-ergo.ucdavis.edu )

CONTACTS:
Training/Events/Information: Victor Duraj — O: 530-752-1898 C: 530-848-6446 F: 530-752-3812 email: vduraj@ucdavis.edu
ABT Courses: Dr. Mir Shafii — O: 530-754-7905 email: sshafii@ucdavis.edu
BAE Department Chair: Dr. Bryan Jenkins— O: 530-752-5084 email: bmjenkins@ucdavis.edu