Upcoming Training

Washington Growers League offers in-depth training on the issues affecting agricultural employers.

Washington Growers League Tractor Safety and Skills Class

When:  Monday, July 22nd  8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Location: Chelan County Fairgrounds, Wilkins Building (and adjoining lots for tractor driving),  5700 Wescott Road, Cashmere, WA

10 student minimum - 15 maximum

$149 WGL members

$199 non-members

Description and Syllabus

The WGL Tractor Safety and Skills Class uses a comprehensive curriculum developed by WGL in 2015.  The curriculum is intended for a small class, 10-15 students, and a single instructor. The class is a combination of classroom lecture and audio-visual presentations; and “hands-on”, with equipment available outside and within walking distance to the classroom (orchard tractor, field tractor, pto-driven mower, and trailer) for students to view, set-up and operate during class-time.  

Typically, the class uses both an orchard tractor and a larger field tractor so that students have an opportunity to gain an understanding of the two main types of tractors used in Washington agriculture. This gives students some experience and training on tractors they may not typically use in their job, and readies them for additional work assignments.   In some cases we use only the orchard tractor. The equipment is loaned by an equipment dealer or by a grower.  

Class venue is a facility that has a both an indoor room for audiovisual presentation and lecture for up to 15 people, as well as an outdoor area for viewing equipment, attaching trailers and implements, and driving the tractors.  Educational facilities, fire stations, and farms can be used as training venues.

The class runs all day, 8.5 hours from 8:00 am until 5:30 pm.  Lunch is provided in the class and students eat on site.

Class Syllabus (Student Handout with more details available upon request)

 Classroom Introduction -15 minutes

1.     Basic Tractor Overview – 15 minutes

2.     Basic Principles of Safe Tractor Operation – 60 minutes

3.     Basic Tractor Safety Practices – 90 minutes

4.     Roll Over Protective Structures – 30 minutes

5.     Hydraulic System Basics – 60 minutes

6.     Power Take-off (PTO) System Basics – 45 minutes

7.     Hitching, Towing and Operating Implements – 120 minutes

8.     What to Do When Something Goes Wrong – 15 minutes

9.     Safety Review: Staying Safe in Risky Situations – 30 minutes

10.  Wrap-up and Evaluation – 15 minutes

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Questions? Call WGL at 509-575-6315

If you would like to make a request for a training topic or discuss your specific training needs, please call the WGL office at 509-575-6315.


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