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Proficiency in repair, maintenance taking Carter to state competition


Grier Carter will take his Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance skill to state competition next month. Grier Carter will take his Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance skill to state competition next month. Grier Carter is the winner of the North Region FFA Proficiency in Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance in his supervised agricultural experience (SAE). He now advances to compete in the state competition at the Georgia FFA State Convention in April.

Carter is currently a mechanic assistant at Denard Offroad in Washington. He helps with the mechanics of operations that take more than one person to complete. He also takes on small jobs such as servicing machines including all-terrain vehicles, side-by-sides, and off-road motorcycles. He is also involved with assembling new inventory, cleaning, and restocking shelves.

Throughout his work in this SAE Carter has worked on many different pieces of off-road equipment and has learned how to troubleshoot, identify the causes of problems, and remedy the issues. At Denard Offroad all of the work that he completes is to promote the sale of equipment powered by small engines, maintain small engines, or to repair engines that have malfunctioned.

Carter started out cleaning and servicing engines, but as he put in more time he was allowed perform more complicated tasks. He then began to assemble new equipment, tear down engines and transmissions, and do some fuel system repair. He has rebuilt carburetors and replaced fuel pumps in numerous pieces of equipment and has found that they are among the most prevalent issues that arise in small engines.

FFA members work for an employer involved in the repair and maintenance of agricultural equipment (in this case, lawn and landscape equipment) and/or structures, including agricultural power systems such as mechanical, electrical, chemical, wind, solar, and/or water power. This area includes agricultural equipment restoration where the member does not own the piece of equipment. Students are required to complete a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) if taking an agricultural course.

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