2021 Structural Systems Activity

UPDATED Ausust 5, 2022

Associate Superintendent Contact Information

  • Dr. Randy S. Lund ‘18

  • Texas A&M University

  • 2116 TAMU | 600 John Kimbrough Blvd. | Room 242

  • College Station, TX 77843 – 2116

  • Telephone (979)485-6650

  • Email: rlund@tamu.edu


  • The purpose of the structural systems skill activity is to examine students’ abilities to preform skills related to storage, concrete, masonry, plumbing, electrical, fabrication, construction, building materials, ventilation, heating, and air conditioning. In recent years, we have primarily focused on the area of fabrication.

  • Students should be familiar with measuring tools, know common welding symbols, and be able to interpret shop drawings.

Possible Activities for the 2022 event

  • Read and interpret a working drawing

  • Accurately use a measuring tool

  • Utilize one of several processes to weld, braze, or cut metal

  • Fabricate, modify, or repair a metal part.


  • Select arc welding machines and accessories.

  • Read drawings and welding symbols.

  • Accurately use a measuring tool

  • Select, assemble and check welding equipment and supplies.

  • Operate welding equipment and accessories for metal joining operations.

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Content Standards

  • CS.03.04.03.b. Assess and demonstrate appropriate operation, storage and maintenance techniques for AFNR tools and equipment.

  • PST.01.03.01.b.Analyze the situation and determine the best welding and cutting process to be used in metal fabrication.

  • PST.01.03.01.c.Evaluate the quality of metal fabrication procedures (e.g., SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, fuel-oxygen and plasma arc torch, etc.).

  • PST.01.03.02.b. Assess and select the proper electrode for use in various shielded metal arc welding situations

  • PST.01.03.02.c. Construct and/or repair metal structures and equipment using metal-fabrication procedures.

  • PST.04.03.01.c.Select materials for a project based upon an analysis of the project and the quality of the materials.

Suggested Resources

  • General references specified for the Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems CDE

  • Welding for Modern Agriculture, Morton, C., 2017, The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation, ISBN 978-0-937390-12-2. .

  • Agricultural Technical Systems and Mechanics by Koel, L. et al, 2013, American Technical Publishers, ISBN 978-0-8269-3663-9.

  • Modern Welding 11th Edition, Althouse, A., et al, 2012, Goodheart-Willcox Company, Inc., ISBN 978-1605257952.

Please review the general references for the CDE. - CDE rules

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