Summer tractor safety course offered for teens

By MAA
Teens can get the training they need to safely operate tractors and other farm machinery during an upcoming program offered by Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

The course will provide youth primarily under the age of 16, but not younger than 12, with the necessary training and preparation to take the evaluation
test. Students who successfully pass the test and proficiency skills evaluation will be granted a state certificate of completion.

The state certificate will allow students who are at least 12 years old to work for their parents or guardians operating equipment and tractors on public roads. The federal certificate allows students 14 years of age to work for someone other than their parents in operating equipment and tractors on public roads. Students should have prior tractor operating experience.

The course will teach:

  • Safe operation and maintenance of farm machinery including skid steers and tractors over 20 horsepower
  • Follow rules of the road for machinery and tractor safety
  • Apply emergency first aid training
  • Handle agriculture fires and extinguishers

Classes will be offered in Green Bay and  Shawano from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 18 to June 21 at the Green Bay Transportation Center and Shawano Regional Learning Center respectively. Classes will be offered in Luxemburg from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 25 to June 28 at the Luxemburg Regional Learning Center. The class costs $85.02. Register by calling 888-385-NWTC.