The educational work of the department is aimed at the practical training of students. It includes training practice in agronomy and practice in agricultural machinery management. As a result of the implementation of training programs in agricultural machinery management and the discipline “Technology of mechanized works” based on the Department of Agricultural Technology and Ecology, students gain skills and abilities to drive tractors, units, and self-propelled agricultural machines. Skills of management of agricultural machinery, technological adjustment of units, and performance of the basic mechanized works are received by students on the educational range of 12 hectares. Every year about 350 students of the university master the working profession “Tractor driver” of various categories and receive the relevant certificates. To ensure the educational process, sets of methodical materials on technological adjustment of machine-tractor units and management of agricultural machinery have been developed and published. Practice in agronomy is carried out based on the collection nursery and research fields of the department..
Since 2007, the annual “Mechanic’s Day ” has been held annually. Competitions are held among students on the holiday, namely: “The best in the theory of engineering solutions”, “The best specialist in plowing”, “The best specialist in the performance of row spacing”, “The best debugger”, “The best driver”, “The best specialist in construction techniques “,” The best diagnostician “,” The best ecologist “. At the section of industrial training the machine-technological station was created, and functions now. With modern equipment and experienced staff, the department assists agricultural enterprises of the region to perform basic technological operations (tillage, sowing, and harvesting) and is one of the bases where students of the Research Institute of Mechatronics and Management Systems undergo internships. , increasing their practical training. Teachers of the department focus on the development of scientific research in the framework of the initial research work “ Innovative agroecological methods of improving the production of agricultural products ” (state registration number 0116U002833).
In recent years, teachers of the department have published textbooks and monographs “ Agroecology ” (2013), “ Environmental engineering ” (2015), « Environmental science for engineering professionals » (2017), «< strong> Agronomy and crop growing »(2017). In order to introduce new forms of organization of the educational process for all specialties, the Department of Agrotechnology and Ecology has developed and used electronic textbooks and electronic training courses in environmental and agronomic disciplines. A test system for assessing students’ knowledge and skills has been developed and is actively used. To ensure the educational process, methodical instructions for practical work in all disciplines of the department are issued annually. Teachers participate in the “ Advisory System ” of agricultural formations of Kharkiv region, advising agricultural specialists in the implementation of modern technologies for growing crops, selection of plant varieties, soil protection and environmentally balanced agricultural production. Teachers constantly carry out educational work among entrants, students, graduates. The department is supervised in groups of the institute. Communication with young specialists is maintained.