The Agricultural Engineering Profession

As an agricultural engineer, you apply your knowledge of the biological, physical, and engineering and technical sciences to solve problems for the world’s largest industry ­ – the agriculture and food system.  Here’s just the beginning of the things you could do:

  • Design, development, and testing of advanced machinery systems for agricultural, food, and bioenergy production systems
  • Evaluation, development and modeling of systems for sustainable protection and improvement of soil and water resources
  • Design and development of environmentally and economically sustainable animal production systems
  • Development and evaluation of management systems to insure food quality, safety and biosecurity
  • Manage complex agricultural and biological systems

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Option Areas of Study

  • Power Machinery and Engineering
    This area challenges the creative mind to design and improve upon the next generation of off-road vehicles and agricultural equipment.
  • Land and Water Resources Engineering
    This emphasis enables you to design and evaluate soil and water conservation systems to mitigate and improve the environmental impacts of production agriculture. Areas of study also include GIS and natural resource management, water quality, and environmental engineering.
  • Animal Production Systems Engineering
    This option allows you to focus on all aspects of animal productions including structural design and analysis, environmental control options for housed animals, and air quality issues associated with animal production.
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