Engineering Technology and Management for Agricultural Systems

Engineering Technology and Management for Agricultural Systems (ETMAS) prepares students to be problem solvers for systems involving the application, management, and/or marketing of engineering technologies. Students are instructed in engineering and business principles in preparation as technically competent business persons for professional careers as entrepreneurs, marketing representatives, or plant managers working with service organizations, manufacturers, corporate farms, retail dealers, power suppliers, contractors, or management companies from production through processing and distribution.

Overview  Degree Requirements

Concentrations

Students pursuing this major can choose one of four concentrations:

Agricultural Production & Processing

Students in the Agricultural Production & Processing concentration learn the technology, machinery, and management of the agricultural production system. Students will gain knowledge and skills in topics including:

  1. the agricultural industry from an operational and management perspective
  2. agricultural machinery, grain storage systems, and bioprocessing systems
  3. numerical and scientific processes to drive management decisions
  4. the science and management of the complete food production system

Graduates of the Agricultural Production & Processing concentration are prepared for careers in industry with both small and large companies, agricultural retailers and service providers, production farming operations, government and environmental agencies, or for entrance into graduate or professional school.

Construction Management

Students in the Construction Management concentration are trained in construction skills and concepts, as well as management practices and principles Students learn to:

  1. manage residential, agricultural, and industrial construction technologies
  2. operate and manufacture systems that provide the desired environmental conditions for animals, people, crop storage, and greenhouses
  3. maintain systems to handle and treat biowaste
  4. develop alternative housing and nutrient management practices.

Graduates of the Construction Management concentration are prepared for careers with private construction companies, government and environmental agencies, or for entrance into graduate or professional school.

Digital & Precision Agriculture

Students in the Digital & Precision Agriculture concentration learn the application of technology in agriculture and the larger system of production agriculture, including machinery, agronomy, and business management. Students will gain an understanding of:

  1. the application of advanced technology used in agriculture with an emphasis on geospatial information systems and machinery technology
  2. the functional workings and management of agricultural machinery
  3. crop and soil science and their interactions with advanced technologies
  4. numerical and scientific processes to drive agricultural management decisions
  5. business operations and management with a focus on the agricultural industry.

Graduates of the Digital & Precision Agriculture concentration are prepared for careers in industry with both small and large companies, agricultural retailers and service providers, production farming operations, government and environmental agencies, or for entrance into graduate or professional school.

Energy & the Environment

Students in the Energy and the Environment concentration focus on renewable energy systems, environmental systems, or both. Students will:

  1. gain an understanding of the science behind renewable energy from sunlight  wind, geothermal, and biomass sources
  2. perform economic analysts of proposed systems
  3. manage energy systems to blend appropriate sources into reliable, cost-effective, and long-lasting systems
  4. develop, construct, and operate large-scale, grid-connected renewable energy projects.

Students will also have the ability to utilize GIS and other technologies to develop and manage practices for controlling the transport of agricultural and other non-point sources of pollution in the environment, and to implement systems for sustaining and improving water quality, maintaining ecosystems, managing stormwater, and developing optimal irrigation use and drainage systems. Gradates of the Energy & the Environment concentration are prepared for careers with private consulting firms, government and environmental agencies, both small and large technology companies, or for entrance into graduate or professional school.