Technical Systems Management

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The TSM curriculum combines the best of new technology with sound management principles to help you acquire the technical excellence you need for today’s global economy. Learn how to problem-solve and troubleshoot within systems involving agriculture, food, energy, water, and the environment. Click here to view our Program Objectives and Outcomes.

Focus on applying engineering principles, studying the technology used in these systems, and integrating business management concepts in the food, feed, and agricultural industries. Discover how to manage abundant and safe supplies of food, feed, water, and energy to maintain healthy, more sustainable indoor and outdoor environments. Learn how to operate new technology within the systems you are studying. In a world with finite resources and nearly 7.5 billion people, develop skills that will make a difference on both local and global scales.

Students may choose to develop their area of interest by focusing on one of five specializations within the major.

Five Paths

Construction Management

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

Environmental Systems

Utilize GIS and other technology to develop and manage practices to control the transport of agricultural and other non-point sources of pollution; implement systems for sustaining and improving water quality, maintaining ecosystems, managing stormwater, and developing optimal irrigation use and drainage systems.

Mechanization, Marketing, and Technology Management

Test, analyze, manufacture, and manage off-road machinery and specific machine components; understand equipment control systems for automating machinery; troubleshoot and solve problems associated with agricultural, construction, and mining equipment.

Processing Systems

Process and convert agricultural and biological materials into useful co-products for human, animal, and industrial purposes; understand the variability in raw materials and its effects on the operation of commercial processes, co-product quality, and profitability.

Renewable Energy Systems

Understand the science behind renewable energy from sunlight, wind, geothermal, and biomass sources; perform economic analysis of proposed systems; manage energy systems to blend appropriate sources in to reliable, cost-effective, and long-lasting systems; develop, construct, and operate large-scale, grid-connected renewable energy projects.

A Personalized Curriculum