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Agricultural Engineering Option

The Agricultural Engineering option has an emphasis on machinery systems and structural design.

Agricultural Engineering is the application of engineering design and analysis to:

  • Power systems
    Power transmission and motion control, power generation and fluid power circuits for off-road equipment, food and feed manufacturing.
  • Structural analysis and design
    Structural design using engineered wood products, and environmental control systems for buildings housing plants, animals, microorganisms, and food production operations.

Where Will You Get a Job as an Agricultural Engineer?

This partial listing of employers of recent graduates in the Agricultural Engineering focus area shows the diversity of opportunities:

  • CNH America - agricultural and construction equipment manufacturing
  • Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA) - natural resource protection service agency
  • John Deere - agricultural, construction and landscaping equipment manufacturing
  • Mock Roos and Associates - environmental engineering
  • Caterpillar - construction equipment manufacturing
  • Trus-Joist - wood structural products and systems component design
  • Timber Tech Engineering - wood structures design
  • Grove Worldwide - crane and construction equipment manufacturing
  • NASA - systems for growing food in space
  • Weaver Fluid Power - machinery manufacturing
  • McClanahan Corporation - equipment manufacturing
  • Langan Engineering and Environmental Services - environmental consulting
  • Modjeski and Masters Engineering - transportation structures

What are Your Chances of Getting a Good Job?

The demand for our students exceeds the number graduating. Agricultural Engineering graduates are in demand in Pennsylvania, the Northeastern US, across the United States, and internationally.

Can You Specialize?

As a student pursuing Agricultural Engineering, you get a broad-based engineering education. However, you also have the opportunity to focus on any of the three emphasis areas:

  • Natural resources engineering
  • Power and machinery systems
  • Structural systems and environmental control

What Courses Will You Take to Become an Agricultural Engineer?

Students pursuing Agricultural Engineering take courses that expose them to the breadth of the discipline, and also provide focus in a specialty area. We guarantee hands-on laboratory experiences in just about every major course! Specific major course topics include:

  • environmental influences on biological systems
  • modeling of biological and physical systems
  • transport phenomena in biosystems
  • soil and water conservation engineering
  • off-road machines
  • fluid power systems
  • wood structures
  • properties of biological materials
  • engineering elements of biochemistry and microbiology
  • natural resource conservation and protection
  • instrumentation and measurement
  • systems optimization

What Other Courses Will You Take at Penn State?

A student pursuing Agricultural Engineering will take courses in the basic sciences, engineering sciences, communications, and liberal arts. Specific course topics include:

  • calculus
  • physics
  • chemistry
  • static and dynamic forces
  • strength of materials
  • fluid mechanics
  • thermodynamics
  • statistics
  • economics
  • arts, humanities, and social sciences
  • speech communications
  • English
  • courses of the student's choosing in engineering science and design, agricultural or biological sciences, and other technical electives.