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Off-Road Equipment Minor

This interdisciplinary minor complements several engineering, agricultural, and mining degrees, helping students understand some specific technological aspects of mobile equipment (from lawn tractors to large excavators). The minor would strengthen the program for students with machinery interests by exposing them to several of the technical aspects of off-road equipment such as electronics, power generation, power transmission, traction, ergonomics, and safety.

The minor in Off-Road Equipment requires 18-21 credits from the approved courses. Courses in the minor have prerequisites including calculus, physics, and, depending on the student's major, at least one engineering or engineering technology type course (e.g., BRS 221). These courses should be completed prior to entering the minor.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses taken to satisfy the minor.

Students may declare the Off-Road Equipment minor through LionPATH.

Requirements: 18-21 credits

Prescribed Courses (3 credits)

  • A S M 420 (Sem: 6-8)

Additional Courses (15-18 credits)

  • Select 3 credits from A S M 320(3) or M E 431(3) (Sem: 5-8)
  • Select 3-4 credits from B E 303(3) and 306(3), or A S M 310(3), or M E 360(3) (Sem: 5-8)
  • Select 3-4 credits from B E 305(3), BRS 428(3), or M E 345(4) (Sem: 5-8)
  • Select 3-4 credits from A S M 424(3), AGRO 425(3), HORT 408(4), or TURF 425(3) (Sem: 5-8)
  • Select 3 credits from B E 461(3), or BRS 426(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Procedures for Enrollment

To discuss enrollment in the Off-Road Equipment minor, contact the coordinator of the minor, Dr. Jude Liu
227 Agricultural Building
814-863-6844
(jliu@engr.psu.edu).

Career Path Industries

The off-road equipment industries, which typically include turf, agricultural, construction, forestry, mining, military, are worldwide. These industries have steadily increased in magnitude with significant economic and cultural impact. These industries employ graduates from many disciplines in a wide variety of job roles. With this minor, graduates interested in a career with companies serving off-road industries can develop specific technical expertise to complement their chosen major, making them more employable and increasing their productivity early in their career.

Career paths the Off-Road Equipment minor may help launch include:

  • Design engineer
  • Service/training support specialist
  • Marketing specialist
  • Equipment manager
  • Product manager
  • Custom harvester
  • Field test analyst
  • Technical sales associate

Contact Information

Jude Liu, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Email:
Phone: 814-863-6844