Agricultural Engineering Technology

The Department of Agricultural Engineering Technology in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences has a long standing, strong program in Agricultural Engineering Technology and a new program in Agricultural Engineering. The new program in Agricultural Engineering (also commonly known as Biological Systems Engineering or Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering) is part of the Northwest Wisconsin Engineering Consortium, a joint effort by UW-River Falls, UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout to bring a range of engineering programs to western and northern Wisconsin. Many UWRF agricultural engineering technology graduates are employed in this region by small and mid-size companies or local operations of national corporations. These same companies need professional engineers, but have difficulty attracting and retaining graduates of engineering programs from outside the region.

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What is the difference between Agricultural Engineering and Agricultural Engineering Technology?

Professional Engineering and Engineering Technology programs are separate but closely related programs. Professional engineering programs are more theoretical and focus on conceptual design requiring higher level math and calculus-based physics, while the engineering technology program is more practically-focused and spends more time on applied problem-solving and engineering. The professional engineering program is an ABET accredited program and graduates are eligible to become licensed Professional Engineers (PE).    

The career paths of professional engineering and engineering technology graduates often intersect in related but different capacities. Many engineering applications have both professional engineers and engineering technologists working on the same project.

For example, professional engineers may design a machine, waterway or food processing line, while engineering technologists would work with the engineers, skilled trades and technicians to inspect, test, validate and/or commission the new device.

News & Events

Mitch Breuer and Siri Doyle were interviewed at the Posters in the Rotunda event at the Capital about their project, the small grains winnower. Watch the video.

Dylan Heimmermann was named the ASABE Agricultural Engineering Technology Student of the Year. Congratulations! Read more

UWRF Agricultural Engineering Technology students have developed a hops thresher perfectly sized for small-scale hops growers! This prototype performed quite well during a test run earlier this month; In an hour, this thresher can process what would take one person eight hours to do! An article about this thresher prototype was feature in The Country Today on October 19th. Read more here.

The Northwest Wisconsin Engineering Consortium met on October 13, 2015 at OEM Fabricators in Baldwin, to celebrate the approval of the three new undergraduate programs: Mechanical Engineering at UW-Stout, Materials Science and Engineering at UW-Eau Claire and Agricultural Engineering at UW-River Falls. The Consortium was formed by these universities with the goal to work collaboratively on bringing more engineers to northwest Wisconsin to meet the industry demand. Read more here

Information on the Northwest Wisconsin Engineering Consortium

We are pleased to announce that the UW Board of Regents just approved our new Agricultural Engineering program. Read more here

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Agricultural Engineering Technology
131 Agricultural Engineering Annex
615 S. 3rd Street

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