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Agricultural Engineering Technology

Agricultural Engineering Technology

The Agricultural Engineering Technology Department in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences has a long standing, strong program in agricultural engineering technology and agricultural engineering. 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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Welcome from the Department Chair

Dear Prospective Student,

Joel PetersonWelcome to the Agricultural Engineering Technology Department at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Our curriculum is designed to enhance student learning by incorporating hands-on projects in most courses. You will have opportunities to: 

  • Make biodiesel
  • Press soybeans for oil and pellet production
  • Program a PLC for automation
  • Survey a field with a robotic total station
  • Build a ¼ scale tractor
  • Drive tractors controlled by GPS

This hands-on approach fits well into our philosophy that students learn while doing. Our department consists of five dedicated faculty with a wide range of expertise and an open door policy. Class size is typically less than 20 students, allowing for personal instruction from the faculty. We stress working as part of a team on projects designed to enhance your critical thinking skills and develop sound engineering practices.

How can your graduates work in such a wide variety of careers?
The reason our graduates can be flexible is the curriculum consists of a core of engineering courses designed to enhance critical thinking skills and develop sound engineering practices, regardless of discipline. In other words, these skills are applicable whether constructing a retention pond or testing diesel engine performance. As a result, many of our students have secured employment prior to graduation, some with multiple job offers.

Take a moment to visit our careers page where you can view our alumni profiles and see what our graduates are doing today. If you can envision yourself working on these projects or employed with these companies, you may have found your academic home. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

Sincerely,
Joel Peterson
Agricultural Engineering Technology
163 Ag Engineering Addition
715-425-3985
joel.peterson@uwrf.edu

What's the difference between Ag Engineering and Ag 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 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.

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News & Events

Lindsey Murry, the first agricultural engineering major, graduated May 2019. Read more about what she's doing now and her plans for her future career.

Contact Us

Agricultural Engineering Technology
715-425-3985
131 Agricultural Science
410 S. 3rd Street
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