Why Study Agricultural Engineering - Food and Process Systems?

Major | Agriculture Engineering/​Engineering/​Science/​Agriculture | CAFES

Food and bioprocess engineers are responsible for performing various duties in the areas of food and biomanufacturing industries that produce food products (packaged foods, beverages, dairy foods, etc.),. ingredients, biofuels, biopolymers and chemicals. These areas include: 

  • Process and product development
  • Process improvements
  • Design and implementation of new equipment and systems
  • Procession operation, control, testing and troubleshooting
  • Equipment layout
  • Packaging design and applications
  • Safety and quality monitoring
  • Technical support for clients and employers during implementation phase

UWRF's agricultural engineering - food and process systems (PRS) options provides students with a foundational education covering how food and other raw materials are stored, manipulated and processed into food products and ingredients, biobased-chemicals, -fuels and -plastics to meet consumers' needs. 

Program Details

Internships are a key way to put skills learned in the classroom to use while gaining invaluable hands-on experience. The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) maintains a strong internship program with students being placed at companies throughout the Midwest. Internship partners include companies like GEA, Cargill Kitchen Solutions, Hartung Brothers and Milk Specialties Global.


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The professors are outstanding. They genuinely want to see you succeed and are willing to personally work with you. The access to new technologies and interactive labs is a great hands-on learning experience.
Rachel Hershberg, '20

Agricultural Engineering - Food and Process Systems

cafes@uwrf.edu // 715-425-3535

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Area of Study:

Agriculture Engineering/​Engineering/​Science/​Agriculture

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics.
  • Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet needs while taking into consideration a variety of global, social, environmental and economic factors.
  • Communicate effectively  with a wide range of audiences.
  • Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments that consider all impacts.
  • Function effectively in a team setting, provide leadership, create collaborative and inclusive environments, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives.

Types of Courses

  • Engineering Drawing (CAD)
  • Engineering Properties of Food and Biological Materials
  • Food Bioprocess Technology (Fermentation and Enzyme Technology)
  • Food Quality Assurance
  • Instrumentation
  • Introduction to Food and Process Engineering
  • Programming for Engineers
  • Project Management
  • Unit Operations
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Potential Careers

There are numerous food and biomanufacturing companies, equipment and ingredient suppliers in close proximity to UWRF. Potential employers in Minnesota and Wisconsin include Cargill Inc., General Mills, Land O' Lakes, Seneca Foods, Hormel, Nestle, Jennie-O and more. Future roles for you could include: 

  • Bioprocess Engineer or Biomanufacturing Engineer
  • Engineering Consultant
  • Food Technologist or Food Engineer
  • Plant Manager or Operator
  • Process or Project Engineer
  • Product Development Engineer
  • R&D or Quality Engineer
  • Systems Engineer

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