This program has three concentration options: agricultural systems technology, construction science, and off-road vehicle technology. These concentrations are applied programs highly focused on specific technical areas and are designed to provide the skills required to manage the sophisticated technological systems increasingly essential in today’s world. All three concentrations provide a strong basic science foundation and add coursework designed to create programs of study emphasizing the applications of technology in today’s world. Coursework in economics and the management of a small business are also included, along with oral and written communication. These programs are designed to be less theoretical, more applied, and focused towards specific industries.
Agricultural Systems Technology Concentration
Agricultural systems technology is designed to provide you the skills required to manage the sophisticated technological systems that are increasingly essential to modern agricultural production. The program starts with a basic science foundation, adds courses in crop production, pest control, and protection of soil and water resources, then introduces the technologies and control systems available to make production more efficient and environmentally sound. It rounds out the curriculum with analysis and management courses to tie all the information together and to most effectively use it in making and carrying out management decisions. Directed technical electives allow the student to concentrate in a particular area of agricultural production or to develop increased skills with particular technologies or management tools.
Graduates from this program will have the skills and understanding to be successful in agribusiness, agricultural consulting and production, or employment with agricultural equipment and material suppliers.
Construction Science Concentration
The construction science concentration is designed to prepare students for entry into the very broad and diverse range of careers related to construction. This path could lead to construction management opportunities in areas such as residential, agricultural, commercial, paving, and excavation construction. Students in this program typically enjoy the outdoors and enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from seeing a project grow from an idea to finished product. This field relies on knowledge from engineering, construction, and business; skills related to teamwork and leadership are important as well. The program is designed to provide a strong background in science and math, adds fundamental concepts from engineering, and exposure to relevant technology and techniques such as CAD, land surveying, and GPS/GIS. Proper selection of business-related elective courses in the construction science concentration may meet the coursework requirements for a minor in business administration. This business background is supplemented with courses addressing construction-specific issues in accounting, finance, and law; issues related to green/sustainable construction practices are also covered. Students are encouraged to identify experiences in construction practice such as internships or part-time/summer work, and this is facilitated through the Construction Science Student Club.
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Off-Road Vehicle Technology Concentration
The off-road vehicle technology concentration is designed to provide a strong background in engine and vehicle performance analysis, as well as an understanding and appreciation for natural resource environmental concerns. Knowledge of the fundamental technologies will be acquired, including fabrication, engines, vehicle performance evaluation, CAD, GIS/GPS, and instrumentation. Applications include military, agricultural, forestry, construction, and recreational off-road vehicles.
Many human activities adversely impact soil, water, and environmental quality, and there is a constant need for experts in environmental technologies. The off-road vehicle technology concentration provides students with a strong grounding in basic sciences or engineering technology to prepare them for a broad range of possible careers involving collecting sound environmental information and providing food, fiber, and shelter in an environmentally sound manner.