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EKU to Offer Agriculture Engineering Technology Concentration

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Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology, will begin offering a concentration in Agriculture Engineering Technology in the fall 2019 semester.

Agriculture students who select the new concentration will be provided with training in both engineering and agriculture. Course work will provide the theory and practice of engineering along with hands-on, technical skill development to train the student to use math, science, engineering and technology to solve practical problems. Students will learn to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments and apply results to improve processes in the food and agriculture industry.

Agriculture Engineering Technology is a field of study that has been growing at multiple universities across the United States, as the need to bridge the gap between the agriculture technician and the agriculture engineer has been identified in the industry.

Students will complete a core of agriculture courses, followed by a variety of courses specific to agriculture mechanics and engineering technology, including: electricity, renewable energy, hydraulics, engines, agriculture technology, computer aided drafting, metallic materials processes, introduction to quality, non-metallic materials processes, methods of lean operation, computer communication in industry, materials testing and metrology, automated technology devices, and fundamentals of project management.

Potential job titles associated with Agriculture Engineering Technology include but are not limited to, Designer, Engineering Associate, Conservation Technician, Project Engineer, Quality Assurance Manager, and others. Employment opportunities are widely offered and versatile, including employment within the food industry, soil and water conservation, equipment industry, etc.

Students with an interest in agriculture, agriculture technology, and agriculture engineering are encouraged to explore this new opportunity.

For more information, contact: 

Dr. Mike McDermott
(859) 622-2233

Dr. Ed Davis, Department Chair
(859) 622-1574

Published on March 20, 2019

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