Look at all the ways machines have been designed to help us realize achievements unheard of 60 years ago. Become a part of the next wave in the industrial revolution by devising ways to increase machine power while making efficient use of the power systems you create. Use your engineering education to invent, design, or improve the machines used by agriculture, heavy construction, industry, and households. Develop equipment and processes to transport, handle and process farm products (such as grains, vegetables, fruits and animals) into food products for human and animal consumption. Put some power into your education with a focus on machine design.
Relevant issues: precision agriculture, sensors, control systems, farm equipment design, power and energy, tractor performance
Soil is the thin skin covering the land; water is becoming more precious every day. Find out how engineering helps conserve these two essential resources as you study the interactions between soils, plants, and water that influence the way these resources are used in planning irrigation systems, tillage and cultivation practices, conservation buffers, and animal production facilities. Apply engineering and design skills to improve water quality and minimize pollution from nonpoint sources.
Develop irrigation systems, drainage systems, methods to reduce and control erosion, methods to reduce and control pollution of streams, rivers and lakes, and developing biological systems as cleaning systems, such as biofilters to clean air or constructed wetlands to clean water. There are many applications for this career field, and if you want to play a role in improving and protecting the agricultural environment, and get some hands-on experiences, this is the field of study for you.
You can learn to test equipment in the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory, or participate in building the Quarter-scale Tractor for the annual nationwide competition. Evaluation of machine or mechanical system functional performace is emphasized through study of test procedure standards, measurements, data acquisition, electronic communication, and statistics.