Welcome to the Agricultural Engineering Concentration of the Biological Engineering Degree Program (BE).
This program earns a Bachelor of Science Degree from NC State University. The B.S. degree program in Biological Engineering (BE) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Details about the BE Program's accreditation can be found on the College of Engineering website. This concentration is about developing and applying technologies to increase agricultural production while minimizing harm to the environment. Please read the Agricultural Engineering General Overview.
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What Students Learn...
Students studying in the agricultural engineering concentration, pursue a challenging curriculum that introduces them to issues, principles and practices related to the production and management of agricultural products.
The concentration offers a solid foundation in the engineering sciences and broad exposure to agricultural engineering practices. Students receive training in the applied technologies for agriculture. This concentration is very hands-on and involves shop and field learning environments.
Agricultural Engineering Curriculum Topics
- Power and machinery systems
- Agricultural structures safety, storage and ventilation and cooling systems
- Product processing and handling
- Farmland management and conservation
- Automated product handling
- Smart machine systems
- Spraying techniques and compliance
- Agricultural irrigation and drainage management
- Agricultural safety design
Many consulting firms and industries with environmental compliance and waste concerns seek our graduates. Positions are in manufacturing and processing where a knowledge of machine systems, structural design, mechanical analysis, ventilation and climate control are needed.
The program's concentration electives allow the student to focus on topics of interest to them. Engineering curriculums can be challenging and the department helps each student to succeed. Students can promote their own success by embracing some of these "Tips for Student Success".
The Capstone Senior Design Course
In the last year of study, students work on a Senior Design team project. Senior Design is a two semester capstone engineering course where students are involved with real-world design projects. Students choose their projects which are sponsored by faculty members or private industry with engineering problems to solve. Upon completion of the course students are expected to present the outcomes to sponsors.
Examples of past projects include:
Design and Evaluation of Porous Windbreak Wall for Treating Swine House Emissions
Mobile Automated Biofilter for Mitigating Air Pollutants
Trailer-Mounted Mixer Design for Combining Hog Lagoon Sludge and Biomass
Design of a Low Impact, Self Propelled Seed Planter
Utility Vehicle Maintenance Lift Table
Ultrasonic Anemometry in Tunnel Ventilated Broiler Operations
College organizations provide pre-professional development skills. See BAE Student Clubs. Many professional organizations offer students reduced fee memberships.
Agricultural engineers belong to these professional organizations:
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
Council on Agricultural and Science Technologies (CAST)
Association of Equipment Manufacturers(AEM)
Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA)
National Fluid Power Association (NFPA)
Agricultural Safety & Health Council of America (ASHCA)
About becoming a licensed professional engineer
Many environmental engineers choose to earn a Professional Engineers License (PE). Being licensed assures competencies and expands opportunities for advancement.
When You Graduate...
Graduates are often hired as:
- Farming Industry Consultants
- Agricultural Commodities Processors
- Farm Equipment Designers
- Farm or Farm Shop Managers
- Power Machinery and Automation Engineers
- Agricultural Land-use Engineering Specialists
- Agricultural Inspectors
- Drainage Irrigation Engineers
- Agricultural Crop Engineers
- Agricultural GPS Remote Sensing Engineers
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Many students go on to graduate school to prepare for higher-level positions or research careers.
Do you have a question or want to apply?
Were you looking for a non-engineering program? Please see the Bio & Ag Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Technology program. AET Program information.