About This Degree
USU offers both a one-year technology certificate and an associate’s degree in agricultural machinery technology. This program is the only one of its kind in the western United States and is endorsed by the Implement Dealer’s Association, which represents dealers and manufacturers of agricultural machinery throughout the region. In addition to coursework training, machinery dealerships and companies hold in-service training at USU where students can receive training and certification for repairs and operations of the latest agricultural equipment. Upon completion of these programs, employers are always seeking after students from USU’s program, resulting in extremely high job placement.
What You Will Learn
The one-year certificate program is designed to familiarize students with the agricultural equipment industry. Certificate requirements include technical hands-on training on engines, power trains, hydraulics, DC electrical, and specialized forage, harvesting, tillage, planting, and spraying equipment.
The associate’s degree is a second-year continuation of the certificate program. Core curriculum includes equipment testing, diagnosis, and retailing of parts and equipment. Because it is an associate’s degree program, a minimum of six credits of general education courses are required. The associate’s degree also transitions very easily into a bachelor’s program in agricultural systems technology or agricultural education.
Career And Outcomes
Graduates can work for farm suppliers, feed and fertilizer agencies, corporate farms and ranches, and agricultural implement dealerships. With the certificate, students can pursue the following careers with entry-level positions, and with the associate’s degree, students can pursue advanced positions in the following rolls:
- Parts and service management
- Sales persons
- Parts clerks
- Service center foremen
- Machinery fieldmen
The Career and Design Center provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.
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