Mechanization and automation in agriculture have created demand for technicians in agricultural engineering and mechanics by the farm equipment business and by operators of large commercial farms. If a student is interested in mechanical applications and in agriculture, the A.A.S. Program in Agricultural Engineering (agricultural power and light industrial equipment) can provide many challenging opportunities (current curriculum).
The farm equipment industry today serves not only the commercial farmer but also is one of the major suppliers of such equipment as riding lawn mowers, roto tillers, garden tractors, chain saws, and related gardening equipment. In addition, light industrial equipment such as backhoes and small bulldozers for industrial uses are also served by the farm equipment industry.
After graduation, students pursue careers in areas such as:
- Sales, service, and distribution of farm equipment and supplies
- Sales, service, and distribution of petroleum products, and small power equipment
- Plumbing and electricity
- Farm service representatives
- Industrial plant maintenance
In addition, students may transfer to four-year academic institutions. Students who wish to transfer to a four-year program can do so by taking six credits of mathematics in consultation with their academic advisors.