For many Americans, the mention of the word agriculture sends the imagination to a corn field with a tractor. But the agricultural mechanization and business major at Clemson turns that idea upside down and leads students into the innovative and international world of agriculture and agribusiness, combining sciences and related technologies with a background in business management. Students who are mechanically or technologically inclined and who are especially interested in any phase of food and fiber production will find a great fit in this program. You will graduate from Clemson prepared to pursue a career in numerous positions across the agricultural industry, including sales and service, systems testing and development, business and operations management, consulting, compliance and regulation, and product marketing. Our graduates contribute to companies in both technical and managerial capacities, which makes them highly sought after by employers.
- Agricultural mechanization and business is a very hands-on engineering technology major.
- Companies return to hire our graduates because of their great ability to solve real-world problems.
- You’ll be exposed to hands-on learning through our campus laboratories and farms as well as during industry tours.
- Most students in this program are active in the Ag Mech Club.
- Nearly all of our students complete an internship before graduation.
WHAT YOU'LL STUDY
The agricultural mechanization and business curriculum is based on a foundation of mechanical and power systems with classes in agricultural engineering technology, agricultural and basic sciences, and business management. You’ll take various courses that delve into soil and water conservation practices, drainage and irrigation, as well as other agricultural systems. Courses venture outside of the textbook to provide a real-world knowledge of what practices are common today and what can be expected as these industries continue to evolve.
In your first semester as a freshman, you’ll dive right into major-specific classes. Of the three you’ll take, one brings alumni back to campus to talk about their careers and help you understand potential career opportunities. In the Principles of Fabrication class, you’ll be familiarized with basic wood and metal fabrication methods and techniques. Finally, the Agricultural Applications of Technology course provides an overview of useful computer technologies and software for the industry.
Communication is becoming more and more important in today’s society, so to ensure that you are prepared to communicate effectively, your course load will include classes in the humanities, social sciences, English and public speaking.
EXPERIENCES BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Although classroom instruction is a part of every college degree, this program expands outside the classroom more than many others. Various laboratories and facilities on campus are used, and you’ll be also exposed to industry and research stations.
Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.
WHERE OUR RECENT GRADUATES HAVE GONE
Consolidated Grain & Barge
Helena Chemical Company
Carolina Farm Credit
RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
NC State University
University of Georgia
COMMON CAREER AREAS
- Research and Education
- Service / Maintenance Management
- Compliance / Regulation
- Agricultural Extension
- Agronomy / Soil Conservation
- Business Administration
- Real Estate / Insurance
- Business Ownership / Entrepreneurship
- Brokerage / Investing / Lending
- Dealership Management
- Agricultural Consulting and Contracting
- Precision Agriculture
- Stormwater Management
- Nutrient Management
- Processing and Manufacturing
- Training / Logistics
- Power / Machinery
- Grain Terminal Operations
- Marketing / Development
- Service Managmenet
- Systems Testing
- Technical Sales
- Agricultural Chemicals and Seed
- Research and Development
- Technical Sales
- Hydraulic, Pneumatic and Electrical Components
- Engineered Sales
- Design and Development
Used with permission from the University of Tennessee.
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