College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education
USU offers both a one-year technology certificate and an associate’s degree in agricultural machinery technology. 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.
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.
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Agricultural Machinery Technology consists of a minimum of 15 credits of University Studies courses, 30 credits in the major, and 15 credits in business or related elective coursework, for a total of not less than 60 credits. Students in the Ag Machinery major will complete 63 credits total. The suggested breakdown of coursework is listed below.