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Agricultural Engineering (Bachelor's)

Tractors, drones and satellite navigation: smart, sustainable agriculture with the agricultural engineering of the future.


Academic qualification

Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.)

Duration of Studies

7 semesters

Language of instruction

German (proof of proficiency is required)



Programme start date

Winter semester

Admission restrictions


Agricultural Engineering studies: smart ploughing & environmental protection

Agricultural Engineering combines agricultural production with mechanical engineering and electronic systems. Be it Agricultural Engineering, Soil Science or Horticulture, Production Economics or Business Planning, our students acquire solid, future-orientated skills, including in the implementation of innovative digital smart farming or precision farming techniques. As highly sought-after new talent, they will meet the economic and technical challenges of agricultural engineering, trade and the agricultural industry.

The production of agricultural raw materials, the processing of raw materials for food and energy production, and ensuring high product quality are all important tasks for the future. Production technology requires constant adjustment due to the growth of the agricultural industry under the pressure of competition. The increasing requirements relating to the conservation of natural resources must also be taken into consideration in agricultural engineering. This is not just a challenge for the agrotechnical industry: technological developments are also changing the farmers’ field of activity, and intensive consultation is required. There is therefore a growing demand for a new generation of experts who not only have expert knowledge of the agricultural business, but also specialise in agricultural engineering.


Agricultural Engineering course content: from combine harvesters to precision farming

The production of agricultural raw materials, the processing of raw materials for food and energy production, and assuring high product quality are all important tasks for the future. Production technology requires constant adjustment, partially due to the growth of the agricultural industry under the pressure of competition, but also the increasing requirements relating to the conservation of natural resources. Not only is this a challenge for the agricultural industry, technological developments are also changing the farmers’ field of activity, and intensive consultation is required. There is therefore a growing demand for a new generation of experts who not only have expert knowledge of the agricultural business, but also specialise in agricultural engineering.

  •  Practical relevance through collaboration with agricultural engineering industry

The undergraduate course in Agricultural Engineering is run in close collaboration with the agricultural engineering industry. By organising regular meetings and opportunities for students to collaborate with cooperation partners during their project work and bachelor’s thesis, the course contents remain in line with the latest market requirements.

  • State-of-the-art facilities and vehicle fleet

The specialist centre for energy and agricultural engineering (School of Agricultural Machinery) in Triesdorf is closely involved in the course. Students can make use of the modern agricultural training workshops, the large fleet of machines and the school’s own testing areas.

  • Wide range of specialisation options

Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences offers students a broad range of elective modules. They can be used to develop individual skills, particularly in foreign languages, negotiating, consulting, communication and media deployment.

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Specialisations in the Agricultural Engineering programme

From the 6th semester, you will choose one of these specialisations according to your personal interests and career plans:

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  • Digitalisation in agriculture

    The content taught in this specialisation incorporates the fundamentals of digitalisation (sensors, data processing, data storage, data transfer, control and regulation) in a targeted way to prepare you for innovations in agricultural engineering.

    For example, agricultural applications use wireless data transfers over mobile phone networks (telemetry) to retrieve machine data such as settings and error functions in real time. Our students also forge ahead with cloud-based data storage and processing as well as the use of satellite data, which is now available free of charge.

  • Development of agrotechnical systems

    In this specialisation, you work through the standard development cycle for agrotechnical innovations in both theory and practice. The development cycle starts with recording requirements from everyday agricultural work, followed by devising solution strategies and creating designs, through to producing a prototype.

    Through computer simulations, computer-aided development tools and input into digital innovations, systems are produced that require functionality testing under realistic conditions. You therefore complete the development cycle with practical field tests as part of your project work.

  • Marketing and Management

    If you opt for the 'Marketing and management in agribusiness' specialisation, you will study corporate strategy, product development, brand management, marketing communication, pricing and sales in greater depth.

    Practical case studies, interactive teamwork and input from external personnel prepare Agricultural Engineering students for real-world challenges in everyday working life. You will master different marketing and management tasks using modern tools and methods. You will also learn more about the impact of current developments in technology, trends among agribusiness customers and in society and the political backdrop.

Agicultural Engineering students in Triesdorf


Course structure of the bachelor's programme in Agricultural Engineering

The Agricultural Engineering programme at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences balances both theory and practical elements. In addition to specialist knowledge, integrated courses also allow students to develop social and methodical skills to aid their personal development. Particular value is placed on team work in interdisciplinary classes and projects.

The module overview for the Agricultural Engineering degree programme (Modulübersicht) provides information about the content covered in the individual semesters.

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  • 1st semester

    1. Grundlagen der Konstruktion und CAD
    2. Physikalisch-technische Grundlagen
    3. Ingenieurmathematik und Statistik
    4. Werkstoffkunde und Maschinenelemente
    5. Einführung in die Ökonomik und das wissenschaftliche Arbeiten
    6. Grundlagen der Agrartechnik
  • 2nd semester

    1. Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen und Futtererntetechnik
    2. Buchführung und Kostenrechnung
    3. Pflanzenbau und Pflanzenschutz
    4. Technische Mechanik und Festigkeitslehre
    5. Agrarwirtschaftliche Märkte
  • 3rd semester

    1. Bodenkultur und Düngung
    2. Investitionsrechnung und Betriebsplanung
    3. Motor- und Getriebetechnik, Antriebstechnik
    4. Hydraulik und Pneumatik
    5. Satellitenortung und GIS
      1. 4th semester

        1. Softwareentwicklung
        2. Angewandte Produktionsökonomie
        3. Angewandte Chemie in der Agrartechnik
        4. Mechatronik
        5. Planung und Bewertung technischer Projekte
        6. Bodenbearbeitung, Sätechnik, Ressourcenschutz
        1. 5th semester

          1. Practical training semester including accompanying courses
        2. 6th semester

          1. Unternehmensorganisation mit Projektstudie
          2. Fertigungstechnik und Fabrikbetriebslehre
          3. Beratungsmethodik
          4. Methodenerweiterung Statistik
          5. Specialisation: Auslegung und Konstruktion von Baugruppen
          6. Specialisation: Strategien des Agrarmarketing
            1. 7th semester

              1. Bachelor's thesis
              2. Specialisation: Agrarmechatronik und Agrarinformatik
              3. Specialisation: Organisation und Management im Agribusiness
            2. Module handbooks

              Please note that the module handbooks are updated at the beginning of each semester. The applicable module handbooks for any given semester are the handbooks published at the beginning of that semester.

              Agricultural Engineering degree programme modules

              1. Modulhandbuch für Prüfungsordnung WS 2019/20

              Triesdorf Language Centre modules

              1. Modulhandbuch Sprachenzentrum

              Required elective modules for all degree programmes in Triesdorf

              1. Modulhandbuch Wahlpflichtmodule
            Agricultureal Engineering students


            Career prospects for Agricultural Engineering students

            Graduates enjoy a wide range of employment opportunities at the interfaces between agricultural engineering, trade and agriculture. Depending on their area of specialisation, graduates are qualified to take on roles in a variety of fields:

            • leading positions in agricultural companies, contractors and machinery rings, particularly in the areas of marketing, sales and logistics
            • technical and sales consultation in commerce and for end customers, supporting major clients
            • development, practical testing and implementation of new agricultural offerings, particularly at the interface between design and application
            • quality management in agricultural engineering companies
            • specialist consulting in new areas of application for agricultural engineering, agricultural management systems
            • management of contractors or machinery rings, organisation of cross-company machinery usage and formation of operational chains
            • management of large agricultural companies and business collaborations
            • research, qualification and development work in the agricultural technology industry and in research institutes
            • specialist press and PR work
            • technical inspection (e.g. TÜV, DLG, KTBL)
            Agricultural Engineering graduate Philipp Lippert

            "You gain practical knowledge that you can use right from the start of your day-to-day professional life, so it is extremely relevant. It has the perfect mixture of content from the fields of mechanical engineering/agriculture/IT and provides the ideal interface between sales/development. There isn’t a single business administrator or mechanical engineer that can keep up in this area."

            Philipp Lippert, R&D Manager at Positec, Jöngköping, Sweden

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            Agricultural Engineering graduate Michael Probst

            "The combination of practical expertise on agricultural and engineering topics in the Triesdorf Agricultural Engineering degree programme is an ideal basis for the interfaces between classic sales, marketing, applied development, customer-specific product management and customer service. I did my course with (phased) intensive practical work in cooperation with two companies, allowing me to learn about a huge range of technical fields."

            Michael Probst, Sales & Service Engineer at Zürn Harvesting GmbH & Co. KG

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            The Agricultural Engineering bachelor's degree programme is offered as a 'Course with intensive practical work' (Studium mit vertiefter Praxis). In comparison to the standard Agricultural Engineering bachelor's degree programme, students following the work-study course will gain much more practical experience with over 40 weeks of practical training.

            Those interested in participating in the 'course with intensive practical work' should apply to a cooperating company in the agricultural engineering sector during the first two semesters. As of the semester break after the third study semester, the study and practical phases change over systematically.

            Advantages of the course with intensive practical work:

            • very high level of practical experience
            • very good career entry opportunities
            • immediate professional skills in your field
            • continual remuneration from the start of the practical study semester

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            • Organisation and time schedule

              The course with intensive practical work corresponds to the regular Agricultural Engineering bachelor's programme in terms of content and timing. Students begin studying on 1 October of the year of application. Those interested in the work-study course can apply to agricultural engineering companies during the first two semesters of study. The university will help with this.

              Placements will be carried out during the rest of the study period, during breaks and in the practical semester. Students will receive monthly remuneration throughout the work-study course. The remuneration amount will be agreed between the company and the individual students. The bachelor's dissertation will be prepared in cooperation with the company. It is possible to enter a working relationship with the relevant company once your studies end.

              The first practical experience should be gained as early as the semester break following the second semester. In order to join the study programme with intensive practical work, you should complete your first practical session no later than the summer semester break following the fourth semester. Agreements should be handed in no later than eight weeks before the start of each practical session.

            • Course structure

            • Admission requirements

              In addition to the admission requirements for the Agricultural Engineering bachelor's degree programme, you need an education/study agreement (Bildungs-/ Studienvertrag) with a cooperating company in order to swap to the course with intensive practical work.

            • Contact for the course with intensive practical work

              Assistant Agricultural Engineering (work-study)

              Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Susann Köhler

              T +49 9826 654-338

              susann.koehler [at]

              Coordinator Agricultural Engineering (work-study)

              Prof. Dr Patrick Ole Noack

              T +49 9826 654-242

              patrick.noack [at]

            • Downloadable documents

              1. Sample agreement (Mustervertrag)

              2. Cooperation agreement (Kooperationsvereinbarung)

            Cooperation partners from the agricultural engineering sector

            logo case agriculture
            logo class
            logo same deutz-fahr
            logo zurn
            logo strautmann
            logo LV Windsbach Klein
            logo D.O.B. Landtechnik
            logo cnh industrial
            logo deutz fahr
            logo Knoblauch Wohlgschaft
            logo kramp
            Logo Agravis
            Logo Krone
            logo BayWa
            logo agco fendt
            logo AS Motor
            logo New Holland Agriculture


            Requirements for studying Agricultural Engineering in Triesdorf

            There are admission restrictions in terms of NC (numerus clausus).

            To apply for Agricultural Engineering, you need:

            • A pre-study internship of at least six weeks in an agricultural company or a company in the (agricultural) engineering industry. This is not required for German upper secondary vocational school (Fachoberschule) graduates specialising in the agricultural industry or engineering or for applicants with agricultural or technical vocational training.
            • Willingness to learn and work, motivation for professional curiosity, but also team spirit.
            • Solid foreign language skills in order to work in the internationally orientated agricultural engineering industry.
            • You can find information about the general admission requirements for studying at HSWT on our applications page.

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            Agricultural Engineering in Triesdorf: What makes us the right choice for you

            • Our degree programme is the answer to the industry’s needs: it was developed in close cooperation with agricultural companies and is the only one of its kind in Germany.

            • Our infrastructure at the Triesdorf campus is ideal. For one thing, we have our very own agricultural machinery workshop and work closely with the Triesdorf School of Agricultural Machinery. For another, students also gain invaluable practical experience at the neighbouring testing areas.

            • The degree programme is also offered as a work-study course with intensive practical work.


            Do you have questions which have not been answered here?

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            how we can help:

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            Prof. Dr Hariolf Kurz, study advisor, hariolf.kurz [at]

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            Fakultät Landwirtschaft, Lebensmittel und Ernährung
            Markgrafenstraße 16
            91746 Weidenbach

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