Claim Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf - University of Applied Sciences

Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering – for the first time in Germany

... where you "study a combination of technology and agriculture".

 

 

The Agricultural Engineering degree programme equips students with skills relevant to agricultural practice in the fields of mechanical engineering and electronic systems. The course also includes all areas of agricultural production, ranging from agricultural engineering, soil science and crop production to production economics and business planning. Two professorships of Agricultural Machinery Technology and Agricultural System Technology are dedicated to teaching the degree programme. Their work is complemented by the teaching content of the Agriculture degree programme.

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Professional fields

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).

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Course structure and content

Agricultural Engineering - course structure and content

What we offer

Optimum vocational preparation

The practice-orientated degree programme in Agricultural Engineering contains roughly equal amounts of learning content relating to agriculture and agricultural engineering. After seven semesters, students graduate with a 'Bachelor of Engineering' qualification.

Elective modules

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

Course with intensive practical work

Students can conclude an internship contract and gain additional practical experience in agricultural engineering companies during their studies (‘course with intensive practical work’). Details...

Centre of Expertise for Energy and Farm Technology (Fachzentrum für Energie und Landtechnik)

The Centre of Expertise for Energy and Farm Technology - School of Agricultural Machinery (Fachzentrum für Energie und Landtechnik - Landmaschinenschule) 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.

Academic links with the economy

The degree programme has been developed in close consultation with businesses working in the agricultural engineering sector. By organising regular meetings and opportunities for students to collaborate with cooperation partners during their project studies and bachelor’s dissertations, the course contents remain in line with the latest market requirements.

Students also benefit from:

  • Lectures from specialists (Forum Triesdorf)
  • Company visits
  • Contact persons for technical questions
  • Tasks for projects and bachelor’s dissertations
  • Teaching positions

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    Practical work and exercises

    Digitalisation in agriculture

    Nowadays, digital technology is used widely in industry, administration and society. It is also commonplace in agricultural production and in the processing of agricultural raw materials into food and sources of energy, as well as in retail, commerce and nutritional sciences. The need to teach students the necessary knowledge and skills in this area, evaluate opportunities and risks, and implement digital methods in practice is placing additional demands on the teaching and research activities pursued by universities of applied sciences.

    Digitalisation involves the collection, processing, storage and transfer of data and, above all, the networking of systems in the broader sense. As digitalisation continues to play an ever greater role in all areas of society, it not only opens up new opportunities but also poses risks.

    Digitalisation has a long tradition in agriculture, where it is also referred to as precision farming, precision agriculture, smart farming and farming 4.0. Electronic regulation and control systems have already been used in both indoor and outdoor livestock systems for more than forty years for the purposes of monitoring, regulating and managing processes. A standardised system allowing communication between tractors and attachments produced by any manufacturer has been under development for over thirty years and, with the introduction of the ISO 11783 standard, is now ready for use on the market. Satellite positioning systems enabled yield differences in fields to be detected for the first time some twenty years ago. As a key component of automatic steering and boom section control systems, they have since played a crucial role in ensuring that land is managed economically and in an environmentally friendly manner. What’s more, this technology still holds a lot of untapped potential.

    Particular attention is currently being paid to the wireless transfer of data between machinery and offices via the mobile network (telemetry), the cloud-based storage and processing of data as well as the use of satellite data, which is now available free of charge, with new developments focusing on these areas. Thanks to digitalisation in other sectors, the agricultural industry also has access to useful sensor and communication technology which is considerably more cost-effective than before. In this context, techniques currently used in industry, such as condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, are attracting interest in an agricultural setting as well.

    At Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences, the fundamental aspects of digitalisation (sensors, data processing, data storage, data transfer, monitoring and control) are included in the existing course content, meaning that graduates are well placed to meet industry requirements and the university can adequately support the industry and take part in externally funded projects.

    Department

    Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
    Fakultät Landwirtschaft, Lebensmittel und Ernährung
    Markgrafenstraße 16
    91746 Weidenbach

    T +49 9826 654-131
    F +49 9826 654-4131
    lt[at]hswt.de

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    What do our graduates do?

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