5 years full-time
Start date: September 2017
Institution code: H12
Thise course has a mechanical engineering core with a specialism in the design and development of agricultural machinery and systems. The courses cover everything from the principles of the design of agricultural machines, soil/implement interaction and irrigation and drainage, through to advancing technologies in the fields of precision farming, agricultural robotics and renewable energy.
You will cover not just theory and technical skills but the research and business techniques needed by professional engineers. Industry figures have helped us to develop a comprehensive curriculum combining core engineering subjects with the latest industrial techniques. Much of our teaching is project led, and is designed to develop the professional skills that you will use as a graduate engineer.
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Our students spend their year-long placement working as professional engineers with an industrial firm such as John Deere, CNH, Great Plains, Claas or AGCO. You will be helped to find the right role by an engineering placement manager based at Harper Adams.
Accredited by: The Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE)
This course is accredited by the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE), and MEng graduates are eligible for initial registration for Chartered Engineering status. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) describes an Incorporated Engineer as an applications-based engineer who works with the technology that is available, while a Chartered Engineer specialises in analysis, creating the technology of tomorrow.
Your first year will focus on core engineering theory, including design skills, engineering mechanics, maths, and materials. Alongside these generic engineering topics, you will also start to learn the fundamental basis for your area of specialism - whether that be Off Road Vehicle Design or Agricultural Engineering.
This theoretical content is complemented by a range of free practical skills training in areas such as welding, milling, turning and off highway vehicle operation. This mixture of theoretical and practical skills and knowledge is designed to give you the foundation for your development into a professional engineer.
In the second year you will begin to apply this learning to solving real-life engineering problems. Here you will take part in a design-and-build project that you will also test and evaluate – just as you would as a working engineer.
The industrial work placement undertaken by all students is a central element of your development as a professional engineer. We will help you to find a placement within an organization that closely matches your interests and aspirations. The placement year gives you an opportunity to act in a professional capacity inside a real functioning company. You will spend this year using and developing the skills from the first two years of your course within the context of a commercial organisation.
Your development into an industry ready professional engineer will be further enhanced after placement, where you will complete individual industry/research projects as well as group projects. These will involve delivering solutions to real problems for external clients, to whom you will present your findings, and who will help to mark your projects.
Careers opportunities in this field are excellent. Our Agricultural Engineering graduates are employed as professional engineers in: design and development, new product testing, manufacturing and equipment production, managerial and leadership roles.
Harper Adams University has the best and most consistent long-term graduate employment performance in specialist agri-food higher education