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Machinery Systems Engineering Option

Over the past 50 years, machines have improved production efficiency in all aspects of life. Machinery Systems Engineers have played a key role in moving society from the highly manual culture of the early 20th century to the highly technical culture of the late 20th century. Even with these advances, the job of the machinery systems engineer is not complete. Concern for our natural environment and worker safety, and the constant desire to reduce costs and energy consumption while improving production efficiency, will continue to challenge machinery systems engineers.

Machinery Systems Engineering is what many students initially perceive Biological Systems Engineering to be. These engineers are trained to design machines for production agriculture and construction. Concepts covered in this field include power transmission, traction, hydraulic power, and crop handling, such as planting and harvesting.

Where might I work?

Examples of positions that recent Machinery Systems Engineering graduates have taken include:

  • Analysis Engineer – Kuhn North America
  • Assistant Plant Manager – Hartung Brothers
  • Associate Engineer – Caterpillar
  • Design Engineer – AGCO Corporation
  • Design Engineer – John Deere Ottumwa Works
  • Design Engineer – MacDon (a division of Linamar)
  • Development Engineer – Wacker Neuson
  • Innovations Engineer – Case New Holland
  • Manufacturing Engineer – Flexsteel Industries
  • Marketing Specialist – Case New Holland
  • Mechanical Engineer – Liquid Waste Technology
  • New Product Development Engineer – Ford Motor Company
  • Technical Specialist – DeLaval

What is a typical starting salary?

  • Typical starting salaries vary from $55,000 to $70,000.

For more salary information, visit the CALS Graduate Salary Survey results.

Checklist and Roadmap

For more specific degree requirements, visit the Machinery Systems Engineering Checklist and Roadmap.

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