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An Off-Road Equipment Minor

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  058011,  2005 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.19675) @2005
Authors:   Dennis R. Buckmaster
Keywords:   Education, electronics, engines, equipment, hydraulics, machinery, off-road, power, safety

The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Penn State began offering an Off-Road Equipment (OFFRD) Minor in 2002. This manuscript reviews the rationale for the minor, the content of the minor, and the impact on students and course enrollments. With 34 enrolled in the minor in 2 years, the formation of the minor has increased exposure of ABE and ASM courses to students in other majors; The OFFRD minor has helped several students launch careers in a variety of off-road equipment industries. The course requirements for the minor are matched to specific learning objectives which include understanding of engines, power transmission systems, sensors and controls, off-road equipment application challenges, vehicles as integrated systems, and fluid power or safety.

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