The Mechanized Systems Management (MSYM) major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is designed to develop managerial and mechanical skills which can be applied to managing machines, natural resources, people and money in engineered systems in Nebraska and throughout the world. This major will help students develop technological problem-solving skills to the professional level. In addition, this program will help develop systems analysis and business skills. This is important because all businesses involving equipment have sets of machines, and a business does best when its whole equipment system is optimized, rather than just individual machines.
The Mechanized Systems Management program can prepare students for a wider range of careers in agriculture and related industries. Examples of some of these opportunities include a test engineer and technician for equipment manufacturers in a wide range of fields such as farm machinery, irrigation systems, lawn-care systems and grain handling systems, operations manager for grain elevators, co-ops and processing facilities, farm and ranch managers, farm equipment dealer, equipment manager for food processing plants, marketing and sales representative for equipment distributors, crop-production consultants, product sales and support managers for agri-based industries, or energy use advisors.
In Mechanized Systems Management, practical courses emphasize management skills and efficient use of our soil, water, and energy resources without compromising the environment. Mechanized Systems Management coursework emphasizes hands-on experience, providing access to modern, well-equipped laboratories for electrical and hydraulic systems, irrigation systems and product processing systems. The program offers four options for specialization: production, technical, business and processing operations.
The Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory is a feature unique to UNL. Students in the MSYM major have an opportunity to work part-time at the Tractor Test Laboratory and gain practical experience with testing and managing farm machinery. Additionally, students who work at the Tractor Test Laboratory routinely interact with representatives from leading equipment manufacturers which is a tremendous networking opportunity.
Student clubs include the Mechanized Systems Management Club, Quarter-scale Tractor Club, Tractor Restoration Club and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) student club.
Graduates of the program have leadership positions in a wide-range of organizations that include equipment manufacturers such as John Deere, Case-New Holland (CNH), Exmark and CLAAS, grain handling and processing companies such as Cargill, ConAgra, Bunge, ADM, and Hormel Foods, and irrigation systems manufacturers such as Lindsay, T-L and Eco-Drip
The Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory and Industrial Agricultural Products Center are notable facilities within the Mechanized Systems Management Program.
The Mechanized Systems Management Program is offered by the Department of Biological Systems Engineering which is ranked in the top 10 for both graduate and undergraduate programs.