The Technical Systems Management (TSM) program is a 4-year undergraduate degree program administered by the College of ACES resulting in a bachelor of science degree. You will study technology systems, business and economics (including organization, operations, management, marketing, and sales), and oral and written communications.
This major prepares students as problem solvers for systems involving the application, management, and/or marketing of agricultural engineering technologies.
Working in a field that is always changing makes agricultural and biological engineering graduate Randall Noe grateful for the variety in his work as a test engineer for Caterpillar.
“No two tests are the same,” Randall says. “I might spend one week doing something as simple as documenting a new part for a design engineer, while the next week we’re setting up for a 50 channel instrumented drawbar pull test. Visiting a field follow site to collect data from a machine running in a mine is always a great experience, too.”
Randall gained a lot of knowledge and expertise with the Illini Pullers student club when he was in college. Whenever he had time after classes and homework, it was consumed with the Pullers.
Looking back, would he do anything differently? Randall says he does wish he had taken more classes involving machine controls and automation, as the heavy equipment industry is moving toward more advanced controls and telematics.
Despite that, Randall says engineering is still engineering, regardless of discipline.
“Just because you don’t think you took the right classes to be qualified for a job doesn’t mean you can’t land that position,” Randall says. “You’ll always find that there is more that don’t know than what you do know and you are never done learning. That’s what is great about on-the-job training.”