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Technical Systems Management

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.

Specializations include:

  • construction management;
  • mechanization, marketing and technology management systems;
  • environmental systems; and
  • production systems.

This major prepares students as problem solvers for systems involving the application, management, and/or marketing of agricultural engineering technologies.

  • Technical Systems Management students focus on the application of engineering principles, the study of technology used in agriculture, and the integration of business management concepts in the food and agricultural industries.
  • Students planning to work in agricultural production or to serve as a manager for production systems select electives that are geared toward crop sciences, animal production, farm management, commodities marketing, and other production-based classes.
  • Students interested in environmental protection study soil, air, and water quality; irrigation and drainage; erosion control; and the effective utilization of natural resources.
  • Career opportunities are vast and varied. TSM graduates can work for major equipment companies, manage a golf course, evaluate new products for a chemical company, or build and race monster trucks.

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Career Opportunity Spotlight

Quality and Scheduling Coordinator

Technical systems management graduate Brittany Durdle loved every minute of her undergraduate education at the University of Illinois. Brittany is now a quality and scheduling coordinator, making sure production runs smoothly.

In her position Brittany works to solve many complexities and challenges that come with conditioning season. Fortunately, she was active in numerous ways on campus and off, and she learned a thing or two about time management and working with others.

Brittany was involved in the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, was a Nabor House little sister, and was also president of the Velocity dance team. She also took part in internships and study abroad trips throughout college, including a summer in Lille, France.

If she had to do it over again, Brittany would have taken several more technical classes, including construction management. But she believes her time in ACES was well spent. Plus, there are memories she’ll never forget.

“One of my favorite memories is my first day of class. I remember that it felt like a fall day, and the quad was gorgeous. I was walking out of Foellinger Auditorium on my way to my next class when I called Delayne [her now husband]. We talked about how much we loved our first classes and how excited we were to be at Illinois.”