Off-Road Equipment Minor

Rev up the excitement.

The Off-Road Equipment minor is hands-on training for operating and maintaining the technology and machinery necessary to get the job done. You’ll have the opportunity to study combustion engines, fluid power systems, agricultural processing machines, and other essential tools for today’s industry. Get behind the wheel and under the hood.

Career paths: be an engine for the future.

The Off-Road Equipment minor can help you develop a career as a design or test engineer, service/training support specialist, equipment manager, custom harvester, technical sales associate, and to purchase, maintain, and run off-road equipment for other enterprises.

An Off-Road Equipment minor is a great option if you:

  • are pursuing an engineering or engineering technology major and want to complement it with a deeper understanding of its applications to machinery
  • want to take application-focused classes with interactive labs and hands-on learning opportunities
  • are interested in solving problems related to machinery and passionate about technology


For details on program requirements, suggested academic plan, and more, see the University Bulletin.

Required courses

  • Principles of Off-Road Machines

Sample additional courses

  • Agricultural Measurements and Control Systems
  • Combustion Engines for Mobile Equipment
  • Design of Fluid Power Systems
  • Electric Power and Instrumentation
  • Field Crop Management
  • Forage Crop Management
  • Instrumentation, Measurements, and Statistics
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Landscape Plant Establishment and Maintenance
  • Machines for Agricultural and Biological Processing
  • Mechanical Design
  • Power Transmission in Agriculture
  • Safety and Health in Agriculture and Biorenewable Industries
  • Selection and Management of Agricultural Machinery
  • Turfgrass Cultural Systems

Get started.

Discuss enrollment in the Off-Road Equipment minor by contacting the program coordinator, Dr. Jude Liu

Penn State off-road equipment students learning machinery electronics.
Combine harvester in a field
Penn State off-road equipment student and professor, discussing mobile equipment aspects -- power generation and transmission, traction, and ergonomics.