Length of Program: 1 YearProgram Intakes: Fall Intake (September program start)Fall 2020

Precision Agriculture - Techgronomy Diploma

Precision Agriculture

The Precision Agriculture - Techgronomy program is an exciting NEW diploma focused on agronomy and technology. Graduates from the Diploma in Precision Agriculture - Techgronomy will be prepared for careers that require a deep understanding of the connectedness between agronomy, agriculture machinery/purpose built network management, and data sciences.  

What will you learn?

Graduates from the Diploma in Precision Agriculture - Techgronomy will be prepared for careers that necessitate a deep understanding of the connectedness of agronomy, agriculture machinery/purpose built network management, and data sciences. Students will engage in hands-on training on our Olds College Smart Farm ecosystem, focusing on integrating precision technology and agronomy and enhancing decision support systems through actionable and effective on-farm decision making. Graduates will be prepared to work in fast-paced environments where emerging technologies are constantly disrupting the industry.

  • Apply precision agriculture technology within diverse agronomic contexts

  • Operate and evaluate precision agriculture equipment for current agricultural conditions and issues

  • Integrate and analyze agricultural field data using precision agriculture software to provide recommendations for sustainable cropping decisions

  • Install, calibrate, troubleshoot, and repair precision agriculture hardware and equipment, including electrical/mechanical/hydraulic/software systems

  • Integrate agronomic principles in precision agriculture practices related to economic, environmental, and social impacts

  • Analyze the complexity and interdependence of agricultural ecosystems including plant, water, and soil science

  • Analyze the design and function of agricultural equipment in relation to agronomic principles

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of the nature and performance of agricultural information systems to make recommendations to stakeholders

  • Apply business principles to sales, client relations, return on investment, financial planning, and budgeting

Program at a glance

Credential: Diploma 

Length of Program: 2 Years

Method of Delivery: The Diploma in Precision Agriculture - Techgronomy will offer blended course delivery. Face-to-face classes will be on-campus at Olds College and the Olds College Smart Farm ecosystem. 

Program Intakes: The first intake will be September 2020

Applications Open: October 1 for the Fall Intake

Selection Process for Admission: First Qualified, First Accepted

Tuition, Mandatory Fees, Books, and Supplies: Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for details

Tuition & Fees: $9,388 / Supplies: $2,212

*These fees are provided as estimates only for the purposes of budgeting. Please note that all fees are best estimates and are subject to change.

Admission Requirements:   

  • Minimum of:
    • 50% or better in English 30-1 or 30-2
    • 55% or better in Math 20-1 or 20-2
    • 50% or better in two of Science 20, Biology 20, Chemistry 20, Physics 20, OR one of Science 30, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Physics 30

First qualified, first admitted