Agricultural Engineer

Agricultural engineers study and apply engineering science and design principles for the use and development of agricultural land, buildings, machines and equipment across a diverse set of agricultural projects. They design, build and test equipment and processes that reduce operation cost, eliminate emissions, improve operator safety and improve sustainable agriculture practices.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Design solutions for agricultural equipment based on product requirements
  • Interpret and design complete blueprints and drawings for production use
  • Assist in installing and testing motorized equipment
  • Take measurements and record data and observations
  • Communicate with clients, farmers, stakeholders and government departments
  • Test designs and recommend changes
  • Perform a wide range of engineering technology tasks using computer-assisted software and equipment
  • Understand and utilize detailed, technical information to solve complex problems
  • Collaborate and consult with other engineers and professionals on projects
  • Work on waste management systems including animal waste and fertilizer runoff
  • Communicate with clients, farmers, stakeholders and government departments
  • Review research and literature relating to current discoveries in the field
  • Engineer the construction of agricultural buildings and storage facilities to create a system that is most cost efficient
  • Plan projects that adhere to timelines and budgets
  • Supervise the construction of flood and water systems
  • Participate in long-term studies of agricultural structures
  • Design equipment and machinery used for field preparation, seeding, spraying, harvesting and transporting agricultural products
  • Ensure designed projects follow with local safety and health regulations
  • Prepare and present technical reports
  • Meet with clients and communicate technical concepts to all stakeholders
  • Advocate for sustainable agriculture on a local and national level to interested parties

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education, especially agricultural mechanics
  • physics
  • advanced mathematics
  • computer skills
  • advanced sciences
  • English

Education/Training Required:

A bachelor’s degree in agricultural, civil, environmental or chemical engineering is required. Having an agricultural background, especially in production, may be useful but is not essential.

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