Agricultural engineers use technology with agriculture in an effort to improve agricultural processes. They design and engineer more efficient machinery for increasing yields and quality of products. They develop methods of harnessing and storing resources such as dams, reservoirs and warehouses. They engineer solutions to environmental issues such as organic and inorganic pollution as well as waste management. Some agricultural engineers also develop methods for using alternate sources of energy as bio fuel.
Agricultural engineers generally carry out the following duties:
Integrate technology into the development of machinery, structures, equipment and facilities
Test agricultural equipment for functionality
Develop methods that modify environmental factors affecting crop or animal production
Plan and oversee construction and production projects
Work with clients, contractors and other professionals in planning projects and achieving the desired results.
A bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering or biological engineering is required.
A high school education focused on mathematics and science will be beneficial. Courses such as business, public policy, and economics are also desirable at the University level.
In order to test Agricultural Engineers effectively, employers usually administer the IQ Cognitive test to determine the individual’s general intelligence as well as analytical skills. The Math business test is also useful for testing the individual’s reasoning ability and critical thinking. Lastly, the work ethics personality test which would be u used to assess an individuals work ethic and ethical code of conduct.
2018 Median Pay
|$77,110 per year, $37.07 per hour|
Entry level qualification
Number of jobs in 2016
Expected Growth rate (2016 – 26)