Agricultural Engineering

Agricultural Engineering


Agriculture Engineers use technology to install, repair, service, and create systems and machines in agriculture. This can include electrical, industrial, civil and mechanical applications in engineering.

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Oversee installation, maintenance and repair of new and existing systems
  • Design blueprints and diagrams for electrical components
  • Participate in technical integration for complete system to ensure system meets product specification.
  • Work with Supply Management, Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing, and Quality Assurance to optimize designs for cost, quality, and manufacturability.
  • Use computers and other technologies such as global positioning to create and test electrical equipment
  • Tear apart and reassemble equipment
  • Read dials and meters to determine amperage, voltage, electrical output and input at specific operating temperature to analyze parts performance
  • Develop electrical warning systems
  • Ensure compliance with local and national electrical codes
  • Maintain an inventory of the instrument/electrical/electronic parts
  • Assist in developing, trainings and reviewing electrical programs and procedures for company

What education and training is required?

A bachelor’s degree in electrical, industrial, mechanical or agricultural engineering is required.

To pursue a career as an Agricultural Engineer:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, a focus on physical science, and mathematics.

Where can I work?

Typical employers: employed by farm equipment manufacturers, grain milling operations, research firms, meat processing companies, as well as some state and government agencies.

Future Job Market/Outlook:

The future outlook for Engineers is projected to be good to excellent depending on skills, specialties and location.

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