Agricultural Engineer

Chemical Engineering

As a chemical engineer in this sector, you would be working along side a team of engineers from mechanical, civil and electronic backgrounds to produce efficient agricultural machines, processes and resources. Agricultural engineers manage living things and farming product resources in such a way as to protect and preserve them by using engineering skills to design equipment and buildings that can process them more productively at the same time as ensuring their renewability.

Another position in the Agricultural industry for a chemical engineer could be to apply their engineering knowledge and skills to solve problems relating to such things as sustainable agricultural production, the environmental impacts of intensive agriculture and the post-harvest handling of agricultural products. One such specialty in this field is an Irrigation Engineer.

Environmental Engineering

Agricultrual engineers may also focus on environmental issues in the agricultural sector. These engineers perform environmental impact assessments and develop sustainable strategies to prevent harm caused by pesticides, deforestation, soil degradation, and the consumption of natural resourcdes. They may also be involved in the manufacture of agricultural products following harvesting.

Mechanical Engineering

Agricultrual engineers with a background in mechanical engineering apply their knowledge and skills to the study, design, construction, and maintenance of equipment and technology in the agricultural industry--such as tractors, harvesters, and irrigation systems. They address engineering problems in activities like food production, forestry, storage, harvesting, and water usage.

Agricultural engineers from the above backgrounds may work indoors or outdoors, in a laboratory, farm, or research setting, and commonly perform the following tasks:

  • plan, supervise and manage the building of irrigation, drainage, flood and water control systems
  • supervise ground preparation, seeding and harvesting, spray technology, post-harvesting (processing and packaging) and transport equipment
  • supervise the cleaning, grading, milling, mixing, food processing, packaging and distribution of produce
  • assist in environmental impact assessments
  • measuring soil salinity and water quality.
  • offering consultancy services.
  • monitoring storage facilities (such as grain silos and dryers).
  • supervising the transport of agricultural products and equipment.