Agricultural Engineers

Also called: Agricultural Engineer, Engineer, Project Engineer

Career Cluster: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
What they do:
Apply knowledge of engineering technology and biological science to agricultural problems concerned with power and machinery, electrification, structures, soil and water conservation, and processing of agricultural products.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare reports, sketches, working drawings, specifications, proposals, and budgets for proposed sites or systems.
  • Discuss plans with clients, contractors, consultants, and other engineers so that they can be evaluated and necessary changes made.
  • Meet with clients, such as district or regional councils, farmers, and developers, to discuss their needs.
KNOWLEDGE

Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • food production
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
SKILLS

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
ABILITIES

Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.

They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation
TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Oracle Database
EDUCATION


bachelor's degree or certificate after college
usually needed
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JOB OUTLOOK


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Salary:
High: $127,590.00
Median: $88,750.00
Low: $62,150.00
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