Agricultural Engineer Salary
The average pay for an Agricultural Engineer is $58,999 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Job Description for Agricultural Engineer
Most of the time, agricultural engineers work within the farming industry or at government agencies or environmental, non-profit organizations. Agricultural engineers apply their knowledge in science and technology to agricultural production and processing. Agricultural engineers use a combination of knowledge in mechanical, civil, and electrical disciplines and apply chemical engineering principles and agricultural principles. They must be knowledgeable in agricultural machinery and automated irrigation systems, soil science that includes crop nutrients and fertilization, and environmental sciences that include irrigation and water drainage. They area also required to be knowledgeable in plant biology. They must be familiar with seeding, plant growth management, and animal science.Read More...
Agricultural engineers must have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in agricultural engineering or biological engineering. Practical experience in cooperative-education engineering programs and research are a plus. Agricultural engineers spend much of their time in offices, but they are also required to work outdoors. They must travel to various agricultural settings. They must make sure that equipment and machinery are working in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and various government rules and regulations. They are required to have excellent oral and written communications skills. They must be able to use relevant software products.
They must be able to work as a team. They must keep themselves up to date with new technology and science related to agriculture. They must read various journals related to agricultural science and technology. They are encouraged or required to attend various conferences and workshops. They may have to train new agricultural engineers.
Agricultural Engineer Tasks
- Work across departments to ensure materials, sites, designs, and schedules align.
- Test and inspect projects, identifying improvements and resolving problems.
- Create specifications, drawings, prototypes, and designs.
- Perform calculations to check designs, parts, materials, and needs.