Agricultural Engineer  What They Do

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Agricultural Engineers Career Video



Applies 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.

This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Power, Structural and Technical Systems pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Prepares reports, sketches, working drawings, specifications, proposals, and budgets for proposed sites or systems.
  • Provides advice on water quality and issues related to pollution management, river control, and ground and surface water resources.
  • Designs and supervises environmental and land reclamation projects in agriculture and related industries.
  • Designs agricultural machinery components and equipment, using computer-aided design (CAD) technology.
  • Discusses plans with clients, contractors, consultants, and other engineers so that they can be evaluated and necessary changes made.
  • Designs food processing plants and related mechanical systems.
  • Plans and directs construction of rural electric-power distribution systems, and irrigation, drainage, and flood control systems for soil and water conservation.
  • Supervises food processing or manufacturing plant operations.
  • Designs structures for crop storage, animal shelter and loading, and animal and crop processing, and supervise their construction.
  • Tests agricultural machinery and equipment to ensure adequate performance.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Agricultural Equipment Design Engineer -- Designs agricultural machinery and equipment.
  • Agricultural Research Engineer -- Conducts research to develop agricultural machinery and equipment.