These engineers are involved in conserving and developing the world’s natural resources such as soil, water, land, rivers and forests. They research and develop solutions to combat problems such as soil erosion and salinity. They are responsible for designing better methods of farming and forestry, improved farming machinery and buildings and also in reducing the impact of humans on the environment.
Agricultural Engineers work towards solutions for problems such as sustainable agricultural production, the environmental impact of intensive agriculture and also look at the ways in which agricultural and primary products are handled.
Many agricultural engineers are employed by government departments in such areas as water supply, agriculture, forestry, soil conservation and in environment protection agencies. Private employers may include consulting firms, manufacturers and distributors of agricultural and irrigation equipment, corporate farms, intensive animal industries and food processing plants. They may also work for overseas agricultural aid programs.
Good oral and written communication skills
Ability to identify, analyse and solve problems
Ability to take ownership and should be able to work independently
Should be creative as well as practical
Should adhere to safety requirements
Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering