Agricultural engineer

Agricultural engineers build, service and repair agricultural, horticultural and forestry machinery and equipment.

Potential salary
£25,000 to £40,000
Working hours
39 to 41 a week
  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of physics
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • the ability to read English
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • assessing the environmental impact of agricultural production methods
  • supervising construction projects, like land drainage, reclamation and irrigation
  • solving engineering problems, like designing all-terrain vehicles to move over uneven ground in different weather conditions
  • testing and installing new equipment, like harvesters, crop sprayers and logging machinery
  • using GPS, weather data and computer modelling to advise farmers and businesses on land use
  • planning service and repair programmes for machinery

You could work in an office, on a farm or in a laboratory.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.

With experience you could move into project management or specialist technical research and development.

You could also work towards incorporated or chartered engineer status by applying to the Engineering Council. As a chartered engineer you’ll plan, research and develop new ideas. The Institution of Agricultural Engineers has more information.

You could also move into technical sales, business development, teaching or consultancy work.

You can get more advice about careers and training from the Institution of Agricultural Engineers and the Landbased Engineering Training and Education Committee.

Data from National Careers Service.
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