Agricultural engineers design and service agricultural, horticultural and forestry machinery.

What does an agricultural engineer do?

As well as designing machinery and equipment for a range of uses, agricultural engineers assess the environmental impact of intensive agricultural production methods, supervise agricultural construction projects, analyse GPS and weather data to advise farmers and businesses on best land use.

They also advise farmers, landowners and government departments on countryside issues – these could range from crop diversity through to sustainable land use.

What do I need to do to become an agricultural engineer?

You will need to be good at maths and science as well as solving problems.

To be an agricultural engineer you would normally need a foundation degree, HND or degree in an engineering subject. You might also be able to work your way up from technician level. 

Related skills

  • Analytics
  • Communication
  • Financial planning
  • IT
  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • Problem solving
  • Technical ability
  • Time management

Related subjects

  • Maths

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You could find work with one of around 1,500 agricultural machinery dealerships in the UK. Other employers include agrochemical companies, government departments, forestry companies, overseas development agencies and educational institutions.

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