Career outlook for agricultural engineer
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would assess the techniques used by farmers and landowners and explain how they can improve their land.
You'd plan and supervise construction projects to tackle environmental problems.
You'd work with specialist machinery used in farming, forestry and horticulture. For example, you might design the all-terrain vehicles which can move over uneven ground in different weather conditions.
You'd also help farmers, landowners and government departments understand issues such as crop diversity, sustainable land use and adapting to climate change.
- Assess the environmental impact of intensive agricultural production methods
- Supervise land drainage, reclamation and irrigation construction projects
- Solve agricultural engineering problems
- Test and install new equipment, such as harvesters, crop sprayers, storage facilities and logging machinery
- Analyse weather and GPS data, then use computer modelling to advise farmers and businesses how to improve their land use
Depending on the size of the company you work for, you might also manage and coordinate sales, or do marketing and technical support. It would be important to be willing to work flexibly.
You would need to keep up to date with new developments in technology and production methods.
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- Attention to detail
- Developing a plan
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