AnAgricultural Engineer applies the principles of science and technology to agricultural production and processing. Agricultural Engineers may specialise in animal biology, plant biology, and mechanical, civil and chemical engineering.
They may also specialise in:
- the design of agricultural machinery, equipment and structures (silos, sheds, greenhouses)
- crop production, including soil and water conservation and seeding, tillage and irrigation
- livestock production, including the care and processing of poultry, dairy and fish
- processing of food and other agricultural products, including ethanol from sugarcane
- Bioresource engineering, which uses machines on the molecular level to aid the environment
Agricultural Engineers may work as consultants, employed by private engineering firms. The majority of Agricultural Engineers work in academia or for government agencies. Some work in industry, for manufacturers of agricultural machinery, equipment, processing technology, and structures for housing livestock and storing crops. Agricultural Engineers work in production, sales, management, research and development, or applied science.
Daily tasks may include:
- planning, supervising and managing the building of dairy effluent schemes
- undertaking environmental impact assessments
- interpreting research data and implementing changes to practice to optimise livestock or crop quality and production