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Job Description

Agricultural Engineers will use their knowledge of engineering and biology to design, install and service agricultural, horticultural and forestry equipment. They will work with new technologies to improve existing techniques which will help farmers and land owners make better use of their land and resources.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need a foundation degree, HND or degree in:

  • agricultural engineering
  • environmental engineering
  • electrical or mechanical engineering

If you’ve got a further education qualification in a land-based engineering subject, or relevant experience, you could start as an agricultural engineering technician. You’d then complete further study to qualify as an engineer.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

The Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) has more information about becoming an agricultural engineer.

Career Path and Progression

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.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Agricultural engineering technician
  • Agricultural contractor
  • Farmer
  • Construction plant mechanic

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Excellent technical abilities
  • Able to analyse data effectively
  • A creative and methodical approach to problem solving
  • A flexible working approach
  • An interest in environmental issues
  • The ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.

Starting Salary

£25,000 to £40,000

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