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Agricultural Engineering


Written By: Drew Hedtke

Agricultural Engineering 

Written By: Drew Hedtke 












I dedicate this book in the name of Science, Project Lead The Way, to all my friends and family, and all the fans of my writing.






Chapter 1:   What Do Agricultural Engineers Do and Where Do They Work?              Pg. 4






Chapter 2:  What Kind of Hours Do They Work and What is Their Average Pay?       Pg. 6






Chapter 3:  What Education Do They Need?                                                                    Pg. 8



Table Of Contents



Chapter 1

What Do Agricultural Engineers Do and Where Do They Work?

      What does an agricultural engineer do? Agricultural engineers can do many things including: designing agricultural machinery components, use computer aided design technology, test agricultural machinery and make sure they run properly. They can also design food processing plants, supervise manufacturing operations, design structures to hold and process crops, and provide advice on water quality and pollution issues.     


       Agricultural engineers can work in many different areas or fields. Some work in aquaculture, the farming of seafood, and food processing. Other engineers might work to create a climate system to make livestock more comfortable, while others try to create a better system for animal waste removal. They can also work to increase the compacity and efficiency of a refrigerator. 





     Where do agricultural engineers work? Agricultural engineers work in many different places. Some of the different places that they work include the following: equipment companies, seed manufacturers, and food distributors. Some agricultural engineers prefer to work directly with farmers and agricultural technicians to solve land, crop, and livestock problems. These are some of the places where agricultural engineers can be found working.


      Some schools recommend that if you want to become an agricultural engineer that you have these analytical skills. 

  • Listening- being able to listen and seek out information from clients.
  • Math- mustbe able to use principles of calculus and trigonometry in their field.

Problem Solving- being able to apply basic principles of engineering to new circumstances. 

These are recommendations to have to help you suceed in your job.





Chapter 2


What Kind of Hours Do They Work and

What is Their Average Pay?



     What kind of hours do agricultural engineers work? I bet you're wondering. Well since you asked, I suppose I could tell you. They usually work full time. They work full time because sometimes the project they are working on requires good weather. For example, if an agricultural engineer was helping a farmer fix his skidloader or getting it ready for the winter, he would want warm or nice weather to work outside. He wouldn't want to work on the skidloader when it was cold or snowing outside, would he? 


      Another reason the engineers often work overtime is because they can't leave until the job is done. He will stay at the farmer's house longer because the customer is more important than the engineer getting home early.

      What kind of pay do agricultural engineers get? The median pay for agricultural engineers was $74,000 in 2012. The lowest 10 percent of agricultural engineers earned less than $44,750, while the highest 10 percent earned more than $115,680. Wouldn't you like to get that much money a year? I sure would. Again these numbers were for 2012. So, the average pay could have changed between 2012 and the end of 2016.


      Below shows how much the top 5 agricultural related services earn on average. 


  • Architectual, engineering, and related services- $82,090
  • Federal Government, excluding postal service- $77,030
  • Food manufacturing- $73,380
  • Agriculture, construction, and mining machinery- $67,690
  • Education services; state, local, private- $50,100

Would you be interested in doing one of these jobs? Yes I would. Which one sounds the most interesting to you? The one that would be the most interesting to me is food manufacturing.




Chapter 3

What Kind of Education Do They Need?



      What kind of education do agricultural engineers need? They need to have a bachelor's degree, preferably in agriculture or biological engineering. An entry level job requires a bachelor's degree. The bachelor's degree is typically a 4 year program that includes classroom, field, and labratory studies usually mathematics, engineering, and science principles.


      Agricultural engineers who offer their service to the public must be licensed. Requirements to obtain a license includes: a degree from an accredited engineering program, a passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, usually 4 years of experience in the field, and a passing score on the Professional Engineering exam.


      Beginning engineers usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers. As beginning engineers become more experienced, they will take on the task of more difficult problems and develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions. Eventually they may move into a team of agricultural engineers or technicians. Some even become managers. 


      An undergrauduate degree program in agriculture typically has coursework in calculus, physics, and biology. Agricultural specific courses may include soil mechanics, environmental microclimatology, ocean and atmospheric dynamics, hydrology, gelogy, and soil physics. The cirriculum used is based on the technology you would use in agricultural mechanics. Some of the topics include power and machinery systems, storage, and cooling and ventilation systems.










































In this book you will learn about

agricultural engineering:



  • What do agricultural engineers do and where they work
  • What kind of hours do they work and what is their average pay
  • What education do they need