Agricultural Engineers

  1. Description


At the beginning of the twentieth century, it took four farmers to grow enough food for ten people. By the end of the century, one farmer could feed one hundred.

Agricultural engineers have contributed to this dramatic improvement. They’ve invented machinery, improved production systems, and found ways to grow healthier and stronger plants.

Agricultural engineers use science and math to meet agricultural challenges. They help farms grow better and more food, look for ways to conserve soil and water, and design tools and equipment.

Did You Know?

Agricultural engineers are using enzymes to convert fats in foods to healthier substances.

Are You Ready To...?

  • Solve complex problems
  • Work outdoors and in
  • Travel to different job sites
  • Use tools and large machines
  • Be careful and accurate
  • Work as part of a team

It Helps To Be...

A math and science fan who enjoys solving problems and working with machines. If you love plants, animals, and the satisfaction of seeing your ideas bear fruit, this could be a great career for you.

Make High School Count

  • Take advanced math and science courses.
  • Pay attention in English. You’ll need to write about your ideas.
  • Build computer skills. Take computer science and computer-assisted drafting.
  • Sign up for shop class and get hands-on experience with tools and machines.
  • Join a group or club that deals with agriculture, such as 4-H or FFA.

Did You Know?

Agricultural engineers now use Global Positioning Systems (GPS), a network of computers and satellites, to help farmers get the biggest possible crops from their land and water.