Agricultural Engineers perform and supervise engineering work related to the use and development of agricultural land, buildings, machines and equipment.

    A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in agricultural engineering is needed to work as an Agricultural Engineer. Some Agricultural Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Studies operating requirements for a variety of agricultural machinery, structures and equipment and engages in research and development work.
    • Advises employers, associates or clients on agricultural engineering matters and may consult with other specialists.
    • Designs machinery, structures and equipment and prepares working drawings and other specifications, indicating materials to be used and methods of manufacture and construction.
    • Supervises construction or manufacture and installation of structures and equipment and tests completed work to ensure compliance with specifications and safety standards.

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    • $2,155 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Agricultural Engineers

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    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 5% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Agricultural Engineers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 80 in 2011 to 90 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Agricultural Engineers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Manufacturing; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (91%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (55%).
    • Gender: 5% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    • SA

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    A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in agricultural engineering is needed to work as an Agricultural Engineer. Some Agricultural Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

    Registration may be compulsory in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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    Employers look for Other Engineering Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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    1. Engineering and Technology

      92% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    2. Design

      87% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    3. Mathematics

      83% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Physics

      80% Skill level

      The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

    5. Mechanical

      73% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2021.00 - Agricultural Engineers.

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    1. Electronic Mail

      98% Important

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    2. Telephone

      97% Important

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    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      95% Important

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    4. Freedom to Make Decisions

      88% Important

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    5. Work With Work Group or Team

      84% Important

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2021.00 - Agricultural Engineers.

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