(ag-ri-kuhl-cher-uhl en-juh-neer-ing) (n.)
The practice of applying new technologies to agricultural processes. Agricultural engineers work on a variety of activities, including forestry, land farming and aquaculture. Agricultural engineers are also involved in producing new forms of power generation, and they design and supervise land and environmental reclamation projects. They test equipment and machinery to ensure proper function, and they also supervise maintenance, repair and other manufacturing operations.
Problem-solving skills are important for agricultural engineers, who work on problems affecting many areas of agricultural production. Advanced math and science knowledge are also important for agricultural engineers. Good agricultural engineers understand the importance of teamwork, as they regularly work with others to design solutions with environmental and mechanical dimensions. Agricultural engineers are most commonly employed by the architectural, construction and mining industries. They usually work full time and in various types of weather conditions.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), individuals looking for employment as an agricultural engineer should have bachelor's degrees in biological, agricultural engineering or similar fields. However, employers value people with experience, so university engineering programs are also an advantage. Agricultural engineers wishing to provide a service to the public will need to have a license, which requires passing a two-part examination. The salary of an agricultural engineer depends largely on qualifications, experience and industry. Due to an increased interest in international farming products and the design of new equipment, the demand for agricultural engineers is high.
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