Agricultural Engineer

AKA: Design Engineer


Science can amuse and fascinate us all, but it is engineering that changes the world.

Isaac Asimov
Agricultural Engineer

In A Nutshell

I design systems and equipment to make a specific aspect of farming easier and safer. 

I work with a team to build the designs and test them to make sure they do the job we need them to do.  

I work with farmers, contractors, and consultants to identify potential problems and use my knowledge of engineering to work around them. 


Potential Salary Range

$60,000 - 90,000 Annually

Which provinces would this job be in?

Alberta AB
British Columbia BC
British Columbia
Manitoba MB
New Brunswick NB
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador NL
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Nunavut NU
Northwest Territories NWT
Northwest Territories
Ontario ON
Prince Edward Island PEI
Prince Edward Island
Quebec QC
Saskwatchewan SK
Yukon Territories YT
Yukon Territories

My workplace varies everyday. Some days, I’m in the office designing systems and working at a computer. Other days, I’m in the field or at a job site working hands-on with farmers and contractors. 


Indoor / Outdoor

Job Requirements & Duties

  • Plan and supervise the construction of agriculture related structures or systems
  • Evaluate existing equipment that is used for farming to improve the design
  • Understand environmental factors that could impact animal or crop production and think of solutions for these challenges
  • Be familiar with laws and codes to make sure all designs meet industry standards
  • Prepare design reports and present them to clients and colleagues
  • Test systems and equipment to make sure they are safe and reliable 

Education & Training

  • A university degree in mechanical, industrial, or similar type of engineering is required for this job. A post-graduate degree can help prospective employees stand apart from the competition.

Job Outlook

    As the world tries to feed more people more efficiently, agricultural engineers will be needed to improve systems and help the industry become more productive.  

Related School Subjects

69 Math
Ed. Prof. et Tech.
Career Education

What words come to mind when thinking about this career?

Design Technology Math Engineering

Important Skills

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Problem Solving

My main role as an agricultural engineer is to take a farming problem that is presented to me, and figure out an innovative and functional solution to it.


I usually work with a team of contractors or technicians who count on me for guidance and direction as we design and create our engineering systems. 

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One of the challenges of this job is finding a solution to a problem without creating new ones along the way. Having an eye for detail helps me catch these problems so they don’t become a disaster. 

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Computer & Technological

Technology is a big part of modern engineering. Everything from designing equipment to using machines to build and fix parts is fair game for an agricultural engineer to be comfortable with. 


The Best Things About This Job Are…

Pays Well
Helps Others
Problem Solving
Making a Difference in the World
Work Changes Daily