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Agricultural Engineering Overview - Preparation - Day In The Life - Earnings - Employment - Career Path Forecast - Professional Organizations

Agricultural Engineering graduates may improve crop production system, design animal facilities, analyze food production systems, or test machinery.  They must have strong analytical stills and be detail oriented. In addition, they must work well in team situations as they are often called upon to work in a group setting with other engineers and with others outside of engineering. 

Agricultural Engineering Programs
A bachelor's degree in engineering is required for almost all entry-level engineering jobs. Accredited agricultural engineering programs usually provide broad studies in the physical, chemical, and biological sciences in addition to course work in civil, mechanical, and/or chemical engineering. It is important to select a program that is accredited in Agricultural Engineering. Programs accredited in Agricultural Engineering are sometimes also called Biosystems Engineering, Bioresource Engineering, or Biological System Engineering.

Admission Requirements
Admissions requirements for undergraduate engineering schools include a solid background in mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus) and science (biology, chemistry, and physics), and courses in English, social studies, humanities, and computer and information technology. Bachelor's degree programs in engineering typically are designed to last 4 years, but many students find that it takes between 4 and 5 years to complete their studies. In a typical 4-year college curriculum, the first 2 years are spent studying mathematics, basic sciences, introductory engineering, humanities, and social sciences. In the last 2 years, most courses are in engineering, usually with a concentration in one branch. For example, the last two years of an agricultural engineering program might include courses in avian biology, soil science, plant physiology, and manufacturing systems engineering.

Internships and Coops provide students with a great opportunity to gain real-world experience while still in school. Many universities offer co-op and internship programs for students studying Agricultural Engineering. Click here for more information.

Courses of Study
Students specializing in Agricultural Engineering will learn to integrate engineering analysis and design with biology to address challenges in the production, processing, packaging, and distribution of diverse agricultural products.  It requires knowledge of a range of subjects which may include field machinery design, soil science, plant physiology, avian biology, engineering hydraulics, and entomology. Students pursuing a degree in agricultural engineering usually complete a diverse curriculum to prepare them to work toward improving agricultural systems.

Accredited Programs
Those interested in a career in Agricultural Engineering should consider reviewing engineering programs that are accredited by ABET, Inc. 

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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