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Environmental Agricultural Engineer Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Environmental Agricultural Engineer. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Environmental Agricultural Engineer
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Environmental Agricultural Engineer Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Agricultural engineers help farmers and market gardeners to benefit from modern technology by applying their scientific and technical knowledge of engineering to the biological and physical limitations of agriculture and horticulture. They use their knowledge of machine performance to design and develop cost-effective, mechanical systems for farm work. This often involves using computers.

Agricultural engineers can work in a number of areas. Some work in manufacturing: designing, developing, and testing new products and machinery, such as tractors, combine harvesters and forestry equipment. Some engineers deal with the use of the land itself, working in areas such as drainage, irrigation, land reclamation and clearance. They design equipment for crop protection and processing, and for preventing soil erosion. Others are employed in forestry.

Other engineers work in environmental control, developing farm buildings for livestock and crop storage. This also involves applying knowledge of electronics and electronic controls systems, as well as an understanding of biological processes.

Agricultural engineers may teach in universities and colleges, although a teaching qualification and practical experience are also needed.

Hours and Environment

The hours often depend on the workload and the urgency of projects. Flexibility is often required, as some engineers may be on call and others may spend time travelling abroad, involving periods away from home.

Agricultural engineers involved with design and research spend much of their time indoors, in laboratories and design offices. Field engineers spend some of their time outdoors visiting farms.

Skills and Interests

As an agricultural engineer you will need:

  • a sound understanding of engineering technology and scientific methods
  • an interest in engineering in all its forms
  • the ability to generate new, innovative ideas
  • the ability to manage and organise your own workload
  • to be able to work alone and as part of a team
  • be able to manage complex issues, analyse problems logically and pay attention to detail
  • good communication and computer skills
  • physical fitness for outdoor work.
  • In addition, foreign language skills may be useful for some jobs.


Entrants usually have a degree or BTEC/SQA higher national award in a relevant branch of engineering such as agricultural engineering, environmental engineering, machinery design and development, and soil and water engineering.

Entry to degree courses requires five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) with three A levels/four H grades or equivalent, including maths and/or engineering science.

Entry to a BTEC/SQA HND requires four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) with one A level/two H grades or equivalent.

Contact the Institution of Agricultural Engineers for a full list of colleges and courses.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.


Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).

To register as an Incorporated Agricultural Engineer (IEng) applicants must have: a relevant qualification accredited by the Engineering Council; two years industrial training - the time spent on industrial sandwich placements during academic courses can be taken into account to reduce the length of this period followed by a further period of suitable responsible work experience; attended a Professional Review interview at the Institution of Agricultural Engineers(IAgrE).

IAgrE also operates a system of Continuing Professional Development, which helps engineers record and plan their professional development. This includes the opportunity for further study, to attend conferences and to write articles and papers.


Many agricultural engineers are employed by research institutes and agricultural equipment manufacturers.

Small companies are active in the industry, and prospects for promotion within these firms are good.The career structure within the trade is flexible and management opportunities often arise for employees with relevant experience.

Once qualified, agricultural engineers may also become self-employed as advisors or as partners in a consultancy. This work is often very specialised. There are opportunities to work abroad, particularly in developing countries, where agricultural engineers might help to improve food production.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

Salaries start around £9,000.
An experienced operator can earn in the region of £11,000.
A senior telephone operator can earn £15,000 or more.

Further information

Institution of Agricultural Engineers
West End Road
MK45 4DU
Tel. 01525 861096

The Engineering Council
10 Maltrevers St
Tel. 020 7240 7891

Other Useful Environmental Agricultural Engineer Work Information

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