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Agricultural engineer

What is it like to be an Agricultural engineer?

Agricultural engineers find solutions to problems related to the sustainable production of agriculture, environmental impacts of intensive agriculture, and the post-harvest handling of agricultural and other primary products. Agriculture engineering covers a vast array of areas including agricultural hydrology, machinery, terramechanics, environmental management, controlled environments, post-harvest technology and electronics and instrumentation, among others.

Agricultural engineers work in a range of settings including private industry, government departments such as water supply, agriculture, forestry, soil conservation and environment protection agencies, as well as private engineering firms and research agencies.

For more information about a career as an Agricultural engineer, visit the Job Outlook website.

Employment Level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Agricultural engineers use their knowledge in engineering science and technology to advise agricultural production and management of natural resources. As an agricultural engineer, you’ll have a strong interest in the agricultural field and its prosperity.

  • An analytical mind and an aptitude for solving problems
  • Responsible and able to work without supervision
  • Communication skills
  • Proficient in computing and design 

To become an Agricultural engineer

To be able to become an Agricultural engineer, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

Professional Accreditation

A graduate of the Bachelor of Engineering Science is eligible to apply for graduate membership of Engineers Australia as an Engineering Technologist. After further professional development, a graduate member with a Bachelor of Engineering Science may apply for chartered status as an Engineering Technologist and, when granted, may use the post-nominal TMIEAust CEngT.

If you have already completed an engineering technologist qualification and wish to qualify as a Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia, there are other Master degrees to assist you.

A graduate of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia as a graduate Professional Engineer.

After further professional development, a graduate member with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) may apply for chartered status as a Professional Engineer and, when granted, may use the post-nominal MIEAust CPEng.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program is accredited by Engineers Australia and, through an agreement reached between the professional engineering bodies of other countries (the Washington Accord), is also recognised in those countries that are signatories to the Washington Accord.


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