Applies knowledge of engineering technology and biological science to agricultural problems concerned with power and machinery, electrification, structures, soil and water conservation, and processing of agricultural products.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Power, Structural and Technical Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Prepares reports, sketches, working drawings, specifications, proposals, and budgets for proposed sites or systems.
- Discusses plans with clients, contractors, consultants, and other engineers so that they can be evaluated and necessary changes made.
- Meets with clients, such as district or regional councils, farmers, and developers, to discuss their needs.
- Provides advice on water quality and issues related to pollution management, river control, and ground and surface water resources.
- Plans and directs construction of rural electric-power distribution systems, and irrigation, drainage, and flood control systems for soil and water conservation.
- Designs agricultural machinery components and equipment, using computer-aided design (CAD) technology.
- Tests agricultural machinery and equipment to ensure adequate performance.
- Designs food processing plants and related mechanical systems.
- Visits sites to observe environmental problems, to consult with contractors, or to monitor construction activities.
- Designs structures for crop storage, animal shelter and loading, and animal and crop processing, and supervises their construction.