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Agricultural engineering technology blends engineering principles with agricultural sciences to boost the efficiency, productivity and sustainability of agricultural practices. This article offers a glimpse into the field, the agricultural engineering technologist role and the career opportunities of this rewarding profession.

Improve sustainability, reduce environmental impact

The agricultural engineering technology specialization combines engineering, biology and technology to develop and implement solutions for the agriculture industry. From designing machinery, irrigation systems and crop production techniques to managing livestock and post-harvest processing, agricultural engineering technology plays an instrumental role in modern agriculture by addressing the hurdles agriculturists and the agriculture industry as a whole face.

The main hurdle is feeding an ever-growing global population sustainably. As an agricultural engineering technologist, you can help the agriculture community reach that goal by offering innovative solutions to improve farming and ranching practices, increase crop yield, reduce waste and limit environmental impact. 

Step into the shoes of an agricultural engineering technologist

Agricultural engineering technologists are key to agriculture industry advancement because of their innovation in the following three areas.

  1. Designing cutting-edge agricultural machinery: By using engineering skills to design tools that improve efficiency, accuracy and safety, agricultural engineering technologists help advance agricultural processes such as planting, harvesting, irrigation and livestock management.
  2. Refining agricultural techniques for maximum productivity: Agricultural engineering technologists help people in the agriculture industry achieve higher yields with minimal waste by studying current farming methods and incorporating the latest precision agriculture and automation technology to improve those methods.
  3. Driving sustainability in agriculture through engineering solutions: To promote sustainable agriculture and eco-friendly practices, such as efficient water management systems, renewable energy utilization and waste management techniques, agricultural engineering technologists develop solutions that help preserve our natural resources and reduce environmental impact.

With their diverse responsibilities and skills, agricultural engineering technologists contribute significantly to the growth and development of the agriculture industry. 

Explore the in-demand career paths of agricultural engineering technology

This sought-after field offers promising job prospects and potential for advancement. It also provides a variety of career paths, including the following.

  • Agricultural machinery design and engineering
  • Soil and water conservation engineering
  • Food and bioprocess engineering
  • Agricultural and industrial equipment sales and service
  • Agricultural structures and environmental control engineering
  • Farm and ranch management
  • Oil and gas industry careers
  • Secondary agriculture mechanics teaching

Develop the skills to feed a growing population while protecting the environment

To succeed in agricultural engineering technology, you need certain skills and qualifications. Strong problem-solving skills and a solid understanding of engineering principles, mathematics and computer science are key to designing and developing efficient agriculture systems. Effective communication and teamwork skills are also important for collaborating with farmers, agriculturists, scientists and other professionals to implement agricultural engineering solutions.

With the right skills and qualifications, you can help develop innovative solutions that boost food production, conserve resources and promote environmental sustainability.

 

Contact

Department of Agriculture
936.468.3705
agriculture@sfasu.edu

Agriculture Building
Room 101

Mailing Address:
PO Box 13000, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962