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Agricultural Engineers - 17-2021.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Apply 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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Agricultural Systems Specialist
  • Conservation Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Product Engineer
  • Product Technology Scientist
  • Project Engineer
  • Research Agricultural Engineer

SOC Occupation Groups

17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations
17-2000 Engineers
17-2020 Agricultural Engineers
17-2021.00 Agricultural Engineers

Related Occupations


  • Conduct educational programs that provide farmers or farm cooperative members with information that can help them improve agricultural productivity.
  • Design agricultural machinery components and equipment, using computer-aided design (CAD) technology.
  • Design and supervise environmental and land reclamation projects in agriculture and related industries.
  • Design food processing plants and related mechanical systems.
  • Design sensing, measuring, and recording devices, and other instrumentation used to study plant or animal life.
  • Design structures for crop storage, animal shelter and loading, and animal and crop processing, and supervise their construction.
  • Discuss plans with clients, contractors, consultants, and other engineers so that they can be evaluated and necessary changes made.
  • Meet with clients, such as district or regional councils, farmers, and developers, to discuss their needs.
  • Plan and direct construction of rural electric-power distribution systems, and irrigation, drainage, and flood control systems for soil and water conservation.
  • Prepare reports, sketches, working drawings, specifications, proposals, and budgets for proposed sites or systems.
  • Provide advice on water quality and issues related to pollution management, river control, and ground and surface water resources.
  • Supervise food processing or manufacturing plant operations.
  • Test agricultural machinery and equipment to ensure adequate performance.
  • Visit sites to observe environmental problems, to consult with contractors, or to monitor construction activities.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others regarding green practices or environmental concerns.
  • Communicate technical information to suppliers, contractors, or regulatory agencies.
  • Confer with other personnel to resolve design or operational problems.
  • Create graphical representations of mechanical equipment.
  • Design electronic or computer equipment or instrumentation.
  • Design industrial processing systems.
  • Design structures or facilities.
  • Develop operational methods or processes that use green materials or emphasize sustainability.
  • Direct construction activities.
  • Direct environmental development activities.
  • Direct industrial production activities.
  • Discuss designs or plans with clients.
  • Document technical design details.
  • Investigate the environmental impact of projects.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
  • Prepare proposal documents.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Engineer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Agricultural-Research Engineer
  • Design-Engineer, Agricultural Equipment
  • Test Engineer, Agricultural Equipment