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Agricultural engineers develop and install agricultural, horticultural and forestry machinery and processes. They also advise farmers, companies and government departments on countryside issues. These could range from crop diversity through to sustainable land use.

This job requires excellent scientific and IT skills. You will need to be able to plan your work effectively. You will also need to be able to lead a team.

To be an agricultural engineer you would need a foundation degree, BTEC HND or degree.

Your work would involve:

  • assessing the environmental impact of intensive production
  • supervising agricultural construction projects, like land drainage, reclamation and irrigation
  • solving engineering problems; for example, making it easier for machinery to move over uneven ground in different weather conditions (known as terramechanics)
  • testing and installing new equipment, such as harvesters, crop sprayers, storage facilities and logging machinery
  • analysing data and using computer modelling to advise farmers and businesses on land use; for instance, how to increase crop yields
  • planning service and repair programmes for machinery.

Depending on the size of the company, you might also be involved in managing and coordinating sales, marketing and technical support.


You would normally work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Your actual hours of work could vary depending on the contract.

You could be based in a laboratory, workshop or office for design and research duties. Site work would be in all weather conditions, on farms or construction projects. You may have to travel, possibly overseas, depending on your role.


Starting salaries can be between £20,000 and £25,000 a year.

Experienced engineers can earn between £26,000 and £35,000.

Chartered engineers can earn over £40,000 a year.

Some overseas relief and development positions may be offered on a voluntary basis.

Entry requirements

To be an agricultural engineer you would need a foundation degree, BTEC HND or degree.

Relevant subjects include:

  • agriculture
  • agricultural engineering
  • environmental engineering
  • electrical or mechanical engineering.

If you have a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Land-based Technology, or relevant experience, you may be able to start work as an agricultural engineering technician, then complete further study to qualify as an agricultural engineer. See the job profile for Agricultural Engineering Technician for more information.

For more information about careers and courses, see the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE)website. The Engineering Training Council (Northern Ireland) has course information for colleges in the region.

Training and development

Once you start work, on-the-job training would be given by your employer. If you have a degree, this could be gained through a place on a graduate apprenticeship scheme.

You could improve your career prospects further by applying for membership of the IAgrE at a grade that suits your level of experience. The IAgrE operates a system of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for its members, which would help you to plan and record your career progression. With experience you could apply for professional registration and gain chartered status through the Engineering Council (UK). To find out more, visit the IAgrE website.

You may be able to apply for Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status with the Society for the Environment if you have experience of environmental or sustainable development projects. See the Society for the Environment website for more details.

Skills and knowledge

To be an agricultural engineer, you should have:

  • the ability to analyse large amounts of information
  • a creative approach to problem solving
  • excellent technical, scientific, maths and IT skills
  • the ability to prioritise and plan work effectively
  • good budgeting skills
  • the ability to take responsibility and lead a team
  • the ability to meet deadlines
  • excellent communication and presentation skills
  • a willingness to work flexibly
  • a commitment to keep up to date with new developments in technology and production methods
  • an interest in environmental issues.

Foreign language skills would be useful for work with overseas clients or travel abroad.


Typical employers include equipment manufacturers, agrochemical companies, government departments, forestry companies, overseas development agencies and educational institutions.

With experience you could move into project management, specialist technical research and development, technical sales, business development, teaching or consultancy work.

You could also move into related areas such as manufacturing and electrical or mechanical engineering. Other options include overseas agricultural development and disaster relief.

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Industry summary

The land‐based engineering industry is part of the environmental and land‐based industries, represented by Lantra Sector Skills Council, which also includes the following industries: agricultural crops; agricultural livestock; animal care; animal technology; aquaculture; equine; environmental conservation; farriery; fencing; fisheries management; floristry; game and wildlife management; horticulture, landscape and sports turf; production horticulture; trees and timber; and veterinary nursing. The sector as a whole currently employs 1,126,000 people (approximately 4% of the UK workforce) in around 230,000 businesses. In addition, there are an estimated 500,000 volunteers working in the sector on a regular basis. Approximately 42% of the workforce is self‐employed.

The land‐based engineering industry includes:

  • Agricultural machinery (i.e. tractors, combine harvesters, cultivation and crop protection machinery)
  • Ground care machinery (i.e. garden, sports turf and local grounds maintenance machinery)
  • Forestry machinery (i.e. chainsaws, chippers and harvesters)
  • Fixed machinery (i.e. grain/crop processing and milking equipment)
  • Construction machinery (i.e. lift trucks and mini diggers)

The industry also includes manufacturers, dealerships, machinery hire companies and independent mechanics.

Key facts:

  • There are approximately 22,833 people working in the industry in the UK, in around 3,350 businesses.
  • The industry employs around 2% of the environmental and land‐based sector’s total workforce.
  • 80% of businesses employ less than 10 staff, 18 employ between 10‐49 staff and only 1.6% employ 50 or more staff.
  • 80% of the workforce is full‐time.

Jobs in the industry include: apprentice trainee technician, manager manufacturing, demonstrator, manufacturing service engineer, diagnostic technician, farm‐based or independent/non‐franchised engineer, sales person, workshop supervisor, crane operator, yardman.

National and regional data

East Midlands – There are an estimated 4,266 employees in the regional workforce, in 350 around businesses.

East of England – There are an estimated 1,238 employees in the regional workforce, in around 415 businesses.

London – There are an estimated 462 employees in the regional workforce, in around 95 businesses.

North East – There are an estimated 514 employees in the regional workforce, in around 75 businesses.

North West – There are an estimated 1,490 employees in the regional workforce, in around 260 businesses.

South East – There are an estimated 2,353 employees in the regional workforce, in around 335 businesses.

South West – There are an estimated 3,264 employees in the regional workforce, in around 390 businesses.

West Midlands – There are an estimated 1,980 employees in the regional workforce, in around 300 businesses.

Yorkshire and the Humber – There are an estimated 898 employees in the regional workforce, in around 295 businesses.

Northern Ireland – There are an estimated 1,957 employees in the regional workforce, in around 295 businesses.

Scotland – There are an estimated 2,529 employees in the regional workforce, in around 355 businesses.

Wales – There are an estimated 1,881 employees in the regional workforce, in around 185 businesses.

[N.B. Date derived from Experian National Surveys Database, 2008.]

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