Several Agricultural Universities and Engineering institutes in India offer Agricultural Engineering as a discipline. Even though it may sound unattractive, it is in fact a highly job-oriented field of engineering, especially in an agri-heavy such as India.
Graduates with an agricultural engineering degree can easily land a job as an officer in any of the government departments related to agriculture such as the state and central food departments, Research Departments, state-wise dairy boards and the miscellaneous coir board.
Prime recruiters of agricultural engineers in the private sector are fertilizer firms, research and development firms, agriculture machinery manufacturing firms, food processing and manufacturing units. Average starting salary is between 2.5- 4.5 Lakh Rupees per year.
After gaining sufficient work experience (Government or Private job), one may start working as a Consultant. But to begin with these are some of the jobs an agricultural engineer can look at:
- Agricultural Officer: Usually working as intermediaries between farmers and researchers, they guide and encourage farmers with decision making with regard to using newer technologies, while ensuring that right practices are followed to avail the best results.
- Quality Assurance Officer: The primary role of a quality assurance manager in the agricultural field is to ensure that the products produced must achieve and pass set standards and meet the guidelines, prior to when they become available for purchase. This may be with regards to construction, animal, seed and food production.
- Farm Manager: Farm managers are involved in the daily planning and organisation of duties on large commercial farm estates, along with supervising and administrative responsibilities of all the activities.
- Research Engineer: Agricultural research engineers troubleshoot common problems that arise and try to address them by creating innovative technologies using their background in engineering. Research engineers may work on improving crop yield by enforcing climate control systems, automated harvesting systems or efficient waste management solutions to name a few.
- Process Manager: Responsibility of the implementation of improvement strategies and supervision of the same lies on an agricultural process manager. An engineer employed to this position assures that a maintainable standard is achieved with regard to the nation’s supply of food.
- Purchase Manager: Agricultural purchase managers lead the path to developing and implementing efficient purchasing strategies. They forecast market trends and prices and establish benchmarks before partnering with appropriate vendors and suppliers. An innate sense of business and an interest in market dynamics is essential to excel as an agricultural purchase manager.
Higher Education after agricultural engineering
A person who has opted for agricultural engineering can also go for higher education or even specializations in several related areas. Master’s programmes and job oriented training is offered in different branches such as:
- Animal Production and Care
- Biofuel Production and Utilisation
- Crop production-seeding, Tillage and Irrigation Practices
- Design of Agricultural Machinery