Career in Agricultural Engineering

Agricultural Engineering is the branch of engineering which deals with the construction, design, and improvement of farming equipment and machinery.Agricultural engineering integrates technology into farming. For example, it designs new and refined farming equipment that work more efficiently.

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Salary after Agriculture Engineering

After completing agriculture engineering a student gets decent earning opportunities. His first income starts from 4 lakh to 5 lakh per annum.

Agriculture Engineering Recruiters

An agriculture engineer has many options to choose when it comes to the choosing his/her work area. These industries or companies are given below:

  • AMUL Dairy
  • Nestle India
  • Frigorifico Allana
  • ITC
  • Farming Industry Consultants
  • Agricultural Commodities Processors
  • Escorts
  • Proagro Seed

Eligibility Criteria for Admission in Civil Engineering

The minimum educational requirement for pursuing agriculture engineering is 50 percent marks in 10+ 2 in science stream. For pursuing master degree a student has to complete graduation level course first.

What is an Agricultural Engineering is all about?

Agricultural Engineering is the branch of engineering which deals with the construction, design, and improvement of farming equipment and machinery.Agricultural engineering integrates technology into farming. For example, it designs new and refined farming equipment that work more efficiently. It designs and builds agricultural infrastructure such as water reservoirs, warehouses, dams, and other structures. It also tries to find solutions for pollution control at large farms. Some agricultural engineers are developing new variety of bio-fuels from non-food resources like algae and agricultural waste. Such fuels could economically and sustainably replace gasoline without risking the food supply.

Courses in Agriculture Engineering

There are two courses in Agriculture engineering i.e. at graduate level, B. Tech in Agriculture Engineering and At Master level, M. Tech in Agriculture Engineering.

Agriculture Engineering Entrance Exams

Exams for B. Tech Course in Agriculture Engineering

  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) All India Entrance Examination
  • Common Engineering Entrance Test (Haryana CET)
  • All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE)
  • Bharath University Engineering Entrance Examination
  • Engineering, Agriculture and Medicine Common Entrance Test (EAMCET)
  • Gujarat Common Entrance Test (GCET)
  • Institute Of Technology (BHU) Entrance Exam
  • National Institute of Technology Combined Pre-Entrance Test
  • Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHCET)
  • Delhi University Combined Entrance Test
  • Jammu & Kashmir State Level Entrance Test (SLET)
  • Punjab University Common Entrance Test (CET)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Engineering, Agriculture and Medicine Common Entrance Test (CET)
  • Indian Institute Of Technology Joint Entrance Exam
  • Tamil Nadu Professional Courses Entrance Exam (TNPCEE)
  • Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Exam (JCECE)
  • Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Exam (BCECE)
  • Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University CET
  • Indian Institute of Technology – Join Admission Test (IIT – JAM)
  • North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) entrance examination
  • GGSIP University Combined Entrance Test (CET)
  • Joint Admission Test (JAT)
  • Kerala Engineering Agricultural Medical (KEAM)
  • Uttar Pradesh State Engineering Admission Test (UPSEAT)

Entrance Exams for M. Tech in Agricultural Engineering

  • North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) entrance examination
  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) All India Entrance Examination
  • Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering
  • Indian Institute of Technology – Join Admission Test (IIT – JAM)

Agriculture Engineering Subjects and Syllabus

  • Engineering Chemistry
  • Engineering Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Basic Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Graphic
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Environment and Ecology
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Basic Electronics
  • Numerical Analysis & Computer Programming (C, C++)
  • Material Science
  • Strength of Materials
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Soil Science
  • Computer Programming
  • Soil Science Lab
  • Hydrology
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Kinematics and Dynamics
  • Crop Production
  • Hydrology
  • Kinematics and Dynamics
  • Electrical Machines
  • Agriculture Engineering Structures & Rural Engineering
  • Post-Harvest Engineering
  • Soil and Water Conservation Engineering
  • Building Materials and Structural Design
  • Agriculture Engineering Structures and Rural Engineering
  • Post-Harvest Engineering
  • Pumps Engineering & Hydraulic Control
  • Irrigation Engineering
  • Farm Machinery
  • Refrigeration and Air-conditioning
  • Pumps Engineering & Hydraulic Control
  • Farm Machinery / Irrigation Engineering
  • Ground Water and Well Engineering
  • Instrumentation and Control Engineering in Agriculture

List of Universities Carrying Out Exams in Agricultural Engineering

  • Tamilnadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai
  • Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University Hisar, Haryana
  • Chandra Shekhar Azad Agricultural University
  • Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Tamil Nadu
  • Central Agricultural University, Manipur
  • Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel University of Agriculture & Technology, Uttar Pradesh
  • Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agricluture & Technology
  • North Eastern Hill University (North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology, Itanagar)
  • Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University
  • Allahabad University (Allahabad Agriculture Institute)
  • Chaudhari Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University
  • Kerala Agricultural University
  • G B Pant University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Gujarat Agricultural University, Gujarat
  • Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi
  • Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Chhattisgarh
  • Assam Agricultural University
  • Maharana Pratap University of Agricluture & Technology, Udaipur
  • Maharashtra Animal & Fishery Sciences University
  • Marathwada Agricultural University, Parbhani
  • Marathwada Krishi Vishwavidyalaya
  • Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Orissa
  • Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana - Punjab
  • Rajasthan Agricultural University, Bikaner
  • Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya
  • West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences
  • Allahabad Agricultural Institute, Uttar Pradesh
  • Bidhan Chandra Krishi Vishwavidyalaya
  • Birsa Agricultural University, Jharkhand
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Krishi Nagar
  • Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri
  • Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa, Samastipur, Bihar
  • University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore
  • Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Srinagar
  • Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, Raipur, Madhya Pradesh
  • Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vishwavidyalaya
  • Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishwavidyalaya

Career in Agriculture Engineering

Most Agriculture engineers design and test agricultural equipment, machinery, and parts. They design food processing plants and food storage structures. Some also design housing and environments for livestock. They plan and oversee land reclamation projects on farms. Some are involved in agricultural waste-to-energy projects and carbon sequestration. We have elaborated about the work profiles of agriculture engineers in later part of this article.

Most agricultural engineers (17%) were employed in engineering, architectural, and related services. 16% were employed by the government. Another 14% worked in food manufacturing. 13% worked in agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing. Another 6% were working as educators.

Agricultural engineers work both indoors and outdoors. They spend time in offices creating plans and managing projects, and in agricultural settings inspecting sites, monitoring equipment, and overseeing reclamation and water management projects.

These engineers may also work in laboratories and classrooms. They may collaborate with others to plan and solve problems. For example, they may work with horticulturalists, agronomists, animal scientists, and geneticists.

Job opportunities for Agriculture Engineers

Agricultural engineers work in various sectors such as farming, forestry, and food processing etc. They work on a wide variety of projects. For example, some agricultural engineers work to develop climate control systems that increase the comfort and productivity of livestock whereas others work to increase the storage capacity and efficiency of refrigeration.

Many agricultural engineers endeavour to develop better solutions for animal waste disposal. Those with computer programming skills work to integrate geospatial systems and artificial intelligence into agriculture. For example, they work to efficiency in fertilizer application or to automate harvesting systems. As now we know, an Agriculture Engineer has many roles to play after completion of his/her course.  These roles are given below:

  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Plant Physiologist
  • Survey Research Agricultural Engineer
  • Environmental Controls Engineer
  • Microbiologist
  • Food Supervisor
  • Agricultural Inspector
  • Agricultural Specialist
  • Farm Shop Manager
  • Researcher
  • Agronomist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Agricultural Crop Engineer

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