Thursday, 23rd November 2017
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LAND-BASED ENGINEER

Land-based, or agricultural engineers are skilled and qualified professionals who develop and design new equipment, technology and practices for the agricultural industry to make production more effective, or to better protect the environment. Land-based engineers will research, design, manufacture and install new developments, depending on their specific role.

Land-based engineers can work in research and development areas of agricultural technology or sustainable land-use. Regardless of the specific areas of work, land-based engineers will have a variety of analytical, scientific, technical and practical skills that they will need to use to perform a variety of tasks.

Typical responsibilities and tasks might include:

  • Visiting sites and conducting field research and testing
  • Solving engineering problems with existing machinery or technologies
  • Manipulating land so that machinery is used more efficiently – (terra-mechanics)
  • Researching and designing new equipment and technology
  • Testing new designs and installing them
  • Planning service and repairs
  • Analysing data and results
  • Keeping updated on latest technology advancements

Engineers must assess the environmental impacts of agricultural production and develop sustainable farming technology and practices. A lot of their time is spent outside, conducting research and liaising with particular farms and farmers. Research and testing is often done in a laboratory or office environment, but there is often variety in an engineer’s routine.

Work as a land-based engineer is not limited to within the UK, as there are growing amounts of opportunities for skilled and experienced agricultural engineers abroad, particularly in developing countries.