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Career Opportunities And Job Prospects For Agricultural Engineering Graduates

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Agriculture is the cultivation and breeding of animals, plants and fungi for food, fiber, biofuel, medicinal plants and other products used to sustain and enhance human life.

Engineering is the application of mathematics, science, economics, and social and practical knowledge to invent, innovate, design, build, maintain, research, and improve structures, machines, tools, systems, components, materials, processes, solutions, and organizations.

Agricultural engineering is the branch of engineering that applied engineering science disciplines and technology practices to the efficient production and processing of food, feed, fiber and fuels. This course is made after merging the principles of animal biology, plant biology, mechanical, civil, electrical and chemical engineering.

Scope Of Agricultural Engineering

Agriculture Engineering is a technologically sophisticated field that offers bright career prospects and opportunity in any country around the world, and in various  sectors. Some of the higher study options for the B.Tech graduates in agriculture are: M.Tech in Agricultural Engg, M.Tech in Farm Machinery and Power Engg, M.Tech in Renewable Energy, M.Tech in Crop Production, M.Sc in Rural Technology, PhD in Agri-Informatics, PhD in Rural Technology Well-paid careers are available for qualified agricultural engineers in government and public sector organizations, agribusiness firms, food processing and retail industry, research organizations and laboratories, banks and financial corporations, central and state government organizations and private firms.

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Skills Needed By Agricultural Engineers To Be Successful

  • Quality Control Analysis Skills
  • Operations Analysis Skills
  • Service Orientation Skills
  • Management of Personnel Resources skills
  • Technology Design skills
  • Learning Strategies Skills
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Persuasion Skills
  • Instructing  Skills
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Systems Analysis Skills
  • Systems Evaluation Skills
  • Scientific Skills
  • Monitoring Skills
  • Coordination
  • Time Management Skills
  • Creativity
  • Technicality
  • Ability to identify, analyze and solve problems
  • Judgment and Decision Making

What knowledge is needed to be an Agricultural Engineer?

  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Computer and Electronics
  • Physics
  • Building and Construction
  • English Language
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Administration and Management
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Law and Government
  • Geography
  • Education and Training

Career Opportunities for Agricultural Engineers

  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Agricultural Crop Engineer
  • Agricultural Inspector
  • Agricultural Specialist
  • Farm Shop Manager
  • Researcher
  • Environmental Controls Engineer
  • Food Supervisor
  • Plant Physiologist
  • Agronomist
  • Microbiologist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Survey Research Agricultural Engineer
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Admission Requirements For Studying Agricultural Engineering In Nigeria

For most high institutions in Nigeria, to study Agricultural Engineering as a course, you need to meet specific academic requirements. Candidates seeking admission through the Jamb are required to have five credit level passes in the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (S.S.C.E.) or its equivalent. They includes English Language, Mathematics, Agriculture, Physics, Chemistry.

In UTME, please note that English Language is Compulsory for this course. Therefore, the three (3) other JAMB UTME subject combination needed to study Agricultural Engineering under the Faculty of Engineering;

» Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.

SOME INSTITUTIONS WHERE YOU CAN STUDY AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING

  • • Abia State University  • Adeleke University  • Akwa Ibom State University  • Bauchi State University  • Bayero University Kano  • Enugu State University of Science and Technology  • Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi  • Federal University of Technology Akure  • Federal University of Technology, Owerri  • Federal University, Oye-ekiti  • Imo State University  • Kwara State University  • Ladoke Akintola University of Technology  • Landmark University  • Obafemi Awolowo University  • Olabisi Onabanjo University  • University of Agriculture, Abeokuta  • Yobe State University
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