Agriculture and related industries are key contributors to the South African economy. Agricultural engineering involves exploring opportunities and challenges related to agricultural production, processing and distribution with the goal of ensuring profitable and sustainable agriculture and related practices.
As part of multi-disciplinary teams, agricultural engineers engage with varied professionals, exploring innovative strategies and opportunities to deal with challenges. They typically work in offices and laboratories and sometimes on-site to assess the needs of farming and related operations.
Agricultural engineers must have a comprehensive knowledge and ability to apply scientific and mathematical principles and be able to use popular engineering and design software to design equipment, machinery and processes. They will also benefit from:
Design and manage agricultural equipment, machinery and processes
Oversee and manage construction and production operations
Modify environmental factors that affect agricultural production
Research technical problems and develop new methods and techniques
B.Sc.Agric. in Agricultural and Rural Engineering at Univen
B.Sc.Eng. in Bio-resources Engineering at UKZN
B.Sc.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering at UCT, UKZN and Wits
B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering at NWU, SU, UJ and UP
National, provincial and local government.
Financial and banking institutions.
NGOs, community-based and development organisations and private consultancies.
Agricultural equipment manufacturers.
Various organisations along the agriculture value chain.