Land-based Engineers

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Land-based engineers generate solutions to engineering problems within the fields of forestry, horticulture, agriculture, food processing and the environment.

Land-based engineers combine their technical ability with scientific knowledge to solve problems.

Typical responsibilities of the job include:

  • designing and testing agricultural equipment including sprayers and ploughs

  • designing and producing agricultural vehicles such as harvesters, tractors and loaders

  • providing advice about soil conservation methods

  • undertaking environmental impact assessments to determine the effect developments would have on the environment

  • producing designs for and managing the construction of farm buildings

  • working in emergency situations to restore water or electricity supplies following natural or human disasters

  • designing, planning and overseeing the construction of irrigation and drainage systems

  • writing and presenting reports

  • carrying out relevant research

  • giving technical support to customers and dealers

  • providing consultancy services


Qualifications and training required


There are routes into this profession for both graduates and school leavers. Graduates will need a degree in a relevant subject such as environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or electronic engineering.



Key skills for land-based engineers


  • Initiative

  • Flexibility

  • Ingenuity

  • Good communication skills

  • Technical skills

  • Analytical skills

  • Problem-solving skills

  • IT skills

  • Ability to work well within a team


Typical employers of land-based engineers


  • Machinery dealerships

  • Machinery manufacturers

  • Government departments

  • Universities

  • Agricultural or environmental consultancies.


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