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Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Agricultural Engineering

An agricultural engineering student conducting field researchOhio State’s agricultural engineering program prepares students for careers in industries and agencies providing engineering inputs and services to agricultural production. Though the Agricultural Engineering curriculum focuses on agriculture-related themes, agricultural engineers graduate with an extremely versatile set of skills and knowledge. Our engineers are well prepared for -- and often pursue careers in -- electrical, mechanical, and civil engineering. Our Agricultural Engineering degree allows students to focus on one of three areas: soil and water, structures and facilities, and machinery systems. See below for more information on these focus areas.

Students who specialize in agricultural engineering combine fundamental engineering principles (solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer system, dynamics, instrumentation, and engineering economics) with the engineering design of machines, structures, and water management systems.

Focus Areas

Soil and Water

Student who focus on soil and water study drainage, irrigation, surface water and watertable control, agricultural constructed wetlands, effective and efficient water use, water quality, pollution abatement, and the enhancement of the environment. You will also learn about soil-water-plant relationships, and water quality and quantity in crop and livestock systems. Students who focus in this area are hired by municipalities, construction companies, petroleum and chemical companies, agricultural consulting firms, and government agencies.

Structures and Facilities

Students interested in the design and development of structures and related equipment for plant, animal, and biomass production learn to design and analyze energy- efficient and environmental control systems. Students study computer-controlled environments, irrigation systems, and solar energy applications. Agricultural engineers who focus on this area design, manufacture, and construct agricultural facilities.

Machinery Systems

In this area, students learn to design machinery to increase agricultural production with less labor and energy, while emphasizing safety and environmental benefits. Students study mechanical systems for producing crops, material handling and transportation, precision agriculture, GPS/GIS applications, computerized controls, lasers, digital imaging, and robotics. Students who focus in this area are highly versatile, working for agricultural equipment companies and non-agricultural industries involving machine design and engineering skills for mechanical applications.


Career Tools For Agricultural Engineering

Discover resources that will lead you towards an internship/co-op or full time career employment.  Engineering Career Services can help you!  Registering with ECS in 2 easy steps will give you complete access to all of our services, including:

  • Engineering-specific job postings and on-campus interview opportunities through Ohio State’s online career network and database, Handshake
  • Resume referrals
  • Professional consultations 
  • Employer networking opportunities 
  • Special events/programming
  • Helpful resources

The internship/co-op/full time career employment positions below are from employers who list “Agricultural Engineering” as a major they would be interested in hiring. These employers have selected Ohio State as a key partner.  Please keep in mind this is just a sampling. We invite you to explore your Handshake account as varying search criteria could yield different results.