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This is professional work in the field of agricultural engineering research.

Work involves research, development, and evaluation of design criteria, methods, processes, instrumentation, and equipment for water management, energy conservation, environmental structures, waste management, and the production, harvesting, processing, and handling of food and fiber.

Methods of fulfilling responsibilities are usually at discretion of employee with a professional superior available for consultation and assistance. Employees allocated to this class of work may supervise the work of an Agricultural Research Engineer I. Work is performed under general direction of the professional superior and is reviewed through periodic conferences and upon completion.


Plans, organizes, and conducts research on conservation of energy in crop drying, irrigation of horticultural crops or any other appropriate area of agricultural engineering.

Supervises and participates in literature searches.

Prepares budget estimates and recommendations for equipment and supplies.

Plans and directs work of research technicians and other staff.

Develops procedures, designs new or adapts existing facilities and equipment to carry out specific studies.

Supervises the collection of experimental data.

Evaluates experimental data by statistical methods.

Publishes scientific reports, articles, and bulletins on research results.

Assists in developing project funding proposals and project status reports.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master of science degree in agricultural engineering and some experience in planning and conducting research; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Thorough knowledge of engineering research methods, techniques, and procedures.

Thorough knowledge of engineering principles, the physical sciences, and the biological sciences as related to engineering.

Ability to design, organize, and implement creative and innovative agricultural engineering research programs.

Ability to effectively plan, organize, and direct the work of subordinate personnel.

Ability to prepare reports and publications of research results.

Ability to speak before various groups.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other research scientists, administrative personnel, and fellow employees.



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