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Agricultural Systems Technology Pathway

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Program Description
Students will apply knowledge of engineering and biological science to agricultural problems concerned with processing agricultural products, cultivation, soil and water conservation, machinery, electric power, and structures.

You Will Learn
  • Basic skills related to the mechanical activities involved with agricultural production and service.
  • How to develop criteria for the design, manufacture, and construction of agricultural equipment, structures, and facilities.
  • Skills in the areas of working hot and cold metal, tool reconditioning, plumbing, painting, bill of materials, small gas engines, and basic welding.
  • The benefits of a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Program.
  • The role of FFA in Agricultural Education programs.
Pathway Brochure
Class availability may vary at your high school.
Agricultural Systems Technology - PDF

Student Leadership Organization
FFA is the student leadership organization for Agricultural Education. FFA is an integral and necessary component of the overall program. FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through Agricultural Education.

Beyond High School
There are a number of options for education and training beyond high school, depending on your career goals.

  • Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelorís degree
  • Professional degree
  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military training


Sample Occupations
  • Agricultural Education Teacher
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Agricultural Engineer Technician
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Equipment Parts Manager
  • Environment Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Machinist
  • Recycling Technician
  • Welder
Workforce Trends
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the growing interest in worldwide standardization of agricultural equipment should result in increased employment of agricultural engineers. Job opportunities also should result from the increasing demand for agricultural products, the continued efforts for more efficient agricultural production, and the increasing emphasis on the conservation of resources. In addition to those resulting from employment growth, job openings will be created by the need to replace agricultural engineers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force.

Agricultural Engineer: Job opportunities should result from an increased demand for agricultural products and desire for more efficient agricultural production and resource conservation. Agricultural engineers work for professional, scientific, and technical services, supplying consultant services to farmers and farm-related industries. Others work in a wide variety of industries, including crops and livestock as well as manufacturing and government.

Agricultural Engineering Technician: Employment will be limited by computer-aided design and other technologies that increase productivity. Opportunities will be best for those who have an associate degree or extensive job training.

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