In this article, we will have an in-depth analysis of Post Graduate course- M.E./M.Tech. Agricultural Engineering. It is a job oriented and slightly less pursued PG Engineering course. Due to it being pursued by lesser number of students, the job market associated with this course is relatively less saturated. Also, after completing this course, folks will be able to find decent, well paying Government as well as Private sector jobs. In this article, you will find information such as- basic course details, important subjects present, eligibility criteria, scope and job opportunities.
Students who are interested in the field of Agriculture, Food Processing and Agricultural Machinery may pursue this course. It is one of the best PG course that students possessing a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture related courses may pursue!
Let us take a look at the basic course details as well as course duration-
M.E./M.Tech. Agricultural Engineering: Basic course details
It is a 2 years long Post Graduate Level program. The 2 years’ duration is divided into 4 semesters, with each semester lasting a period of 6 months. Along with theoretical subjects, practical sessions will also be present throughout the 4 semesters.
M.E./M.Tech. Agricultural Engineering program revolves around the core subjects of Agricultural Machinery Engineering, Food Processing and Engineering, Soil and Water Resources and Engineering and Renewable Energy Sources Engineering. So, like B.E./B.Tech. Agricultural Engineering program, this program is also about using concepts of Engineering and Science to improve Agricultural productivity and solve the issues faced by the sector of Agriculture.
In the next section, I’ve listed the core subjects and the main topics present in those subjects. Come, let us take a look at the important subjects present in M.E./M.Tech. Agricultural Engineering program.
M.E./M.Tech. Agricultural Engineering: Important subjects present
I’ve listed only very important topics coming under the core subjects. This has been done so that students may get a better idea about the course structure and the nature of the course.
Agricultural Machinery Engineering
- Farm Power and Farm Machinery Design
- Soil Dynamics in Tillage and Traction
- Tractors and Farm Equipment
- Computer Graphics and CAD
- Instrumentation in Farm Machinery
- System Engineering
- Farm Operations and Safety Management
- Power Engineering
- Conservation of Energy
Food Processing and Engineering
- Food Processing Engineering
- Transportation of Food Products
- Equipment Design and Plant Design
- Vegetable Processing Engineering
- Pulses Processing Engineering
- Cereals Processing Engineering
- Fruits Processing Engineering
- Meat Processing Engineering
- Biochemical Engineering
- Process Engineering
- Storage of Food Products
- Refrigeration Engineering
Soil and Water Engineering
- Irrigation System Design
- Soil and Water Conservation Engineering
- Ground Water Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Drainage System Design
- Watershed Management
- Earth Moving Machinery
- Soil Erosion Control
- Remote Sensing Technology
- Pumps and similar Machinery
Renewable Energy Sources and Engineering
- Solar Energy Technology
- Wind Energy Technology
- Biomass Energy
- Bio gas Technology
- Greenhouse Technology
- Energy Management
- Alternate Fuel Sources and Technology
Apart from the above mentioned core subjects, some other minor subjects such as Communication Skills, Information Technology, Entrepreneurship Development, Management and Safety Management are also present in M.E./M.Tech. Agricultural Engineering program.
Seminars, Project work and Industrial training and visits also form a crucial part of this M.E./M.Tech. program.
Since this is a PG course, Bachelor’s Degree in B.E./B.Tech. Agricultural Engineering is required.
Scope, Job opportunities and Salary details
One may join Agriculture Departments of different State Governments. They may easily land Officer’s posts in this department. Apart from that, other Government Departments where graduates may find jobs are- Food Department, Research Departments, Diary Boards, Government Colleges (as Lecturer) etc.
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When it comes to Private sector, Fertilizer firms, Research and development firms, Agriculture Machinery manufacturing firms, Food Products Processing and Manufacturing firms, Colleges (as Lecturers), Energy Sector firms etc are the prime recruiters. Starting salary is generally between 3-5 Lakh Rupees per year.
Some well known job posts available in front of M.E./M.Tech. passed students are-
- Agriculture Officer
- Quality Assurance Officer
- Farm Manager
- Research Engineer
- Process Manager
- Purchase Manager
- Equipment Design Engineer
- Resources Manager
PhD program will open door that will lead one to the R&D sector also. Working as an independent consultant is another option in front of students after they complete M.E./M.Tech. program.