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Agriculture & Food Engineering Manager

Career Area: Engineering

Occupation Group: Engineering Managers

Salary

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A typical Agriculture & Food Engineering Manager earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $98,678

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $98,221

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Oversees engineering and technical design of agricultural engineering projects, such as cultivating, transporting and preparing food stuffs. Manages communication and coordination among different types of engineers working on a project. Supervises project schedule, budget, and communications with stakeholders.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina3+10.1%
Nationwide152+5.5%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Agriculture & Food Engineering Manager is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
  • Creativity: Mental characteristic that allows a person to think outside of the box, which results in innovative or different approaches to a particular task.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Project Management: Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.
  • Budgeting: Experience planning how the financial resources of a business or department are to be allocated during the next business period.
  • Food Industry Knowledge: Requires Food Industry Knowledge, which is The food industry is a complex, global collective of diverse businesses that supplies most of the food consumed by the world population
  • Food Safety: Food safety is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent foodborne illness.
  • Packaging: Packaging is the technology of enclosing or protecting products for distribution, storage, sale, and use.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Agriculture & Food Engineering Manager that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Equipment Design: Manufacturing equipment is the platform for the operation of unit processes. Properly designed equipment is essential for the production of high-quality, cost-effective products. Equipment design is necessarily the broadest category of the six enabling technologies, since it ultimately serves as the vehicle to implement all of the other enabling technologies.
  • Engineering Projects: Project Engineering bridges the boundaries between engineering and project management, leading the technical workers who contribute to the building of structures or products.
  • Factory Acceptance Testing: The Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) is a major project milestone in a laboratory automation projectwhere the equipment and/or system integratordemonstrates that the system design and manufacturing meets the contract or Purchase Order (P.O.)specifications (derived from the Functional Requirements Document(FRD), created by the system owner/project manager/project team).
  • Capital Planning: The process of budgeting resources for the future of an organization's long term plans. Capital planning for a business would include budgeting for new and replacement machinery, research and development and the production of new products, new plants and other major capital expenditures.
  • Equipment Installation: the act or process of making a machine, a service, etc., ready to be used in a certain place :the act of installing something

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • Technology Transfer: Technology transfer, also called transfer of technology (TOT), is the process of transferring (disseminating) technology from the places and ingroups of its origination to wider distribution among more people and places.
  • Packaging Industry Knowledge: Packaging is the science, art and technology of enclosing or protecting products for distribution, storage, sell, and use. Packaging also refers to the process of designing, evaluating, and producing packages. Packaging can be described as a coordinated system of preparing goods for transport, warehousing, logistics, sale, and end use.
  • Engineering Leadership: Experience providing the technical leadership of change.
  • Reliability Engineering Studies: Working experience of Reliability Engineering Studies, which is a sub-discipline of systems engineering that emphasizes dependability in the lifecycle management of a product. Dependability, or reliability, describes the ability of a system or component to function under stated conditions for a specified period of time. Reliability is closely related to availability, which is typically described as the ability of a component or system to function at a specified moment or interval of time.
  • Cost Efficiency: Cost efficiency (or cost optimality), in the context of parallel computer algorithms, refers to a measure of how effectively parallel computing can be used to solve a particular problem.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years3%
3 to 5 years40%
6 to 8 years27%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Project Engineer
  • Director, Digital Engagement
  • Engineering Manager
  • Director Of Hospitality & Engagement
  • Assistant Chief Engineer - Shoreplant

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