When we browse for the definition of the word "Engineering", we are delivered with a number of various similar definitions. Anyway, either as a Noun or as a Verb, Engineering shows craftiness and leadership:
1. A person who designs, builds or maintains engines, machines, or structures.
synonyms: designer, planner, builder, architect, producer, fabricator, developer, creator;
2. A person who controls an engine, especially on an aircraft or ship. synonyms: engineering officer, controller, handler, driver;
But I especially like the following definition as a Verb:
Skilfully arrange for (something) to occur.
"she engineered another meeting with him"
synonyms: bring about, cause, arrange, pull off, bring off, fix, set up, plot, scheme, contrive, plan, put together, devise, maneuver, manipulate, negotiate, organize, orchestrate, choreograph, mobilize, mount, stage, put on, mastermind, originate, manage, stage-manage, coordinate, control, superintend, direct, conduct, handle, concoct.
According to the World Bank, "Agriculture - ... - includes forestry, hunting, and fishing, as well as cultivation of crops and livestock production."
So, having in mind all this and having a Master's in Agricultural Engineering plus my accumulated professional experience, one can state that an Agricultural Engineer can be many things: a service provider, a product developer, a leading manager, a creative source, a transformer of spaces and the surrounding environment.
UTAD's definition of the master's in Agricultural Engineering:
"The objective of this University Degree (5 year's) is to train and provide graduates with technical capabilities in the agricultural sector and related areas, namely in the industrial, commercial and services arenas. Technicians capable of elaborating projects, proposing technical solutions, planning, managing, evaluating, analyzing, accomplishing, experimenting and innovating in view of the economy of the solutions, the socio-economical and environmental conditions and the sustainability of resources and food security. Moreover, and since it is an engineering degree, special attention is given to all exact sciences. All in all this degree provides a highly multidisciplinary background allowing a perfect market integration of the graduates."
I would affirm that this is particularly true regarding my career and experience up until now. I did not know where I would turn up to be. Was I going to end up working in viticulture and wine production? Was I going to design and implement agricultural projects? Despite all those possibilities I ended up mostly working in the agricultural related services and finance arena promoting, selling, marketing, training, trading, developing partnerships and analyzing risks. I have experience in developing, transition and developed countries.
But a Master's in Agricultural Engineering, besides plant production and its related sciences (arboriculture, horticulture, arvensis and pulses, viticulture, enology, soils' structure and fertilization, climatology, etc.) also mingles with other agricultural related activities like Aquaculture, Forestry and Livestock (Aquaculture is also considered a type of Livestock production). The basic disciplines are the same: maths, statistics, physics and chemistry at the engineering level but many others like biochemistry, cytology, histology, genetics and laboratory techniques, management of the agro company, amongst others.
UTAD's Master's in Agricultural Engineering truly gave me a diverse but robust set of skills with multiple possibilities of professional engagement.
My training and profession took me to many places in the World and allowed me to experience different things and meet many different and fascinating people.