Power, structural and technical systems

Working in power, structural, and technical systems involves applying principles of engineering, hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics, power structures and other mechanical systems to farming.


Power, structural and technical systems discussion guide

Teachers, this discussion guide will help you talk with your students about careers in Power, structural and technical systems.

Careers in this profession unite technical and mechanical skills with the field of agriculture. The job market for this career pathway is expected to grow between 10% and 22% in the near future and will increase especially for engineers in the field. Workers are needed to advance and maintain systems that are vital to agriculture.

Do you enjoy working on machinery or with your hands? Do you like operating or programming computers? Or do you prefer to solve complex problems related to transportation and logistics? If so, you may be well suited to a career in power, structural or technical systems.

Careers in this field often give you the chance to be on the cutting edge of innovation in agriculture. With the help of GPS technology, emerging careers in precision agriculture are enhancing the efficiency of farming worldwide. Check out these careers in Power, Structural and Technical Systems.

Careers in Power, structural and technical systems

  • Accountant
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Agronomist
  • Contractor/Builder
  • Crop Science
  • Diesel Technician
  • Farm Equipment Technician
  • Farm Supplier
  • GIS Specialist
  • GPS Specialist
  • Land Surveyor
  • Lawyer
  • Marketing
  • Track Maintenance
  • Train Operator
  • Truck Driver
  • Welder

(From FFA New Horizons, 2024)

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