Agricultural engineering technician

Agricultural engineering technicians help to solve practical engineering problems in land-based industries.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£38,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become an agricultural engineering technician

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

University

You can do a foundation degree or degree in:

  • agricultural engineering
  • agricultural machinery engineering
  • agricultural technology

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level for a foundation degree 
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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College

You can do a Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Land-Based Technology or Land-Based Engineering at an agricultural college.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You can get into this job through a land-based service engineering technician advanced apprenticeship. You can do this with an equipment manufacturer, service and repair contractor or at an agricultural college.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Direct application

You may be able to apply to vacancies directly if you've got a qualification and experience in land-based engineering or servicing heavy plant equipment.

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Further information

You can find more details about land-based careers and courses through the Institution of Agricultural Engineers and the Landbased Engineering Training and Education Committee.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of physics
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Depending on your role, your day-to-day duties may include:

  • helping agricultural engineers develop new products
  • creating equipment plans using computer aided design (CAD) software
  • making parts and building machinery
  • testing the machinery's electrical and mechanical systems
  • carrying out maintenance checks on mechanical, electrical, electronic, hydraulic and pneumatic systems
  • installing machinery on site
  • inspecting, removing, replacing and testing equipment
  • researching machinery developments and market trends
  • demonstrating and selling new equipment and parts
  • dealing with enquiries and orders

Working environment

You could work in an office, in a workshop or in a factory.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.

Career path and progression

With experience, knowledge and industry contacts, you could become self-employed.

You could become a senior technician or workshop manager, or progress to a senior sales or management position. 

You could also move into a training job as a college lecturer or technician, or take on an inspection role.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice (Groundcare) Service Engineer

  • Wage : £195.00 Weekly
  • Location: Reading RG7 1HR

Land-Based Service Engineer Apprentice

  • Wage : £225.00 Weekly
  • Location: Wigan WN4 0EJ

Courses In England

Plant or Machinery Maintenance

  • Provider: TRADE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE LTD
  • Start date: 31 December 2019
  • Location: Skelmersdale

Level 1 - Farm Animal Skills NEW

  • Provider: Easton & Otley College
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Ipswich

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