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Agricultural engineering technician

Alternative titles for this job include Agricultural service engineer, Land-based engineering technician

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

Average salary (a year)

£23,000 Starter


£38,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

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How to become Agricultural engineering technician

You can get into this job through:

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


You could 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, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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

You could also do a T Level in Agriculture, Land Management and Production.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T Level

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You could do 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), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Direct Application

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

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What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • design skills and knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • concentration skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • help agricultural engineers develop new products
  • create equipment plans using computer aided design (CAD) software
  • install and test machinery
  • research machinery developments and market trends
  • demonstrate and sell new equipment and deal with enquiries

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

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Career path and progression

With experience you could:

  • become a senior agricultural engineering technician or workshop manager
  • become self-employed if you have the knowledge and industry contacts
  • move into a senior sales, management or inspection
  • move into a training role and become a further education teacher 

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

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