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Agricultural engineering technician

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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

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

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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), or equivalent, 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

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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 your day-to-day duties you may:

  • help agricultural engineers develop new products
  • create equipment plans using computer aided design (CAD) software
  • test machinery's electrical and mechanical systems
  • install machinery on site
  • inspect, remove, replace and test equipment
  • research machinery developments and market trends
  • demonstrate and sell new equipment and parts
  • deal 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

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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

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Plant Hire Mechanic Apprentice

  • Wage: £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Preston

Apprentice Service Technician

  • Wage: £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Kendal

Courses In England

Level 2 Technical Certification in Land-Based Engineering (Agricultural Engineering)

  • Provider: HADLOW COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: TONBRIDGE

L2 CG Technical Certificate in Land-Based Engineering

  • Provider: ASKHAM BRYAN COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: YORK

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