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Description: A civil engineer working in agriculture may be supervising the construction of agricultural buildings, drainage systems, sewage plants power plants or environmental engineering.
Salary: £24000.00 to £80000.00 average per year
Hours: 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday –Friday but can be extra hours if necessary.
Description: An electrical/electronic engineer repairs the electrical and electronic components of agricultural machinery.
Salary: £15000.00 to £40000.00 average per year
Hours: 8.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday. But may be longer to meet deadlines and at peak times, for instance harvesting when urgent repairs to machinery is required.
Description: An agricultural engineer maintains agricultural, horticultural and forestry machinery.
Salary: £25000.00 to £40000.00 average per year
Hours: 8.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday, but may be longer to meet deadlines and at peak times, for instance harvesting when urgent repairs to machinery is required.
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Description: Agricultural engineering technicians help to solve practical engineering problems in land-based industries.
Salary: £20000.00 to £38000.00 per year
Hours: Variable
Description: Energy engineers advise, design and supervise the construction of power generation plants, biomass plants, windfarms, hydro schemes and other renewable energy sources.
Salary: £20000.00 to £80000.00 average per year
Hours: 40 hours per week
Description: Renewable energy engineers work on the research, design and construction of power generation plants and wind farms.
Salary: £20000.00 to £80000.00 per year
Hours: 40 per week

Agricultural Engineering Technician

Description: Agricultural engineering technicians help to solve practical engineering problems in land-based industries.
Salary: £20000.00 to £38000.00 per year
Hours: Variable

Entry Requirements

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship with an equipment manufacturer or service and repair contractor.

You could do a college course in land-based service engineering or technology to improve your chances of finding work. SRUC has information on these courses (https://www.sruc.ac.uk/courses?subject=21).

Skills Required

  • Good practical skills
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Good problem solving skills
  • IT skills

Typical Day

You could be maintaining and repairing machinery in:

  • Soil and water management
  • Forestry engineering
  • Land use planning
  • Ground care, like golf courses and parks
  • Food processing and engineering

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
  • Looking after client accounts
  • Dealing with enquiries and orders

Working Hours, Patterns and Environment

You hours will vary depending on the area you work in.

In manufacturing, you could work in a factory or engineering workshop on a shift system. Service and repair jobs might involve long hours and overtime is common, particularly during the busy period from May to October. If you work in sales, you'll be office based, but you’ll also visit clients, which could involve overnight stays.

You'll need a driving licence for most engineering technician jobs, and be able to drive a range of vehicles.

Career Path

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.

Katrina Robb

A really rewarding industry

“It’s important to keep rural jobs going. There are not that many (farrier) apprentices being trained in Scotland, so it would be good to encourage more people to do the job.”
Katrina Robb , Farrier
Stuart Lowe

No such thing as an average day

“There’s no such thing as an average day. It can be anything from ploughing to driving in the grain or repairing dykes and fencing. That’s what keeps it interesting.”
Stuart Lowe , Agricultural Contractor