Agricultural Engineering Technician
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).
- Good practical skills
- Excellent communication and negotiation skills
- Good problem solving skills
- IT skills
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.
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.