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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: Provides Technical Maintenance of different species of animals and their accommodation and carries out restraint for scientific procedures on animals (e.g. injections, sampling, lambing).
Salary: £12000.00 to £20000.00 average per year
Hours: 37 hours a week but there may be weekend and evening work.
Description: Country side rangers take care of the land, facilities and ecology of land to which the public have access. The Ranger will work with the public accessing the land.
Salary: £16000.00 to £30000.00
Hours: 37 hours a week but there may be weekend and evening work.
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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: Rural Estate Agents provide practical and strategic knowledge to a range of clients involved in buying and selling rural land and property. They can work across a number of areas or specialise including: agricultural, valuation, forestry, residential, commercial. They advise the seller and arrange for the sale of the property, and ultimately negotiate between the seller and buyer.
Salary: £20000.00 to £45000.00 average per year
Hours: 8.30 – 5.30 Monday –Friday.
Description: Farm secretaries are responsible for the day-to-day running of the business side of farms.
Salary: £16000.00 to £37000.00 average per year
Hours: 30 to 40 per week
Description: Farm workers do agricultural work with livestock, crops or machinery. This can require technology skills.
Salary: £13000.00 to £25000.00 per year
Hours: Variable
Description: Farm managers organise the work on farms, or parts of farms, efficiently and profitably.
Salary: £20000.00 to £50000.00 per year
Hours: Variable
Description: Farriers prepare and treat horses' feet, and make and fit horseshoes.
Salary: £16000.00 to £30000.00 per year
Hours: Variable
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Description: A food processor sees the production of raw ingredients into a finished meal, usually in a factory environment. You may be freezing, canning, baking, drying, cooking, chilling or pasteurising ingredients and products.
Salary: £13000.00 to £20000.00 average per year
Hours: 38-40 hours per week, sometimes on a shift system.
Description: You will be advising food processors on the safe presentation, preparation and storage of food. You will investigate food related illnesses and inspect food producing premises.
Salary: £20000.00 to £60000.00 average per year
Hours: 40 per week but sometimes evening and weekends work may be required.
Description: Food Technologists work mainly in food and drink production. They might oversee the content of a product, analyse its nutritional value, source its ingredients, oversee its production methods and labelling. They will also ensure safety standards, safe storing methods and hygiene in the production process.
Salary: £18000.00 to £65000.00 average per year
Hours: 40 hour week with some shift work
Description: Forestry workers work in forests and woodland, for instance planting, thinning, harvesting trees. They use heavy machinery.
Salary: £15000.00 to £27000.00
Hours: 35 to 40 per week
Description: You will be planning and selecting fresh food from producers to sell in retail outlets. You will take into account market trends and quality of the product. You will visit your suppliers regularly to ensure standards are maintained and the product remains competitive.
Salary: £18000.00 to £60000.00 average per year
Hours: Normally 9.00- 5.00 Monday – Friday but may have extended hours due to the need to travel to suppliers.
Description: Grooms care for horses and maintain the stable yards. You might work in a racing stable, a livery yard, a stud farm or a private stable.
Salary: £15000.00 to £20000.00 average per year
Hours: 40 per week, weekends included
Description: Horse riding instructors work with people of different ages, riding ability and experience.
Salary: £14000.00 to £25000.00
Hours: Variable
Description: This term usually applies to training racehorses. It is an exciting and vibrant career with prospects.
Salary: £15000.00 to £45000.00 average per year
Hours: Working hours are long, starting early with supervising exercising the horses. Weekends, especially during racing season.
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
Description: Research scientists plan and carry out experiments and investigations to broaden scientific knowledge.
Salary: £14000.00 to £60000.00 per year
Hours: 35 to 40 per week
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Description: A riding leader takes groups of riders on treks. It is an enjoyable career if you love riding and horses.
Salary: £13000.00 to £23000.00 average per year
Hours: Possibly long hours and at weekends
Description: Rural surveyors value the assets of farms and estates, advise clients on legal and tax issues, and plan and develop land use.
Salary: £20000.00 to £45000.00 per year
Hours: Variable
Description: Rural practice surveyors etc. provide practical and strategic knowledge to a range of clients involved in rural land and property. They can work across a number of areas or specialise including: • agriculture • professional services e.g. valuation • forestry • estate/property management. Some of the work relates to estate management and professional consultancy and alternative job titles include land agent, forester, environmental consultant and property manager.
Salary: £20000.00 to £45000.00 average per year
Hours: 0830 to 1730, Monday to Friday
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Description: A saddle fitter fits the saddles and advises on the best saddles to suit the horse and the rider. Whereas a saddler makes the saddles. Some professionals fit the saddle and make it as well. Saddle Fitter: You may work for a saddle and tack manufacturing company or for a bespoke saddler and fitter. You may be employed to represent a specific manufacturer; or in a small individual company; or be self-employed representing a manufacturer; or self-employed making bespoke saddles. Your work will take place at stable yards. Saddler: You may be making saddles in a manufacturing environment using machinery or you may be making hand-made saddles for a small company
Salary: £15000.00 to £30000.00 average per year
Hours: Saddle Fitter hours are variable and sometimes out of hours. Saddler: 8.30 – 5.00 weekdays.
Description: Shepherds look after flocks of sheep, almost always outside in fields or on the hills. They look after all aspects of the flock – health and welfare, breeding lambing, feed, flock development. They maintain digital records of the flock.
Salary: £13000.00 to £25000.00 average per year
Hours: Very variable with weekends, early mornings and evening work.
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Description: A stockman takes care of the farm livestock which may be beef cattle, dairy cows, pigs, poultry, see shepherd for sheep). It can also be with lesser known stock for instance deer. A stockman also maintains records of the stock and this may be electronically.
Salary: £13000.00 to £25000.00 average per year
Hours: Very variable, and can include early mornings, evenings and weekends.
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Description: Maintenance of equipment and facilities, including environmental monitoring. Ensure that reagents and consumables are maintained to the required levels, in compliance with the GLP/GMP regulations, MSL SOPs and Study Plans/Protocols. Initiate and assist in In-vitro testing to GLP/GMP regulatory requirements. Undertake procedures associated with mycoplasma and sterility testing.
Salary: £12000.00 to £35000.00 average per year
Hours: 37 hours a week but there may be weekend and evening work.
Description: Agricultural machinery operator, combine harvester driver, crop sprayer. Tractor drivers operate farm machinery used to plough fields, plant seeds, and spray and harvest crops.
Salary: £16000.00 to £30000.00 per year
Hours: 40 to 48 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