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Salary: £15000.00 to £40000.00 per year
Hours: 8.00 - 5.00pm Monday to Friday, but may be longer to meet deadlines or when urgent repairs are required
Description: An electrical/electronic engineer repairs the electrical and electronic components of agricultural machinery.
Salary: £25000.00 to £40000.00 per year
Hours: 8.00 - 5.00 Monday to Friday. But may be longer to meet deadines 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: £20000.00 to £38000.00 per year
Hours: Variable
Description: Agricultural engineering technicians help to solve practical engineering problems in land-based industries.
Salary: £20000.00 to £80000.00 per year
Hours: 40 per week
Description: Renewable energy engineers work on the research, design and construction of power generation plants and wind farms.
Salary: £15000.00 to £30000.00 per year
Hours: Varied
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.

Renewable Energy Engineer

Salary: £20000.00 to £80000.00 per year
Hours: 40 per week
Description: Renewable energy engineers work on the research, design and construction of power generation plants and wind farms.

Entry Requirements

You'll usually need a degree in engineering or a related science subject, like:

  • environmental technology
  • energy engineering
  • earth sciences
  • environmental engineering
  • renewable or sustainable energy
  • electrical engineering

You may need to have, or be working towards, a postgraduate qualification. This should be related to the area you wish to work in, like an MSc in renewable energy engineering.

The Energy Institute's Energy Careers has details of approved degrees and postgraduate courses.

The Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy has details of sponsorship to research offshore technologies for wind, wave and tidal-current technologies.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Skills Required

  • Problem solving
  • Mathematical and computer skills
  • The ability to manage projects, budgets and people
  • Communication and team working skills

Typical Day

You may work on producing energy from renewable or sustainable sources, like:

  • Hydro – water
  • Solar – sunlight
  • Biomass – plants or plant materials
  • Wind power

Day to day tasks may include:

  • Researching and designing new generating sites
  • Deciding on the best locations for sites
  • Planning and overseeing production programmes for sites
  • Managing and coordinating teams of technicians or site workers
  • Designing and selecting equipment
  • Meeting environmental standards
  • Finding the most cost efficient and productive processes
  • Carryout out laboratory experiments
  • Converting experiments into large-scale processes
  • Working with specialist contractors
  • Managing projects and budgets

Working Hours, Patterns and Environment

You'll work 40 hours per week in office-based design or research jobs. If you work on a site like an offshore wind farm, you may work on a shift basis, including nights and weekends.

If you work onshore, it's usually in offices and laboratories with visits out to sites. Some jobs may involve international travel and long stays away from home.

Career Path

With experience, you could move into planning, policy development, or freelance consultancy.

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