Agriculture

Agricultural engineering technician

Agricultural engineering technicians help to solve practical engineering problems in land-based industries.

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £38,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

Variable

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Future employment

There will be 1% more Agricultural engineering technician jobs in 2024.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Depending on your role, your 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
  • dealing with enquiries and orders

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

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level for a foundation degree 
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

College

You can do a Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Land-Based Technology or Land-Based Engineering at an agricultural college.

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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.

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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.

£20,000 to £38,000

Starter salary: £20,000

Experienced salary: £28,000 to £35,000

You may receive extra allowances for working shifts and overtime.

If you’re self-employed, you could earn more, although you’ll need to consider your overheads, like equipment and insurance costs.

These figures are a guide.

Variable

Your 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.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.

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.

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.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of physics
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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