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Agricultural engineering technician Green Job

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

Annual Salary

£23,000 to £38,000

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

40 to 42 variable

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; on shifts

Future employment

There will be 0.5% more Agricultural engineering technician jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

In this role you could:

  • help agricultural engineers develop new products
  • create equipment plans using computer aided design (CAD) software
  • install and test machinery
  • research machinery developments and market trends
  • demonstrate and sell new equipment and deal with enquiries

Working environment

You could work in an office, in a workshop or in a factory.

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

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

You could do a foundation degree or degree in:

  • agricultural engineering
  • agricultural machinery engineering
  • agricultural technology

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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You can do a Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Land-Based Technology or Land-Based Service Engineering at an agricultural college.

You could also do a T Level in Agriculture, Land Management and Production.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T Level
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You could do 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.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

You might be able to apply directly if you've got a qualification and experience in land-based engineering or servicing heavy plant equipment.

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Further information

You can find out more about a career in agricultural engineering from:We are land-based engineering; Institution of Agricultural Engineers; Landbased Engineering Training and Education Committee; The Institute of Agriculture and Horticulture

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With experience you could:become a senior agricultural engineering technician or workshop manager; become self-employed if you have the knowledge and industry contacts; move into a senior sales, management or inspection; move into a training role and become a further education teacher

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
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • concentration skills
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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