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Agricultural Engineering Technician Profile

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Finding Suitable Work as an Agricultural Engineering Technician

Working Duties Expected

Hours and Environment

Working Skills Required

Training Requirements

Salary Expectations

Trade Information

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Working Duties Expected

Agricultural engineering technicians work in a variety of areas involving agricultural equipment, including servicing and installation, sales and marketing, and manufacturing.

Servicing and installation: technicians are responsible for the repair and maintenance of a wide range of equipment. They must be able to diagnose and fix faults quickly. They install and service equipment such as automatic milking systems and grain silos.

Sales and marketing: technicians travel around agricultural areas demonstrating and selling farm equipment.

Manufacturing: technicians assist agricultural engineers in the design, development and testing of new products for the farming industry. Products include tractors, combine harvesters and forestry equipment.

Agricultural engineering technicians must be up to date with new methods of modern agricultural production, have a thorough knowledge of agricultural equipment and understand the needs of the farming industry.

The Hours and Environment:

Agricultural technicians who work in servicing work irregular hours and are often on call.

Technicians spend time in workshops which can be noisy. They can also work outside in all weathers. Much of the work is very physical, involving heavy machinery and tools.

Those involved in sales spend time in offices as well as out on the road visiting clients, and may spend time away from home.

Skills and Interests:

As an agricultural engineering technician you should have:

a sound understanding of engineering technology
the ability to generate new, innovative ideas
the ability to manage and organise your own workload
the ability to work alone and as part of a team
an interest in machinery
the ability to act on own initiative
the ability to analyse and solve problems quickly
good communication skills
physical fitness for outdoor work.

Entry:

Agricultural engineering technicians usually have a BTEC/SQA HND in Agricultural Engineering. Entry is with four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) with one A level/two H grades.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

Training:

You can train whilst in employment through part-time day release to college, where City & Guilds and BTEC qualifications such as Service Engineering (Agricultural Machinery) are offered. For City & Guilds: no entry qualifications are needed, although practical experience is required. BTEC National awards: entry is via four GCSEs (A-C) or equivalent. Contact the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) for a full list of colleges and courses.

To register with the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) as an Engineering Technician (EngTech), you must have a relevant qualification accredited by the Engineering Council and two years' industrial training.

IAgrE operates a system of continuing professional development, which helps engineers record and plan their professional development.

Apprenticeships may be available for those under the age of 24. In England these are currently Apprenticeships (level 2) and Advanced Apprenticeships (level 3). To find out more about these, visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk.

Apprenticeships may be different in other areas. For further information see Scotland; Wales; and Northern Ireland

Opportunities:

Employers vary from large multinational manufacturing companies to small machinery dealerships and service agents. Agricultural technicians are also employed by government bodies and support research staff at universities and colleges. Opportunities also exist with distributors and horticultural companies which operate within the leisure industry.

Small companies are common in the industry, and prospects for promotion within these companies are good. The trade's career structure is flexible and management opportunities often arise for promising employees with relevant experience.

Work can be seasonal, with technicians dealing with different types of machinery at different times of the year.

There are opportunities to work abroad, particularly in developing countries.

Annual Income:

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

New entrants start at around £11,300 a year.
Experienced agricultural technicians earn around £15,000 a year.

Senior agricultural technicians can earn upwards of £22,500 a year.

Agricultural engineering technicians may receive additional income for working shifts and overtime.

Further information:

Institution of Agricultural Engineers
West End Road
Silsoe
Bedfordshire
MK45 4DT
Tel: 01525 861096
www.iagre.org

British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association
Entrance B
Level 1
Salamander Quay West
Park Road
Harefield
UB9 6NZ
Tel: 0870 205 2834
www.bagma.com

Engineering and Training Council (Northern Ireland)
Interpoint
20-24 York Street
Belfast
BT15 1AQ
Tel: 028 9032 9878
www.etcni.org.uk





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