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Agricultural engineering technician

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

Potential salary
£20,000 to £38,000
Working hours
40 to 42 variable
  • 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
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

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

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.

Data from National Careers Service.

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