- 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.