This apprenticeship deals with the maintenance and repair of a range of mechanised equipment used in agriculture, horticulture and other land-based industries.
Land-based engineers work to solve problems using a combination of scientific, technical and engineering knowledge.
There is a wide range of opportunities in this area. Possibilities include design development, manufacturing, field engineering, service engineering, and sales and marketing.
As an apprentice, you’ll train as a technician and learn how to maintain a variety of machines. The exact nature of your work will depend on your employer - land-based engineers can work on complex agricultural machinery (e.g. tractors, combine harvesters, sprayers, planters and cultivators); ground care machinery (e.g. mowers, compact tractors); forestry machinery (e.g. chainsaws, wood chippers); fixed machinery (e.g. milking equipment); and construction machinery (e.g. trucks and mini diggers).
On the advanced level apprenticeship, you’ll learn how to diagnose and repair more complex faults. To succeed in this area you’ll need a good level of mechanical skill and the ability to work from technical manuals. You’ll develop a thorough understanding of agricultural principles, and plenty of technical know-how.
The starting salary - once qualified - is between £18,000 and £24,000.
Further information on these apprenticeships can be found from Lantra [new window].
Reproduced from The Apprenticeship Guide 2013
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