Land-based engineering

Land-based engineering apprenticeships deal with the maintenance and repair of a range of mechanised equipment used in agriculture, horticulture and other land-based industries.

A tractor engineer 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.

What the apprenticeship entails

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).

The advanced level pathway

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.

Want to find out more?

Further information on these apprenticeships can be found from Lantra [new window].


Reproduced from The Apprenticeship Guide [new window].

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