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How to become an Agricultural Service Engineer

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What does a Agricultural Service Engineer do?

Agricultural and garden machinery service engineers have distinct jobs which share similarities. They may do one or both of the following:

Servicing - service engineers regularly service all types of farm or horticultural machinery, including vehicles, mobile plant, towed implements and hand-held tools. New parts may be ordered or even made to meet exact requirements.

Field servicing - experienced service engineers also repair urgently required equipment on site wherever the machine happens to have broken down, including farms, in large parks and gardens.

They both use fabrication skills, eg welding and body repair work, as required, as well as carrying out repairs on electrical and mechanical systems. They keep records of the visits and repairs they make.

What's the working environment like working as a Agricultural Service Engineer?

Service engineers can work regular hours. Those providing emergency cover may be called at any time. Overtime and on call work is possible.

Engineers repair vehicles outside, on site in all weathers, or in workshops which vary in size. Some visit local farms to service equipment. A driving licence is usually essential.

What does it take to become a Agricultural Service Engineer?

As an agricultural service engineer, you should:

  • have a high degree of mechanical aptitude and be able to use a wide variety of hand and power tools
  • have a good awareness of health and safety issues
  • be able to plan and prioritise workloads
  • be able to work alone and use own initiative
  • be able to keep accurate and up-to-date records, and write reports.

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Further information

If you would like to know anything about Agricultural Service Engineer that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

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

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