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Technicians are needed in all farming sectors that use machinery or computer technology. In the agricultural industry, the use of machinery and technology is growing rapidly, and there are continual developments to improve agricultural production. Skilled technicians are employed by farms to service and maintain the complex equipment and machinery on a farm or estate.
Technicians can work predominantly in the manufacturing industry or in agricultural engineering and manufacturing, but normally farms will employ technicians on a per job basis for installation, service and repair roles. Technicians could work on all farming and grounds-care businesses and estates, on a whole range of technology.
Specific technical skills are required to service a range of farm machinery or specialist vehicles, including high-technology machinery, such as combine harvesters and sprayers using GPS, or domestic ground-care machinery. Technicians are also required in hatcheries and other farm units to service incubators or livestock machinery, such as milking and feeding systems.
The typical duties of an agricultural technician include:
Some agricultural technicians might choose to work on a freelance basis and will be called out for individual cases. Others will work on large farms or units, regularly servicing the machinery, vehicles and technology. Work can vary from physically servicing large farm vehicles to re-programming computerised systems indoors. The role requires great technical proficiency.