Saturday, 25th November 2017
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AGRICULTURAL TECHNICIAN

Technicians are needed in all industries that use complex machinery or computer technology. In the agricultural industry, the use of machinery and variety of available technology is growing rapidly and there are continual developments to improve agricultural production. Skilled technicians are needed by farms to service and maintain the equipment and machinery used on a farm or estate.

Technicians can work in the manufacturing or manufacturing part of agricultural engineering, but normally farms will employ technicians for installation, service and repair roles. Technicians could work on all types of farming and grounds-care businesses and estates, using a wide range of technology.

Technicians must have the appropriate practical skills to service farm machinery or specialist vehicles. This can range from high-technology machinery such as combine harvesters and sprayers using GPS, or domestic ground-care machinery to the equipment used 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:

  • Running tests on machinery and making necessary adjustments
  • Servicing equipment regularly, ensuring it functions correctly
  • Diagnosing faults or problems with systems and machines
  • Replacing parts
  • Conducting repairs, either through welding, replacing or re-programming
  • Referring to service manuals to ensure correct functionality
  • Contacting stockists and manufacturers

Some agricultural technicians might choose to work on a freelance basis for individual cases. Others will work on large farms or units, regularly servicing the machinery or vehicles. Work can vary between physically servicing large farm vehicles to re-programming computerised systems indoors. The role requires great technical proficiency.