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Apprenticeship training course

Land-based service engineering technician (level 3)

Providing advanced technical support and guidance across a diverse range of plant and equipment in sectors such as agriculture, horticulture, forestry and outdoor power.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Agriculture, environmental and animal care
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Agricultural Service Engineer
  • Fixed Plant and Equipment Service Engineer
  • Forestry Equipment Service Engineer
  • Horticultural Service Engineer
  • Outdoor Power Equipment Service Engineer
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Interpret technical data, documentation and operational conditions, and apply in line with the technician’s role.
  • Interpret and respect safety procedure requirements, undertake risk assessment and mitigation measures to safeguard, bystanders, the general public, property and livestock.
  • To communicate with and gather information from colleagues and customers employing a range of techniques as appropriate to the audience. This includes explaining technical matters in straight forward terms and asking questions to gather the information required to perform an efficient diagnosis.
  • Demonstrate professional customer care practices as an individual and team member. This includes; presentation of oneself, the work area, the company’s vehicle and equipment. treating customers and colleagues with respect and courtesy, supporting work colleagues, the company and its products and services
  • Install and handover machinery, plant and equipment, explaining its safe operation, maintenance and warranty requirements, verification of optimum performance and the completion of handover documentation
  • Conduct advanced maintenance, and the repair of technologically advanced machinery and equipment which typically may include; power units, power trains, plant, machinery, equipment and their components
  • Carry out diagnostics, repairs and re-instatement of complex products and verify conformity to manufacturer’s specification.
  • Compile technical reports, repair proposals, quotations and incident reports
  • Maintain and repair complex hydraulic systems and their components as appropriate to the sector.
  • Maintain, interrogate, calibrate and repair electronic equipment and systems
  • Minimise machinery, plant and equipment downtime by carrying out diagnostic and preventative maintenance efficiently and effectively.

Full information on Land-based service engineering technician (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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