UK farming depends on machines: everything from humble mowers to sophisticated harvesters and even drones. They all need servicing, mending and maintaining. That’s a £4bn engineering industry with over 3,300 businesses employing more than 22,000 people.
Modern farming is increasingly reliant on advanced technology. The largest estates are investing in automation, including self-driving vehicles. Their aim is to increase food production and sustainability through more efficient precision farming. Yet many smaller estates find the cost of new equipment prohibitively expensive. They have to rely on keeping older equipment in working order to stay competitive. That means the industry needs engineers able to maintain both old and new machines.
The farms of the future may demand software engineers more than mechanical engineers. However, traditional farms will still need machinists who understand motors and electronics. Whichever path you choose, you will find varied, interesting and rewarding work. Our courses blend practice and theory, as well as real work experience. We’ll help you develop hands-on skills, such as metalworking, welding and engine maintenance. We’ll also cover the principles of engineering, such as how transmissions work.