What is the course about?
Servicing, fixing, repairing and overhauling engines, electric systems, hydraulic systems, tractors and farm machinery
Safe use of a wide range of workshop equipment
Learning the theory of engines, electric systems, hydraulic systems, tractors and farm machinery
Assignments and exams
Written assignments throughout the year, plus online exams
Why do the course?
- To learn how to mechanic (basic service engineering skills)
- To learn the theory and skills a mechanic (service engineer) needs
- To learn workshop skills
Upon completing second year, you can achieve a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Land-based Engineering which is broadly equivalent to three A-Levels.
If you then secure a suitable long-term work placement, you can complete your Land-based Technician Accreditation (i.e. serve your time). This is necessary for anyone wishing to become a trade-qualified agricultural service engineer.
You should have some prior knowledge and experience of a workshop (hand tools and power tools). You should have some prior knowledge and experience of tractors and farm machinery.
While there is no tractor driving on this course, prior experience of having operated tractors and machinery is needed (so that students understand the basic principles of machinery).