If you love science, technology, engineering, or information technology, then a career in land-based engineering could be for you. The skills and types of land-based engineering include diagnostics repair and testing, all in the context of diesel and petrol engines, equipment controlled by GPS technology and integrated into environmental information – a fantastic mix of innovation and problem solving. It’s not all about farming either, everything concerned with the upkeep and control of the countryside, forestry, sports grounds and open spaces involves the application of engineering solutions.
We offer both full-time and apprenticeship routes for school leavers. Once you have completed the Level 3 qualification you will be able to work all over the world in a range of careers maintaining and repairing land-based machinery and technology.
This level is ideal if you want in-depth insight into the mechanics and science for land-based engineering. You might cover things like inspecting and testing land-based machinery. You’ll also gain plenty of practical experience in your choice of skills.
Modern agriculture is amazing and if you look more closely you will see things that will truly impress you. No longer is this an industry caught in a technological backwater. The career opportunities are fantastic and those colleges, training providers and universities involved will tell you that the job opportunities are excellent with many more jobs than there are people to fill them.
There has never been a better time to consider working in the land based engineering sector. With the coming together (in what has become known as the “perfect storm”) of climate change, scarce water, ever increasing world populations and associated food shortages, not to mention insufficient energy resources, the need for the broad range of skills embodied in traditional land based (or agricultural) engineers has never been more evident.
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This two-year qualification is for anyone interested in a career working with land-based machinery, whether in farming or the wider environment.
Four GCSEs at grade four or above, including English and maths.
You might cover things like inspecting and testing land-based machinery, maintaining a production plant or servicing a fleet of grounds keeping ATVs. You’ll also gain plenty of practical experience in your choice of skills, go on work-experience placements with local employers which will help you build a professional network and explore career opportunities.
You’ll also gain plenty of practical experience in your choice of skills, go on work-experience placements with local employers which will help you build a professional network and explore career opportunities.
Throughout your time with us you will be able to gain an understanding of and skills in engine servicing, compression- ignition diesel engines, spark-ignition petrol engines, electrical systems and electronics, hydraulic systems, mechanical power transmission systems, synchromesh transmissions and clutches, powershift transmissions, cultivation and drilling machinery and harvesting machinery.
This course is assessed through examinations and practical tests at the end of each year.
The opportunity to be involved in setting up the Cornwall Farm Machinery Club meetings. This is a great networking event and a chance for you to meet industry professionals and build your contacts within the industry.
The workplace after Level 3, via our excellent local links with industry.
Start your own business or travel nationally or globally for your career.
We have built up a close relationship with local franchised machinery dealers who liaise with us regarding upcoming job opportunities for our successful students.
Dan previously studied at Duchy College where he completed the FdSc Agriculture and topped up with the BSc (Hons) Rural Business Management. After completing his studies he went on a working holiday to New Zealand where he worked for an agricultural contractor. At home he still gets involved with the work on the farm.
“I enjoy my job because I like being outside, working with agricultural machinery and seeing students develop their skills throughout the year.”
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