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 qualification is hands on, you will learn tractor driving skills and the use of hand tools that will give you the foundations to build on as you progress to the Technical Certificate in land-based Engineering level 2
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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You want to learn basic workshop skills relating to agricultural, horticultural or construction plant engineering.
English and maths GCSEs at grade 2 or above.
This introductory course is ideal for anyone who wants to start from scratch and learn the basics of engineering, alongside gaining support in developing and improving their maths, English and IT skills. You’ll learn about health and safety, how to disassemble and assemble machine parts, parts identification and routine servicing protocols.
Practical activities in the service engineering workshops.
Immersing yourself in hands-on training giving you the practical skills to maintain land-based vehicles and machines.
The Land-based Engineering Certificate, a Land-based Engineering Apprenticeship Level 2, or the workplace at a junior level.
Michael Bugden Land-based Engineering Diploma
"I wanted to get myself a trade and this was the best place to come, there's a lot of practical work and that makes it easier to learn. The tutors are good, it's just like having a friend: they're reliable, easy to talk to and if you've got a problem they're always straight there to sort it out. I'm a land-based engineering apprentice with Vincent Tractors and I'm keen to stay there working on getting more experience and one day hopefully go on my own."
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