Land-based service engineering apprenticeship

Land-based service engineering apprenticeship

On a land-based service engineering apprenticeship, you could find yourself working in the agricultural, horticultural, forestry equipment or fixed plant sectors.

In this outdoors role you can expect to work either under supervision, or, where appropriate, on your own initiative, preparing new and used machinery for use.

You will carry out scheduled service and routine maintenance operations, dismantle and reassemble equipment and its component parts.

On the intermediate-level apprenticeship, you will train to become a service engineer. You will be presented with daily challenges ranging from fabrication to the repair of simple mechanical faults. This requires a diverse blend of manual skills, industry underpinning knowledge and the disciplines required for environmental and safe working practice.

The skills you will learn as an apprentice service engineer include carrying out basic repairs to power units, simple power trains, mechanical equipment, plant and machinery and their components. You will also work on hydraulic and electrical systems and become able to carry out basic diagnostic tasks on low technology plant, equipment and machinery. Depending on the industry sector you enter, you will also find yourself handling machinery designed for cutting, processing, and harvesting, as well as basic chemical and fertiliser application, transport and materials handling, storage, cultivation, and lifting equipment.
Safety is critical in this industry and as a result, you will be subject to strict compliance and have to display an excellent awareness of safety procedures and your own working environment.

On the advanced level apprenticeship, you can train to be a land-based service engineering technician, which will see you progress to conducting maintenance operations and safety inspections as well as preparing condition reports.
If you choose to bypass the intermediate level apprenticeship to become an advanced-level apprentice then you will need four GCSEs at Grade C or equivalent, which must include English, maths and a science subject. In addition, a basic understanding of the application of ICT would stand you in good stead.
The advanced apprenticeship usually takes 36 to 48 months to complete.


Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary:

Not available

Job roles:

Land-based service engineer, Land-based service engineering technician

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