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Land-based Engineering

Land-based Engineering

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.

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.

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Amazing Alumni

George Nowell

Technical Support Team for M Series tractors at Kubota Tractors

After growing up on a small family farm in Devon, I have always had an interest in agricultural machinery. My passion for the industry grew from the moment I started at Bicton College at the age of 16. I studied a Level 3 Extended National Diploma in Land Based Engineering from 2010 – 2013. This included a 12-month work placement.

The tutors at Bicton helped me achieve my ambition of working for a main tractor franchise dealership, by giving me the necessary tools to be able to gain a work placement. Not only through being taught practical skills such as welding and engine rebuilding but theory-based tasks such as job interview skills.

I chose to study a Bsc (Hons) degree in Agricultural Engineering at Harper Adams University in Shropshire. Having completed my first year, I applied to several manufactures and gained a three month summer placement with Kubota UK Ltd. Working within their busy Service department, I was involved in a variety of projects including an engine rework around the east coast of Scotland! I was then invited back to complete my placement year at Kubota and I haven’t looked back since!