Landbased Service Engineer

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Landbased service engineers maintain, repair and test a wide range of equipment and machinery for the agricultural, horticultural, landscape and forestry industries. They work with large items such as tractors and harvesters, smaller items such as lawnmowers and chainsaws and equipment such as dairy machinery.

They can also be called landbased mechanics or agricultural technicians.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting pay for an apprentice is often based around the National Minimum Wage. At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £4.81 an hour (1 April 2022).

Salaries for newly qualified landbased mechanics in the UK usually range from around £15,000 to £25,000 a year. With experience this can rise to £40,000 a year, and sometimes more. You can earn extra through overtime and on call duties.


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Getting In

Most landbased mechanics work for specialist machinery companies, large farms, sports organisations such as golf clubs or local authority parks departments. There are more opportunities in rural areas.

What Does it Take?

You should have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On


Courtesy of Lantra Scotland


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association (BAGMA)
Tel: 01295 713344
Twitter: @BAGMA_tweets

Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE)
Tel: 01234 750876
Website (2):
Twitter: @IAgrE

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
Twitter: @LantraScotland

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector.

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