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Work-based Land-based Engineering Operations (Agricultural Machinery) Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship at Wiltshire College

Course description

If you enjoy taking things apart, fixing faults and spending time around big machinery such as tractors and combines, an apprenticeship in Landbased Engineering could be for you!

Landbased engineers play a pivotal role in the agricultural industry, developing and providing complex mechanised equipment to keep the industry running. You might also be required to fix and maintain equipment, sell machinery or upgrades to businesses or even use the equipment to do a range of jobs yourself.

An apprenticeship in this area can lead to roles on farms, agricultural businesses, parklands, private estates and event sports grounds.

Course content

Units studied as part of an advanced apprenticeship can include Following Procedures and Reducing Risk, Customer Care, Thermal Joining Processes, Servicing and repair of engines, hydraulic systems and Power shift, and Hydrostatic CVT transmissions, maintaining electronic control and monitoring systems and inspecting and testing machinery and equipment.

Additionally, apprentices are encouraged to complete at least one of the following qualifications, although they are not a requirement for the course.

  • Emergency First Aid
  • Basic Tractor Driving
  • Safe Use of Abrasive Wheel Machines
  • Safe Use of Pedestrian Controlled Two Wheeled Tractors
  • Safe Use of Turf Maintenance Equipment
  • All-Terrain Vehicle Handling
  • Approved Manufacturers Technical courses.

Entry requirements

Minimum Level 1 or GCSE grade D in Maths and English. All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths and English.  Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2.


Apprenticeships are designed with the help of employers, so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well. Each apprenticeship involves a structured programme of training leading to a recognised qualification, and they are available at different levels, letting you choose the speed you wish to learn at.

Future opportunities

An advanced apprenticeship in Landbased engineering can lead to roles in the industry such as Demonstrator, Installation Engineer, technician, workshop supervisor and much more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wiltshire College directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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