Technicians Make Agriculture Happen

Repairing machines which talk to each other to improve performance. Servicing vehicles capable of using data from satellites to drive themselves in a straight line. Dismantling and putting together engines capable of powering machines the size of double decker buses – or larger.

This is not the description of a fictional sci-fi job role, but just a glimpse of some of the things agricultural technicians in the UK do every day.

UK agriculture is increasingly technological and digital. New innovative technologies are needed to get crops from farms to supermarkets and feed an increasingly growing population. In addition, AI and robotics has allowed the farming industry to reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to a greener future.

There are so many aspects to this job now. We work in electrics; we work in mechanics; we work in computers – we have to have a basic understanding of everything.

With increased digital technologies on Britain’s farms, employees with the right blend of problem-solving, technological and practical skills are needed. That’s where Agricultural Service Technicians like Mark and David at Turney Agriculture come in.

Technicians like Mark and David are key to maintaining and repairing farming equipment for their clients and setting up and introducing new technologies. This requires a tremendous level of knowledge and skill that both have been able to build up through the years.

“There’s non-stop training” says David. “There are so many aspects to this job now. We work in electrics; we work in mechanics; we work in computers – we have to have a basic understanding of everything. You can become a specialist in any of those areas and pursue a career off that baseline of knowledge.”

The top skill you need to be a technician is a passion for the job.

Mark started his journey, with a childhood passion for taking apart and repairing the machinery he came across on his family farm – anything from chainsaws to tractors. This led to him applying for a technical apprenticeship with Turney Agriculture. He is now an Agricultural Service Technician who specialises in transmissions:

“It requires a logical thought process to diagnose the fault and attention to detail.” Mark says. “The top skill you need to be a technician, [however] is a passion for the job.”

David agrees that passion is key:

“Embracing every job as a challenge is a big part of being a Technician. The favourite part of the job is that every day is different, some are more challenging than others but the job that takes me a few hours to get my head around is just as interesting as the one that only take me five minutes.”

Our service technicians, and their skills, are at the heart of our ability to keep apace of new technologies 

Technicians like David and Mark are a valued part of the Agricultural industry and the Turney team, as Glen Nash, Apprenticeship & Training Manager at Turney Group, Agriculture, explains:

“Like many industries, digital technology plays an increasing part in our day to day services. It also plays a key role in evolving what we do to maintain and increase client satisfaction.  Our service technicians, and their skills, are at the heart of our ability to keep apace of new technologies, how they should be deployed and stay ahead of the curve in a fast-evolving industry”.

To learn more about David and Mark's career journeys and the skills needed to be a technician in the Agricultural Industry, visit the pages below:

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