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You'll get the chance to spend one day a week on a commercial placement; getting hands-on experience of agricultural engineering and other related working functions while building your contacts. You'll also get to study in our excellent workshops; fully equipped with the latest technology and facilities. 

Course content

You can look forward to a varied programme of modules that also includes a work placement. You'll also continue your English and Maths up to GCSE level. Modules include: 

  • Diesel fuel injection systems
  • Hydraulic and electrical systems and components
  • Understanding and servicing harvesting machinery
  • Welding
  • Calculations for land-based service engineering  
  • Undertake land-based workshop processes  
  • Repair land-based compression-ignition (diesel) engines  
  • Repair land-based spark-ignition (petrol) engines
  • Repair land-based vehicle systems  
  • Repair land-based electric systems  
  • Test land-based electronic systems     
  • Repair land-based hydraulic systems

Work Experience

Study programmes include a minimum of compulsory work experience hours achieved through one day a week or block placements. The amount of hours required is dependent on the study programme. 

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Industry Work Placement

All students aged 16-18 on our Level 2 & Level 3 programmes will now have to take part in an exciting and compulsory 180 hour minimum industry placement programme alongside completion of their vocational course. The programme will give you the chance to gain valuable skills in a real working environment whilst being paired with your ideal employer.

Our mission is to pair students with their ideal employer and to support them continuously during the placement.

There is flexibility on how students complete the placement; it can be during non-college weekdays, weekends, in blocks or over the holiday period. You will receive all of the necessary information during your interview, and if you have any queries in the meantime please contact workexperience@plumpton.ac.uk

Entry Requirements:
  • You'll need to have achieved 4 or more GCSEs between grade 9-4 (previous grade structure A*-C) including English, Maths and Science
  • Successful completion of a related Level 2 course

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered. 

Dates & Location:

September 2021

Duration:

2 years, full-time

3 days per week in College 
1 day per week in industry / work experience (180 hours) 

Costs:

£150 materials 

If you will be over 19 on the start date of your course you maybe required to pay tuition fees. Please contact enquiries@plumpton.ac.uk to confirm.

Facilities

You'll get to work on a fleet of tractors, some with GPS, at our modern well-equipped workshops. This makes sure that you're learning on equipment that you'll be using in a current working environment. You'll meet visiting machinery dealers and enjoy specialist guest lectures. You'll also get the opportunity to develop your diagnostic skills as well as hands-on tools to use. We've also got an on-site welding shop. 

Future Opportunities

During this course you will have developed the specific technical and professional skills and knowledge that will lead to meaningful employment in the Land-Based engineering industry. Learners will explore a wide range of compulsory topics.

Learners may progress into employment or within their current role. They could also choose to further their studies by opting for a degree or an apprenticeship course.

DEGREE

After leaving us you could choose to gain a degree in the following:

  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering.
  • Systems Engineering.
  • Materials Science and Engineering.
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering.

JOBS

Jobs available in Land-based Engineering are vast and varied, here are just some of them;

  • Workshop Supervisor/ Foreman
  • Finance Controller
  • Senior Parts Person (Technician)
  • Master Technician
  • Diagnostic Technician
  • Mobile service Technician
  • Service Technician
  • Sales Person
  • Parts/Stores person
  • Demonstrator
  • Delivery/Lorry Driver  
  • Lorry Driver/Crane Operator
  • Yardman
  • Apprentice Trainee Technician:
  • Apprentice/ Trainee Parts Person
  • Farm-based or independent /nonfranchised engineer or technician
  • Manager Parts/Stores
  • Manager Manufacturing
  • Director/Managing Director/Dealer
  • Group After Sales/Service Manager
  • Group Sales Manager/ Sales Manager
  • Group Manager/ Branch Manager
  • Manager Workshop/Service
  • Owner

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