Ideally you should study maths and physics. Electronics, chemistry, design technology, biology, geology or geography are also useful.
Not at all. You will however need an interest in engineering, science and computer studies. You will be enthusiastic, adaptable, resourceful and keen to learn. You will also be likely to enjoy the outdoor life.
Many young people enter the industry through a dealership, either a farm machinery specialist or grass machinery dealership (although many sell and service both and a whole lot more equipment). Talk to a local farm machinery dealer to see what opportunities they offer.
Once fully qualified, it is not unusual for a technician to earn a salary of £35,000 to £40,000. There are also opportunities to work as part of the sales team, as a demonstrator or in the parts department.
Think about it. Between 1990 and 2010 the world population grew by 30 percent. At the same time, as land resources reduce, and as climate changes, the need for solutions to feed the world are urgently required. Engineers hold the the key to many of these solutions.