Joseph McSparran


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NAME Joseph McSparran JOB Agricultural Technician COMPANY Young’s Equipment, Canada AGE 24 SALARY* £25-40,000 *industry average

What do you do?

I’m an Agricultural Technician for Young’s Equipment in Canada.  I fix and repair agricultural machinery to meet customer specifications.  I maintain effective communication with the customer to update them on progress and the costs of repairs that have been recommended by the mechanic. So far, I have worked on combines, swathers, headers, and tractors.

Did you need work experience for your current role?

Yes, I spent a year on placement with Case, New Holland, as a Field Test and Development Engineer.

What qualifications do you have?

I am a Harper Adams graduate, and have a new national Diploma in Land-based Industries and a BEng (Hons) Agricultural Engineering.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy the challenging aspects of the job.  I also like learning how everything functions in the machinery and gain satisfaction from pleasing the customer by fixing something that was broken.  The workplace has a really friendly atmosphere too, which makes my job really pleasant.

What’s your ultimate aim? 

My ultimate aim is to be a knowledgeable all-round Agricultural Engineer.  I want to understand everything from designing a machine right through to the customer operating it.

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into the industry?

Agricultural engineering jobs are very practical, so use your summer breaks and spare time to gain experience.  This will help put you ahead of people and make life easier when you come to look for a full-time job. 

Another tip would be to make a good impression.  This will help you to gain good references, which may distinguish you from other applicants when applying for jobs.

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