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Dairy Systems

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What does it involve?

Dairy Technicians provide the dairy industry with the multidisciplinary engineering skills and knowledge that is needed to work independently while designing and maintaining milk harvesting, farm water and/or farm dairy effluent systems. As a technician your role could include design, installation and maintenance of the entire system.

Typical day

Normally an 8 hour day; sometime outside normal hours if there is a breakdown. Each day can be quite different; working in a workshop one day and on a farm the next. You will install, maintain, test, diagnose faults and make recommendations for milk harvesting, farm water and/or farm dairy effluent systems to keep them running smoothly.

How can I get into the industry?

A Dairy Technician’s skills are usually gained through an on-job apprenticeship.

Useful experience for dairy systems workers includes working using machinery and computers and some engineering experience. 

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

• English or Media Studies or History

• Maths or Accounting or Economics 

• Sciences or Workshop Technologies

• Agriculture or Horticulture

Attributes

• Good literacy and numeracy

• Good work habits/time management

• Good at problem solving/creative

Helpful experience

• Customer service or helping people

• Making or fixing things

• Working with machinery

Preferred work environments

• Inside (workshop or plant)

• Outside (outdoors)

• Different places from time to time

How much could I earn?

Icn Money

2 years experience

$51k - $53k

 

Icn Money

5 years experience

$68k - $70k

Career Pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs

Ideally, NCEA Level 2 passes in:

Maths

Science (Physics)

Technology (Metal Work)

English

Dairy Systems Engineer

Milking Machine System Technician

Pump Technician

Farm Water System Technician

Dairy Effluent System Technician

Supervisor

Foreman

Site Supervisor

Business Manager

Business Owner

Unit/Achievement standards in schools Traineeship Higher learning Higher learning

What do we offer?

  • We partner with members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential learners, and encouraging work placements.

  • We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.

  • When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the industry and the skills learners and businesses need to gain.

New Zealand Certificates


Dairy Systems thumbnailThe programme handbook summarises the New Zealand Certificates and how to work towards them.

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Who this qualification is intended for: learners who want to complete an apprenticeship in Milking Systems

Credits: 211 duration: 36 - 42 months

Graduates will be able to:

  • apply engineering trade skills and knowledge to plan, troubleshoot, recondition, and test when maintaining and servicing a range of milk harvesting plant and equipment and provide advice to the customer on solutions
  • apply engineering trade skills and knowledge to plan, install, and test a range of milk harvesting equipment in accordance with industry and statutory standards, commission it and complete the hand over to the customer
  • apply an understanding of the relevant Health and Safety legislation and workplace safety culture to work safely and meet responsibilities in a commercial environment
  • carry out the electrical work associated with installing, maintaining, servicing and commissioning milk harvesting plant and equipment
  • apply an understanding of how the design and operation of milk harvesting systems impacts on dairy animal behaviour, health and wellbeing
  • use knowledge of engineering equipment, metals and materials to perform mechanical engineering fabrication and welding tasks when installing, servicing, repairing and maintaining milk harvesting systems
  • apply an understanding of the principles and importance of cooling, cleaning, water quality and the transporting of milk from teat to point of collection, when carrying out all aspects of their work

See the NZQA qualification overview

Who this qualification is intended for: learners who want to complete an apprenticeship in Pumping Systems

Credits: 210 duration: 36 - 42 months

Graduates will be able to:

  • assess water sources and calculate water requirements for stock water, dairy shed consumption and irrigation
  • apply an in-depth understanding of pipe hydraulics, the design, operation and maintenance of rural water and dairy effluent systems, including complex branched systems, to the selection, layout design and installation of pipes
  • install a farm water reticulation or effluent system, test it to current accepted industry standards, commission it and complete the hand over to the customer
  • assemble and disassemble pumping, water reticulation and dairy effluent systems as part of fault finding, repair, service and maintenance work
  • apply an understanding of the causes and risks of backflow when installing  an effective backflow prevention device
  • evaluate the requirements for the treatment of various natural water sources and determine appropriate treatment options to meet both health and legislative requirements
  • identify hazards and safety requirements when dealing with both water reticulation and dairy effluent systems, particularly around sumps and ponds
  • carry out the electrical work associated with installing, maintaining, servicing and commissioning milk harvesting plant and equipment

See here for the NZQA qualification overview

Contact our team for more information

Marc Borland

Marc Borland

Regional Manager, Waikato/Bay of Plenty

Phone
027 275 9362
Greg Stuart

Greg Stuart

Regional Manager, Auckland

Phone
027 550 1425
Ken Wilkinson

Ken Wilkinson

Regional Manager, South Island

Phone
027 440 9232
Steve Brooks

Steve Brooks

Regional Manager, Central

Phone
027 281 9828