Dairy Systems Technician

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What do they do?

Dairy technicians install and maintain milking systems, farm water or effluent systems. They play an essential role in supporting New Zealand's biggest industry.

A typical day

Normally an eight-hour day; sometimes 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 milking systems, farm water and/or farm dairy effluent systems to keep them running smoothly.

Sound like you?

Study areas
  • English or Media or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics
  • Sciences or Workshop Technologies
  • Agriculture or Horticulture.
  • Indoors (workshop or plant)
  • Outdoors (outdoors)
  • Different places from time to time.
Helpful experience
  • Customer service or helping people
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery.
Preferred work environments
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Good work habits/time management
  • Good at problem solving/creative.



These can be useful from school:

Ideally NCEA Level 2 in:

  • Maths
  • Science (physics)
  • Technology (metal work)
  • English.
Entry level jobs


  • Dairy Systems Engineer
  • Milking Machine System Technician
  • Pump Technician
  • Farm Water System Technician
  • Dairy Effluent System Technician.
Advancing jobs

Higher learning

  • Supervisor
Senior jobs

Higher learning

  • Foreman
  • Site Supervisor
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner.

The logistics sector needs skilled people

Learn more on the qualifications available.

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