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?
- Customer service or helping people
- Making or fixing things
- Working with machinery.
- » Inside (workshop or plant)
- Outside (outdoors)
- Different places from time to time.
- English or Media or History
- Maths or Accounting or Economics
- Sciences or Workshop Technologies
- Agriculture or Horticulture.
- Good literacy and numeracy
- Good work habits/time management
- Good at problem solving/creative.
Unit standards in schools
Ideally NCEA Level 2 in:
- Science (physics)
- Technology (metal work)
- Dairy Systems Engineer
- Milking Machine System Technician
- Pump Technician
- Farm Water System Technician
- Dairy Effluent System Technician.
- Site Supervisor
- Business Manager
- Business Owner.