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Apr 7, 2021 ·
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There’s a lot of equipment used in the farming industry, and the tools used need to be properly maintained to keep this important sector of the economy functioning. Those who maintain and repair these parts are known as agricultural mechanics.

Considering the importance of this job, pursuing a career in the industry could be a good move if the idea of working with your hands sounds appealing. Gaining experience working on this type of equipment can be achieved by attending the Fendt Technician Academy, a Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training (MSAT) program at Universal Technical Institute (UTI).15

The 12-week manufacturer-paid advanced training program is available at UTI’s campus in Lisle, Illinois. The program trains students to work on tractors and equipment from Fendt, which is part of the AGCO Corporation, an American agricultural machinery manufacturer.

UTI is the only school in the United States to offer this exciting opportunity, which comes with many benefits for students who qualify.11 Housing costs are covered during the course of the program, and graduates earn three out of four levels of certification — Associate, Expert and Fendt Technical Theory.

If this piques your interest, keep on reading to find out more about the program and what agricultural technicians do.

What Is an Agricultural Technician?

The main job of an agricultural technician is to help keep farm equipment and tools running their best. Some daily tasks that someone working in this role might perform include:

  • Forging new metal parts
  • Testing wiring and electrical components
  • Reassembling machinery
  • Cleaning and lubricating parts
  • Checking and repairing defective engines
  • Logging maintenance reports

Depending on the project and equipment being worked on, the specific daily duties of an agricultural technician can vary.

A Fendt thresher works a field.

Requirements for the Program

To qualify for the Fendt Technician Academy program, students must be a high school graduate or have a GED. Students also must first complete UTI’s core Diesel Technology curriculum and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the duration of the core training.

If accepted into the program, students must be willing to sign a commitment contract with AGCO Corporation for a minimum one year of employment at a Fendt dealership. Accepted candidates must also be able to pass both drug and background checks.

Additional admissions requirements relating to enrolling in UTI programs can be referenced here.

Program Features

During the Fendt program, students are trained to work with exclusive FUSE® technology. They receive hands-on experience working with the brand’s engines, electronics and powertrain hydraulics.

There are six classes covered during the program’s 12 weeks, which include:

  • Introduction to Fendt: Students dive into the history of Fendt tractors, information systems and the 10-step customer/machine resolution process.
  • Electrical System and Testing: Students participate in an electrical boot camp, where they learn about the CAN network and gain experience with calibrations, practical applications and troubleshooting.
  • Deutz and Man Engines: Students learn about engine specifications and perform testing and diagnostics on engine systems.
  • Powertrains Vario Transmission: Students receive a component overview, CVT insert training, and training on VarioDrive operations, drive lines and brakes.
  • Hydraulics Testing and Diagnostics: This class covers operations, systems flow and hydraulic pressures, as well as pneumatic systems and pressure testing.
  • Fuse Technology Systems: Students finish by focusing on the Fendt Auto Guide, Fendt Connect systems and Fendt Task Doc/Pro.

Benefits

Once students have graduated from the Fendt Technician Academy, they will be prepared for employment at hundreds of Fendt dealers throughout North America.1 The multiple certifications that Fendt Technician Academy students receive can help get them ready for careers as agricultural mechanics, diesel equipment technicians and more.

Along with career placement, there are other benefits to attending the Fendt program at UTI:

  • Manufacturer-paid program: The program and housing costs are both covered for the 12 weeks of training.
  • Exclusivity: UTI is the only school in the U.S. providing manufacturer-paid Fendt Technician Academy training.
  • Experienced instructors: Students will learn from instructors equipped with decades of combined experience working with Fendt equipment.
  • Small class sizes: Courses in the Fendt program are limited to 12 to 15 students for a more personalized experience.
  • Fendt-specific training: Students work with Fendt’s exclusive technology as they receive 360 hours of hands-on training, which helps them gain in-depth knowledge of what the brand has to offer.
  • Certifications: Graduates will earn three out of four levels of certification — Associate, Expert and Fendt Technical Theory. These certifications demonstrate that grads have knowledge and skills that are up to industry standards.

A Fendt tractor.

Frequently Asked Questions


Where Is the Fendt Technician Academy available?

The Fendt Technician Academy MSAT will be available at UTI’s campus in Lisle, Illinois, beginning in fall 2021.

How Long Does Agricultural Equipment Technician Training Take?

You must attend and complete the core 45-week diesel or 75-week auto/diesel programs before moving on to the 12-week Fendt Technician Academy MSAT.

How Much Can You Make as an Entry-Level Agricultural Mechanic?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) helps to provide salary insight for a range of jobs. While there isn’t data for agricultural mechanics specifically, many who enter the field start as entry-level diesel technicians.

According to the BLS, the median annual salary for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists in the U.S. was $50,200 in May 2020.29 This means half of diesel technicians earned more and half earned less. Keep in mind that salary depends on several factors, including experience, employer, demand and cost of living in the area.

Can Students Change Sessions in Which They’re Enrolled if Circumstances Change?

Requests are evaluated based on the reasoning and class availability.

What Certifications Do Students Hold When They Graduate?

Graduates will earn three out of four levels of certification — Associate, Expert and Fendt Technical Theory.

Train for a Career in AG Mechanics at UTI

If working as an agricultural technician sounds like it could be the right fit for you, the Fendt Technician Academy MSAT program at UTI could be a great way to get trained and ready for the industry. You’ll have a step up when entering the job market after receiving hands-on training and graduating with Fendt-specific certifications.

Take the first step and learn more about core Diesel Technology program training at UTI so you can be prepared for the Fendt program at UTI’s campus in Lisle, Illinois. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, contact us online or call 1-800-834-7308.

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