Machinery Technician (Permanent)

Kildalton Agricultural & Horticultural College, Teagasc, Piltown, Co Kilkenny, E32 YW08
 Salary:  Technician Grade 1 with a Salary Scale of €33,220 to €44,150
Technician   Permanent Full Time
Closing Date: 07/06/2023 Closing Time: 12:00


Job Summary

Permanent .  A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled; such a panel will remain active for a maximum period of 12 months.


Basic Function:

To provide technical support and deliver machinery practicals to the educational programmes operated by Teagasc Kildalton College. Additional responsibilities will include coordinating  the operation and maintenance of the college machinery fleet.   



Kildalton is the largest Teagasc college and a leading provider of training in Agriculture, Horticulture and Equine Studies in Ireland with over 1,400 students attending courses every year. In addition to providing QQI accredited courses at levels 5 and 6 Kildalton College also provides courses at levels 7 and 8 with the local South East Technological University (SETU)making the college a progressive learning facility in the South East. Kildalton College is situated in the village of Piltown, Co Kilkenny in the picturesque Suir valley. It is located just off the main Waterford to Limerick road (N24), approximately eight kilometres from Carrick-on-Suir and 20 kilometres from Waterford city.

Job Objectives

  • To prepare and deliver machinery/workshop skills training in line with approved curriculum.

  • To undertake practical skills assessment and machinery proficiency testing of students.

  • To assist in the supervision of students on work experience.

  • To coordinate the operation & running of the college machinery fleet.

  • To assist in the requisition of plant and machinery as required.

  • To maintain and supervise the maintenance of machinery and equipment.

  • To maintain safe workshops & equipment.

  • To record the physical and financial records pertaining to farm machinery.

  • To assist in the organisation and running of advisory and promotion events and activities.

  • To participate in the review of Teagasc educational programmes.

  • To oversee the purchase and use of fuels/oils.

  • To support management in the selection of machinery and equipment.

  • To assist with and participate in the marketing of courses at Kildalton College.

  • To manage the health and safety of students.

  • To fully co-operate with the provisions made for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of themselves, fellow staff and non-Teagasc staff and co-operate with management in enabling Teagasc to comply with legal obligations.  This includes full compliance with the responsibilities outlined in the Safety Statement.

  • To assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Customer Service Charter and Action Plan.

  • To actively participate in the annual business planning, risk management and Performance Management Development Systems (PMDS) processes.

  • To take responsibility for his/her own on-going personal and professional development.

  • Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

* This job specification is intended as a guide to the general range of duties and is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive.  It will be reviewed from time to time with the post holder.

Skills Required





At the time of applying, candidates must have

  • A Level 6 QQI qualification or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline (Agricultural Machinery/ Mechanisation/Engineering).

  • Current full driver’s licence.


  • A Level 7 qualification (machinery related).

  • Pesticide application qualification.

  • Qualification in welding/fabrication

Skills / Knowledge

  • Machinery operation & maintenance/repair skills.

  • Welding & Workshop skills.

  • Record keeping ability.

  • Motivational & mentoring skills.

  • IT and computer skills.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Farm Machinery operation/maintenance.

  • Tractor & farm machinery technology.

  • Practical knowledge of farming.

  • Health & safety requirements.

  • Experience in use of computer aided design.

  • Fleet management.Knowledge of Teagasc courses and verification processes.


Behavioural Competencies


  • Team-player.

  • Displays initiative and is self-motivated.

  • Ability to communicate in an effective manner.

  • Self-disciplined, organised and methodical.

  • Flexible with an ability to adapt to changing requirements/priorities.

  • Commitment to teamwork and collaborating with colleagues as per our Teagasc Together ethos

  • Interested in self-development and acquiring new skills and knowledge.

  • Capacity to build relationships and network with staff, clients and stakeholders.


As this role will involve driving vehicles, candidates must satisfy and continue to satisfy during employment with Teagasc, legal requirements to drive a car unaccompanied on Irish public roads.

 Note:  The ‘essential’ qualifications, knowledge, skills and behavioural competencies outlined above are ‘must-have’ which will be used in the selection process.

Note:  Alternative location(s) may be considered solely at the discretion of Teagasc management.


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