Dairy Systems Engineer

Play an essential role in supporting New Zealand's biggest industry

Careers information

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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

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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.


How to become a dairy technician?

You train through an on-the-job apprenticeship to become a dairy technician and you will learn a whole range of skills.

Sound like you?

Study areas


Helpful experience

Preferred work environments

  • English or Media Studies 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
  • Customer service or helping people
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • Outside (outdoors)
  • Different places from time to time

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior 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 schoolsTraineeshipHigher learningHigher learning