Farm Ireland

Sunday 17 December 2017

Three Irish engineers graduate from Claas school

Derek Casey

Derek Casey

Twenty young Claas service engineers have started the next stage of their careers, having recently completed their four-year Claas Agricultural Technician Apprenticeship and been awarded their Graduation Certificates.

Of the 20 new Claas Technicians, three are from Claas dealerships based in Ireland; Shane Harrington and Michael Lyons, both with Quigleys Garage in Galway, and Simon Hall, from Erwins in Antrim.

Modern agricultural tractors, combines and foragers are highly complex machines, incorporating advanced electrical, hydraulic and mechanical components.

Aside from basic mechanical skills, the modern service engineer therefore needs to be able to understand far more complex aspects such as modern engine management systems, Isobus, GPS systems, etc.

These high skills levels are reflected in the National Diploma in Land Based Technology that the students have completed.


During the first three years studying, the students also had the opportunity to train at Claas Group headquarters at Harsewinkel in Germany, giving them an insight into the size and scale of Claas, a global company employing in excess of 11,000 people.

The students also spent time training with key suppliers, including engine manufacturers Caterpillar and Mercedes-Benz.

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In their final year, the students gained additional qualifications relating to air conditioning, electronics and hydraulics, together with their telehandler and trailer test licenses, so that they are well prepared for full entry into the dealer environment and associated industry requirements.

Following their graduation from the apprenticeship scheme, the new service engineers will now follow a comprehensive Claas training development plan.

As such the apprentice scheme is the start of a continual development cycle which will offer entrants a clear career pathway.

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