Machinery Mechanics

About the Course

Routine Service - Specific Repairs - Fault Diagnosis

This fifteen day course is aimed at operators and mechanics with responsibility or an interest in the routine maintenance and repair of machines, tractors and equipment used in the grounds care and associated industries.

Our practical based training will offer participants the ability to reduce servicing costs, machinery down time and is a valuable opportunity to develop skills in routine maintenance and repair.

To ensure the training is appropriate and cost effective participants will be encouraged, with prior arrangement, to work on their own equipment and components.

Optional testing based on traditional knowledge and skills is available but not essential.

Topics covered in the programme are as follows:

  • Day 1 - Tools, equipment, service administration, Health and Safety
  • Day 2 - Multi Cylinder Diesel Engine
  • Day 3 - 4 Stroke Petrol Engine (Horticultural Machines)
  • Day 4 - Mechanical transmission systems
  • Day 5 - Hydraulics
  • Day 6 - Electrics - Start and charge
  • Day 7 - Mechanical transmission of power
  • Day 8 - Cylinder Mower Cutting Unit - In season settings & repair
  • Day 9 - Cutting Unit Overhaul (Cylinder, Rotary or Flail)
  • Day 10 - Cutting Unit Overhaul Continued
  • Day 11 - 2 Stroke Engines and Hand-Held Machines
  • Day 12 - Electrics, Lighting and Control
  • Day 13 - Basic MIG and Arc Welding
  • Day 14 - Skills Application Day - Small Machinery
  • Day 15 - Skills Application Day - Self Propelled Machinery
A Writtle University College Certificate of Attendance will be issued on completion of the course.

Entry Requirements

We are governed by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulations therefore participants will not be allowed to start the course without wearing steel toe capped boots or shoes, gloves and suitable protective clothing which provides full cover for arms and legs.

By making a booking you are declaring yourself medically fit to participate in this course.

Useful Information

Free parking is available on campus; a permit will be issued and should be clearly displayed.

Please bring a packed lunch and all refreshments needed for the day.

Instructor / Student Ratio 1:8

Course Dates

Thursdays, 4 November 2021 - 24 February 2022 (9:00am to 4:00pm)

£1800 per person (3 places available)


For group bookings please contact Lorraine Cornwell 01245 424286