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KEEP ON MOVING These courses are designed for anyone who is interested in design, manufacture, maintenance and repair of land-based machines and vehicles.

At Newton Rigg College students have the opportunity to study Engineering, this is a highly technical sector with an expanding workforce so there are strong employment prospects.


Land-Based Engineering provides a wide range of opportunities for students who are interested in machinery and enjoy working with technology. Our extensive facilities provide a fantastic environment for practical work and demonstrations, where students learn what makes off-road vehicles and land-based machinery work, as well as the testing, repair and maintenance of vehicles. Students will learn to operate a range of off-road vehicles and machinery as well as benefiting from industry links allowing them to gain invaluable real-life training.


SPIE Distribution and Transmission Division is one of the largest Overhead Line Engineering companies in the UK, specialising in both distribution and transmission overhead lines. They undertake work directly for the Distribution Network Operators throughout the UK, with operations in England, Scotland, North Wales and Northern Ireland.

With their continuous business growth and commitment to train and develop, they are looking to recruit a high number of Overhead Line Apprentices to be associated with our UK wide operations, and follow a Nationally Recognised Level 3 Training Programme, accredited by EU Skills. The apprenticeships will involve being away from home for the off-the-job training, with block training taking place at Newton Rigg College. Students will stay in residential accommodation which has been refurbished using funding from the Cumbria LEP, through the Skills Funding Agency.  The on-site development and experience will take place at various UK contract locations.


Our workshops include a land-based machinery workshop and a welding workshop, both of which provide students with a range of facilities incorporating specialist tooling and diagnostic equipment. Learning resources include a range of tractors and farm machines, forklift trucks, harvesting machinery and application equipment as well as a wide selection of small and medium plant machinery. These facilities, combined with our close links with industry means that we provide our students with access to the very latest equipment. Our lecturers have extensive industry experience.


By studying in this department you will learn the relevant skills to work in the following roles:

  • Service engineer (agriculture, grounds care, forestry and plant)
  • Operator/fitter
  • Technical sales advisor
  • Engineering design
  • Service management
  • Machinery and equipment operatives


The Engineering department has links within the industry across the whole spectrum of its provision, including manufacturers, dealerships, utilities companies, councils, hire companies and independent repairers. Our main partners for Land-Based Engineering are City & Guilds. Apprenticeships and work placements are an essential part of our students’ learning. Placements have been undertaken with the following companies by our students:

• Rickerby Ltd
• Lloyd Ltd
• Carrs Billington Agriculture
• Johnston Tractors Ltd
• D.W Toppin Ltd
• David Henderson Ltd
• Potts Plant Hire
• Garry Phillips Agricultural Engineers
• A.W Blake Ltd
• H Pigney & son

Newton Rigg College,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400