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Irrigation Specialist

 

Overview

Irrigation specialist are responsible for the sales, programming, operating and maintenance or irrigation systems to help producers, produce a more beautiful crop.

 

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Provide system recommendations to fit the needs of the customer: golf course, farmer’s field, landscaping etc.
  • Coordinate watering schedules with Farm Manager and Agronomist
  • Troubleshoot any problems that may arise with system
  • Order and install parts
  • Prepare ground for installation of irrigation lines
  • Understand plants being watered to best determine water rates
  • Design and read blue prints in order to lay out or locate irrigation valves and wiring
  • Install pipes, wiring and valves
  • Understand and implement computerized irrigation systems including remote monitoring/control systems
  • Provide general oversight of labor crew
  • Must have welding experience/certification

 

What education and training is required?

A high school diploma is required and an associates or higher, degree in turf grass management, ag engineering or landscape architecture could be beneficial depending on the type of job you are pursuing.

 

To pursue a career as an irrigation specialist:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, biology, business, and Spanish.

 

Where can I work?

Irrigation specialist can work for landscaping companies, produce companies, golf courses, or irrigation system companies in sales, marketing, technical support, product development etc.

 

Future Job Market / Outlook

The job outlook for feed irrigation specialists will be good over the next five years.  

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Irrigation Association
  • Professional Landcare Network