Five FAQs: Dairy Automation Technician

Five FAQs: Dairy Automation Technician

New technical diploma offering starts in the fall

| By: Daley-Hinkens, Carmelyn M

Advances in technology are impacting numerous industries and the agriculture industry is no exception. This fall, the college is launching a technical diploma in Dairy Automation to support a career in this growing area.

Sarah Mills Lloyd, department chair of Horticulture, Farm Operations and Farm Business Production Management answers five frequently asked questions about this new option.

What is this program all about?

Dairy automation combines technology and automated systems in dairy farming to enhance efficiency, productivity and animal welfare while promoting sustainability and competitiveness in the dairy industry. The program seeks to equip individuals in this evolving field through the understanding of essential technical skills in both dairy and automation.

Why did FVTC decide to add this program now?

Dairy automation is an essential field of study due to its numerous benefits. It enhances efficiency, improves product quality and keeps the industry technologically competitive. Automation also fosters sustainable practices, addresses labor shortages, and promotes data-driven decision-making for better farm management. Moreover, it contributes to improved animal welfare. Studying dairy automation opens doors to high-tech careers, making it a valuable and promising area for individuals interested in agriculture and cutting-edge technology. 

Who should consider exploring this program?

Individuals who enjoy working in dairy automation typically have a strong technical inclination, enjoy problem-solving and data analysis, and are passionate about agriculture. They pay attention to detail, adapt quickly to new technologies, and collaborate effectively in teams. Innovation and continuous learning drive their desire to optimize dairy operations using automation. Their results-oriented approach aligns with their goal to improve farming practices and contribute to the industry's sustainability.

What kinds of jobs are available with this technical diploma?

Opportunities range from managing existing systems to designing innovative solutions, providing a rewarding future for tech-savvy individuals passionate about agriculture.

Job titles cover a range of positions that involve designing, implementing, maintaining, and troubleshooting automated systems in dairy farming and related agricultural industries. The specific titles and responsibilities may vary depending on the company, location, and the level of automation involved in the dairy operations, but some specific titles include:

  • Service/Installation Dairy Technician
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Robotic Milking Technical Support Specialist
  • Senior Maintenance Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Dairy Process Specialist
  • Operations Technician

What is the earning potential for this career area?

Entry-level employee wages would range from $16 to $29 per hour with the average starting wage at $22 per hour. The typical range in salaries for dairy automation jobs can vary depending on factors such as job position, experience, location, and the size of the dairy operation.

Learn more:  Dairy Automation

Listen: Sarah Mills-Lloyd was recently interviewed by WiscoAg News about the new offering. Listen to the full interview.