Job Position

Installation/Maintenance Technician

Irrigation technicians install, maintain and service agriculture irrigation systems. Technicians dig irrigation dams, canals and ditches; assemble and install irrigation equipment; perform regular system maintenance; troubleshoot and repair problems; and retrofit older systems to improve water efficiency and reduce operating costs.


  • Install new irrigation systems, including preparing the job site; laying out piping, drip tape and other components; assembling center pivots; and testing the installation.
  • Perform regular system maintenance, including inspecting and repairing center pivots, pipes, drip tape and other components; programming watering and chemical application schedules; and preparing equipment and systems to prevent damage during nongrowing season.
  • Troubleshoot and repair irrigation components and systems.
  • Retrofit older systems with newer technology to improve water efficiency and reduce operating costs.
  • Operate hand tools, heavy equipment and farm vehicles as needed.
  • Maintain detailed records of service activities and completed work orders.

Education & Experience

  • High school diploma/GED required.
  • One year irrigation experience required; three years preferred.
  • Experience preferred with manufacturer brands carried by dealer/distributor.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish strongly preferred.
  • Recommended certification(s): Certified Agricultural Irrigation Specialist (CAIS), manufacturer certification, state pesticide application certification or license.


  • $35,000 – $50,000*

*Irrigation industry compensation information is based on reporting by Irrigation Association members, industry recruiters, online job postings and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Compensation varies by candidate experience and job location. This data is provided for information only and does not represent a guarantee or commitment by the Irrigation Foundation.​

Possible career path: Irrigation Installer