Job Position

Irrigation Maintenance Technician

Irrigation technicians maintain and service agriculture irrigation systems. Technicians perform regular system maintenance, troubleshoot and repair problems, and retrofit older systems to improve water efficiency and reduce operating costs.


  • 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.
  • 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, state fertilizer application license or certification, equipment operator license.


  • $40,000 – $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