Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians

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About the Job

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters, dairy equipment, and irrigation systems.

It is also Called

  • Tractor Technician
  • Tractor Mechanic
  • Sprinkler Irrigation Equipment Mechanic
  • Shop Mechanic
  • Shop Foreman
  • Service Technician
  • Rice Dryer Mechanic
  • Pea Viner Mechanic
  • Milking System Installer
  • Milking Machine Mechanic
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What They Do

  • Install and repair agricultural irrigation, plumbing, and sprinkler systems.
  • Calculate bills according to record of repairs made, labor time, and parts used.
  • Repair bent or torn sheet metal.
  • Fabricate new metal parts, using drill presses, engine lathes, and other machine tools.
  • Drive trucks to haul tools and equipment for on-site repair of large machinery.
  • Repair or replace defective parts, using hand tools, milling and woodworking machines, lathes, welding equipment, grinders, or saws.
  • Examine and listen to equipment, read inspection reports, and confer with customers to locate and diagnose malfunctions.
  • Tune or overhaul engines.
  • Test and replace electrical components and wiring, using test meters, soldering equipment, and hand tools.
  • Clean and lubricate parts.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.