Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians

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Also known as:
Agricultural Equipment Mechanic, Combine Mechanic, Dairy Equipment Mechanic, Dairy Equipment Repairer, Harvester Mechanic, Irrigation Equipment Mechanic, Milking Machine Mechanic, Tractor Mechanic

ABOUT FARM EQUIPMENT MECHANIC OR SERVICE TECHNICIAN CAREERS
Video transcript

Agriculture today is big business. That means that large farms that require large, specialized machinery: tractors with 400-horsepower diesel engines, hay balers, planters and grain augers, milking machines, and spraying and irrigation equipment. Name a machine, and the odds are it gets heavy use, outdoors, in all kinds of weather.

Farm equipment mechanics, most of whom work for farm equipment dealers, help reduce downtime by performing preventative maintenance. They spend much of their time adjusting and repairing machines, either at the dealership or in the field.

Every farming community depends on its farm equipment dealers and the mechanics to keep everything running smoothly. After all, whether by full moon or flood lights, crops can't be harvested if the equipment doesn't work!

SNAPSHOT
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters, dairy equipment, and irrigation systems.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
LOW
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
LOW
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
LOW
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
HIGH
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
HIGH
Daily tasks

Tune or overhaul engines.

Fabricate new metal parts, using drill presses, engine lathes, and other machine tools.

Repair bent or torn sheet metal.

Test and replace electrical components and wiring, using test meters, soldering equipment, and hand tools.

Drive trucks to haul tools and equipment for on-site repair of large machinery.

Maintain, repair, and overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters, and irrigation systems.

Examine and listen to equipment, read inspection reports, and confer with customers to locate and diagnose malfunctions.

Repair or replace defective parts, using hand tools, milling and woodworking machines, lathes, welding equipment, grinders, or saws.

Dismantle defective machines for repair, using hand tools.

Record details of repairs made and parts used.

Reassemble machines and equipment following repair, testing operation and making adjustments, as necessary.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
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.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
TOP SKILLS
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.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.