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Farm Equipment Mechanics

Farm equipment mechanics repair, service and maintain a wide array of equipment, including large vehicles utilized on farms and lawn and garden vehicles used by the public. They also perform routine maintenance on engines and brake, hydraulic, transmission and fuel systems. They also work on electrical problems.

Some farm equipment mechanics work on dairy equipment and irrigation systems. Modern farm equipment often includes electronics, computers and hydraulics which makes it difficult for people that don't have specialized training and tools to make repairs.

Common job titles include tractor mechanic, agricultural mechanic, agricultural technician, service technician, mechanic, harvester mechanic and service mechanic.

Responsibilities

  • Repair, overhaul and maintain farm machinery and vehicles
  • Reassemble machines and equipment
  • Repair undercarriages and track assemblies
  • Record details of repair work
  • Confer with customers to locate and diagnose problems
  • Weld frames and structural parts
  • Test and replace electrical components
  • Tune or overhaul engines
  • Replace or repair defective parts

Job Characteristics

Farm equipment mechanics typically fix farm equipment in a shop setting, however sometimes they travel to farms to make repairs. They should have mechanical aptitude and basic math skills and computer skills. They should also be good at solving problems. A farm equipment mechanic needs to be able to interpret complex service manuals.

Farm equipment mechanics typically work 6 or 7 days a week and often 10 to 12 hours per day during the busy planting and harvesting seasons. During the slow months, they might work less than 40 hours per week.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has forecasted an employment growth of 7 percent for farm equipment mechanics between 2008 and 2018. In addition, the median hourly rate for farm equipment mechanics in 2008 was $15.32.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Many farm equipment mechanics gain their knowledge and skills from on-the-job-training. Many employers prefer applicants that have completed a formal education program such as a certificate or an associate degree program in agricultural or diesel mechanics.

Some education programs are designed for farm equipment mechanics. The programs offer training with the newest technologies and help students understand complex technical manuals. Trainees without related experience or previous education may go through a two year training period before they are highly skilled. In addition, experienced employees are typically required by their employers to attend special training classes sponsored by manufacturers and vendors.

Resources

Major Employers

The major job providers are farm equipment dealers.

Schools for Farm Equipment Mechanics are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Farm Equipment Mechanics

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Farm Equipment Mechanics jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dothan 70 $34,950
Huntsville 60 $37,860
Hoover 50 $32,790
Birmingham 50 $32,790
Tuscaloosa 40 $53,440
Decatur 30 $38,980
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 120 $32,150
Mesa 120 $32,150
Phoenix 120 $32,150
Yuma 50 $30,060
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jonesboro 110 $32,210
Conway 100 $31,880
Little Rock 100 $31,880
North Little Rock 100 $31,880
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bakersfield 420 $37,050
Fresno 330 $34,180
Porterville 240 $42,470
Visalia 240 $42,470
Modesto 190 $37,470
Stockton 140 $44,660
Lodi 140 $44,660
Long Beach 100 $50,120
Anaheim 100 $50,120
Los Angeles 100 $50,120
Salinas 90 $37,400
Arcade 90 $49,960
Sacramento 90 $49,960
Roseville 90 $49,960
Arden 90 $49,960
Merced 70 $30,510
El Centro 70 $35,020
Chico 70 $39,560
Santa Rosa 70 $53,100
Napa 60 N/A
Yuba City 50 $50,500
Santa Maria 40 $34,690
Santa Barbara 40 $34,690
Hanford 30 $33,180
Corcoran 30 $33,180
Oxnard N/A $39,160
Thousand Oaks N/A $39,160
Ventura N/A $39,160
Riverside N/A $53,410
San Bernardino N/A $53,410
Ontario N/A $53,410
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 90 $35,920
Aurora 90 $35,920
Denver 90 $35,920
Greeley 80 $41,030
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 40 $36,230
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 210 $38,490
West Palm Beach 210 $38,490
Fort Lauderdale 210 $38,490
Ferry Pass 40 $43,760
Brent 40 $43,760
Pensacola 40 $43,760
Tallahassee 30 $29,290
Sanford 30 $38,540
Kissimmee 30 $38,540
Orlando 30 $38,540
St. Petersburg N/A $35,790
Clearwater N/A $35,790
Tampa N/A $35,790
North Port N/A $36,240
Bradenton N/A $36,240
Sarasota N/A $36,240
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 130 $44,450
Sandy Springs 130 $44,450
Atlanta 130 $44,450
Albany 80 $36,210
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 130 $40,370
Idaho Falls N/A $24,460
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 270 $34,540
Urbana 70 $36,750
Champaign 70 $36,750
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 230 $34,870
Anderson 230 $34,870
Carmel 230 $34,870
Fort Wayne 90 $44,280
Elkhart 80 $36,600
Goshen 80 $36,600
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Des Moines 100 $34,790
West Des Moines 100 $34,790
Dubuque 90 $40,610
Cedar Rapids 80 $43,310
Cedar Falls 50 $42,820
Waterloo 50 $42,820
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 90 $38,300
Topeka 50 $39,280
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 60 $36,970
Lexington 60 $36,970
Bowling Green 40 $28,460
Owensboro 30 $40,610
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lafayette 30 $43,260
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 160 $33,960
Columbia 160 $33,960
Baltimore 160 $33,960
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wyoming 90 $31,490
Grand Rapids 90 $31,490
East Lansing 70 $37,660
Lansing 70 $37,660
Warren 60 $40,670
Detroit 60 $40,670
Dearborn 60 $40,670
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 110 $35,630
Rochester 100 $38,230
Mankato N/A $39,610
North Mankato N/A $39,610
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 50 $34,910
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 130 $33,620
Jefferson City 70 $29,290
Columbia 30 $37,540
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 70 $46,690
Great Falls 40 $43,920
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Grand Island 180 $37,890
Lincoln 40 $39,090
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Syracuse 70 $38,620
Fort Drum 40 $37,050
Watertown 40 $37,050
Rochester 40 $38,380
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 40 $38,230
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 50 $50,790
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 190 $37,700
Elyria 100 $29,860
Cleveland 100 $29,860
Toledo 80 $39,920
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 150 $37,780
Tulsa N/A $38,980
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 120 $38,030
Albany 60 $41,730
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lancaster 220 $37,150
Harrisburg 90 $36,490
Carlisle 90 $36,490
Chambersburg 60 $35,460
Waynesboro 60 $35,460
Reading 50 $44,260
Lebanon N/A $30,480
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin 50 $35,760
Anderson 50 $35,760
Greenville 50 $35,760
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 110 $41,600
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 160 $36,800
Franklin 160 $36,800
Davidson 160 $36,800
Nashville 160 $36,800
Johnson City 50 $24,410
Jackson 40 $33,720
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 740 $43,300
Houston 740 $43,300
The Woodlands 740 $43,300
Dallas 220 $37,940
Arlington 220 $37,940
Fort Worth 220 $37,940
Edinburg 80 $34,910
Mission 80 $34,910
McAllen 80 $34,910
Round Rock 60 $28,110
Austin 60 $28,110
New Braunfels 60 $39,810
San Antonio 60 $39,810
Longview 40 $35,460
Corpus Christi 40 $45,490
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Orem 40 $42,340
Provo 40 $42,340
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 70 $30,530
Burlington 70 $30,530
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Harrisonburg 120 $33,270
Richmond 80 $31,960
Roanoke 50 $28,290
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Yakima 180 $43,290
Bellingham 140 $41,950
Kennewick 100 $38,170
Richland 100 $38,170
Bellevue 100 $42,480
Tacoma 100 $42,480
Seattle 100 $42,480
Wenatchee 30 $38,290
Mount Vernon 30 $47,360
Anacortes 30 $47,360
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Appleton 250 $39,590
Madison 170 $41,640
West Allis 150 $38,040
Waukesha 150 $38,040
Milwaukee 150 $38,040
Wausau 60 $33,390
Green Bay 40 $34,660
Fond du Lac 40 $35,430

Most Popular Industries for :
Farm Equipment Mechanics

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Durable Goods Wholesale 22,110 76% $32,530
Maintenance And Repair 1,720 5% $29,680
Hardware And Garden Stores 1,720 5% $29,580
Agriculture And Forestry Services 1,490 5% $27,250
Non-durable Goods Wholesale 470 1% $29,420
Office Services And Staffing 370 1% $30,260
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