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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 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 80 $31,210
Hoover 80 $31,210
Dothan 70 $35,490
Huntsville 50 $35,260
Mobile 40 $37,770
Tuscaloosa 40 $48,440
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 190 $33,760
Mesa 190 $33,760
Phoenix 190 $33,760
Yuma 60 $40,970
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 150 $34,970
North Little Rock 150 $34,970
Little Rock 150 $34,970
Jonesboro 140 $33,070
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bakersfield 360 $35,790
Fresno 310 $34,300
Modesto 220 $34,960
Arcade 210 $49,720
Roseville 210 $49,720
Sacramento 210 $49,720
Arden 210 $49,720
Visalia 200 $40,850
Porterville 200 $40,850
Anaheim 200 $47,950
Los Angeles 200 $47,950
Long Beach 200 $47,950
Lodi 140 $36,460
Stockton 140 $36,460
Salinas 90 $38,500
Oxnard 80 $37,720
Thousand Oaks 80 $37,720
Ventura 80 $37,720
San Jose 80 $45,630
Sunnyvale 80 $45,630
Santa Clara 80 $45,630
Yuba City 70 $46,280
El Centro 60 $33,340
Corcoran 60 $35,510
Hanford 60 $35,510
Madera 50 $51,610
Santa Barbara 40 $33,220
Santa Maria 40 $33,220
Oakland 40 $43,640
San Francisco 40 $43,640
Hayward 40 $43,640
Carlsbad 40 $45,270
San Diego 40 $45,270
Merced N/A $24,900
Chico N/A $37,610
San Bernardino N/A $49,930
Riverside N/A $49,930
Ontario N/A $49,930
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Greeley 100 $43,470
Lakewood N/A $33,810
Denver N/A $33,810
Aurora N/A $33,810
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 40 $35,820
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 200 $36,470
Miami 200 $36,470
Fort Lauderdale 200 $36,470
Sarasota 60 $39,840
Bradenton 60 $39,840
North Port 60 $39,840
Kissimmee 50 $42,470
Sanford 50 $42,470
Orlando 50 $42,470
Port St. Lucie 40 $35,940
Tallahassee 30 $33,360
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 90 $31,920
Roswell N/A $30,190
Atlanta N/A $30,190
Sandy Springs N/A $30,190
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Idaho Falls 50 $37,590
Boise City N/A $38,640
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 280 $32,880
Urbana 80 $35,990
Champaign 80 $35,990
Rockford 40 $51,350
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 200 $33,690
Carmel 200 $33,690
Indianapolis 200 $33,690
Goshen 80 $36,760
Elkhart 80 $36,760
Fort Wayne 80 $43,170
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 170 $38,100
Des Moines 170 $38,100
Dubuque 120 $38,540
Cedar Falls 80 $42,010
Waterloo 80 $42,010
Cedar Rapids 70 $32,730
Ames 40 $41,860
Iowa City N/A $31,190
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Topeka 60 $47,440
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 70 $28,160
Lexington 70 $28,160
Owensboro 50 $33,430
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 200 $32,970
Columbia 200 $32,970
Baltimore 200 $32,970
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Grand Rapids 80 $36,630
Wyoming 80 $36,630
Dearborn 60 $43,210
Detroit 60 $43,210
Warren 60 $43,210
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 150 $33,810
St. Cloud 120 $40,830
North Mankato N/A $37,590
Mankato N/A $37,590
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 120 $32,730
Hattiesburg 30 $29,920
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 130 $32,000
Columbia 50 $35,450
Jefferson City N/A $33,070
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 100 $49,280
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Grand Island 190 $36,220
Lincoln 60 $43,040
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bridgeton 40 $33,810
Vineland 40 $33,810
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Syracuse 80 $37,960
Albany 50 $36,180
Troy 50 $36,180
Schenectady 50 $36,180
Rochester 50 $38,560
Glens Falls 40 $37,170
Buffalo N/A $32,920
Cheektowaga N/A $32,920
Niagara Falls N/A $32,920
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh N/A $36,730
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 130 $45,470
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 180 $29,050
Elyria 180 $29,050
Columbus 110 $37,630
Toledo 70 $39,510
Akron 50 $36,380
Dayton 30 $36,030
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 220 $38,250
Tulsa N/A $35,180
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 90 $33,840
Albany 50 $41,360
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lancaster 140 $35,700
Carlisle 80 $36,020
Harrisburg 80 $36,020
Waynesboro 60 $35,840
Chambersburg 60 $35,840
Reading 60 $41,460
Pittsburgh N/A $36,090
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 30 $33,500
Mauldin N/A $35,790
Anderson N/A $35,790
Greenville N/A $35,790
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 70 $41,110
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 160 $34,960
Franklin 160 $34,960
Davidson 160 $34,960
Nashville 160 $34,960
Jackson 50 $35,890
Johnson City N/A $25,960
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 190 $32,760
Dallas 190 $32,760
Fort Worth 190 $32,760
McAllen 80 $31,180
Edinburg 80 $31,180
Mission 80 $31,180
New Braunfels 80 $31,670
San Antonio 80 $31,670
Lubbock 70 $32,120
Beaumont 40 $38,250
Port Arthur 40 $38,250
Austin N/A $25,810
Round Rock N/A $25,810
Killeen N/A $36,530
Temple N/A $36,530
Corpus Christi N/A $37,540
El Paso N/A $38,390
Amarillo N/A $41,990
Houston N/A $42,770
The Woodlands N/A $42,770
Sugar Land N/A $42,770
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Provo 40 $41,790
Orem 40 $41,790
Salt Lake City N/A $38,780
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 40 $40,880
Burlington 40 $40,880
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 90 $31,110
Harrisonburg 80 $33,410
Staunton 30 $31,840
Waynesboro 30 $31,840
Roanoke N/A $27,300
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Yakima 180 $41,880
Richland 100 $38,000
Kennewick 100 $38,000
Bellevue 100 $41,190
Tacoma 100 $41,190
Seattle 100 $41,190
Bellingham 90 $42,240
Wenatchee 80 $37,630
Walla Walla N/A $37,290
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Appleton 220 $37,980
West Allis 150 $36,560
Waukesha 150 $36,560
Milwaukee 150 $36,560
Green Bay 40 $32,660
Eau Claire 30 $32,570
Wausau N/A $31,350
Madison N/A $40,080

Most Popular Industries for :
Farm Equipment Mechanics

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

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

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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