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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.

Farm Equipment Mechanics Skills

Below are the skills needed to be farm equipment mechanics according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Skill NameImportanceCompetence
Equipment Maintenance43.88
Repairing44.12
Troubleshooting3.883.88
Operation and Control3.623.25
Critical Thinking3.53.62

Farm Equipment Mechanics Abilities

Below are the abilities needed to be farm equipment mechanics according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Ability NameImportanceCompetence
Control Precision44
Manual Dexterity43.75
Multilimb Coordination44
Finger Dexterity3.883.88
Arm-Hand Steadiness3.753.75

Farm Equipment Mechanics Knowledge

Below are the knowledge areas needed to be farm equipment mechanics according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Knowledge AreaImportanceCompetence
Mechanical4.685.84
Customer and Personal Service3.393.83
Computers and Electronics3.363.67
English Language3.343.22
Mathematics3.233.28

Farm Equipment Mechanics Work activities

Below are the work activities involved in being farm equipment mechanics according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work ActivityImportanceCompetence
Getting Information4.243.13
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment4.184.07
Making Decisions and Solving Problems4.134.39
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment4.094.91
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events3.983.72

Farm Equipment Mechanics Work styles

Below are the work styles involved in being farm equipment mechanics according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work StyleImportance
Dependability4.38
Attention to Detail4.35
Self Control4.11
Integrity4.07
Persistence4.05

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for
Farm Equipment Mechanics

Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Farm Equipment Mechanics jobs , as of 2018

   
Metro AreaTotal EmploymentAnnual Mean Salary
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington520 $44,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim360 $54,770
Modesto280 $44,870
Lancaster250 $42,910
Stockton-Lodi250 $51,790
Madison240 $45,100
Visalia-Porterville220 $42,470
Appleton210 $39,140
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land210 $40,790
Oklahoma City210 $42,940

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Total employment and salary for professions similar to farm equipment mechanics

Source : 2018 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 23.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

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