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Farm Equipment Mechanics & Service Technicians

Also called: Agricultural Technician, Mechanic, Service Technician, Tractor Mechanic

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What they do:
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters, dairy equipment, and irrigation systems.
On the job, you would:
  • Record details of repairs made and parts used.
  • Reassemble machines and equipment following repair, testing operation and making adjustments as necessary.
  • Maintain, repair, and overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters, and irrigation systems.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • computers and electronics
  • customer service
Math and Science
  • physics


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • repairing machines or systems using the right tools
  • planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
  • communicate by speaking


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • FarmLogic FarmPAD
  • ServiceMax software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Oulook


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
some college
usually needed

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