Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians
SOC: 49-3041.00

Description:

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters, dairy equipment, and irrigation systems.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
40,300 employed

Projected (2024):
43,200 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Agricultural Equipment Mechanic
  • Agricultural Mechanic
  • Agricultural Technician
  • Assembly Repairer
  • Combine Mechanic
  • Dairy Equipment Installer
  • Dairy Equipment Mechanic
  • Dairy Equipment Repairer
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Diesel Technician
  • Electric Milkers Installer
  • Equipment Technician
  • Farm Equipment Assembler
  • Farm Equipment Mechanic
  • Farm Equipment Mechanic Apprentice
  • Farm Equipment Technician
  • Farm Implement Mechanic
  • Farm Machinery Assembler
  • Farm Machinery Erector
  • Farm Machinery Mechanic
  • Farm Tractor Mechanic
  • Field Technician
  • Fitter
  • Greaser
  • Harvester Mechanic
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Implement Mechanic
  • Irrigation Equipment Installer
  • Irrigation Equipment Mechanic
  • Irrigation Pump Installer
  • Layout Worker
  • Machine or Machinery Mechanic
  • Mechanic
  • Milking Machine Mechanic
  • Milking System Installer
  • Pea Viner Mechanic
  • Rice Dryer Mechanic
  • Service Mechanic
  • Service Technician
  • Set Up Worker
  • Shop Mechanic
  • Small Engine Technician
  • Sprinkler Irrigation Equipment Mechanic
  • Tractor Mechanic
  • Tractor Technician


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • Examine and listen to equipment, read inspection reports, and confer with customers to locate and diagnose malfunctions.
  • Dismantle defective machines for repair, using hand tools.
  • Test and replace electrical components and wiring, using test meters, soldering equipment, and hand tools.
  • Repair or replace defective parts, using hand tools, milling and woodworking machines, lathes, welding equipment, grinders, or saws.
  • Clean and lubricate parts.
  • Tune or overhaul engines.
  • Drive trucks to haul tools and equipment for on-site repair of large machinery.
  • Fabricate new metal parts, using drill presses, engine lathes, and other machine tools.
  • Calculate bills according to record of repairs made, labor time, and parts used.
  • Install and repair agricultural irrigation, plumbing, and sprinkler systems.
  • Repair bent or torn sheet metal.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable end wrenches
  • Air wrenches
  • Angle grinders
  • Arc welders
  • Automated lathes
  • Automatic center punches
  • Aviation snips
  • Bearing pullers
  • Bench grinders
  • Bench mount drill presses
  • C clamps
  • Circular wire gauges
  • Clamp-on bench vises
  • Clamping dial indicator
  • Click type torque wrenches
  • Clutch head screwdrivers
  • Combination pliers
  • Combination spanners
  • Countersink drill bits
  • Crimping tools
  • Curved claw hammers
  • Diagnostic scan units
  • Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Diamond point chisels
  • Digital multimeters
  • Digital ohmmeters
  • Digital oscilloscopes
  • Digital pyrometers
  • Digital tachometers
  • Digital tire pressure gauges
  • Digital torque screwdrivers
  • Digital vacuum gauges
  • Digital voltmeters
  • Disk grinders
  • Drill bit sets
  • Dual temperature heat guns
  • Electric drills
  • Engine analyzers
  • Engine compression testers
  • Engine dynamometers
  • Engine timing lights
  • Extension sockets
  • External gear pullers
  • Flat bastard files
  • Flat cold chisels
  • Flat feeler gauges
  • Flex handle sockets
  • Flex head ratchets
  • Fuel flow gauges
  • Fuel pressure gauges
  • Gas powered air compressors
  • Grinding wheel dressers
  • Groove joint pliers
  • Handsaws
  • Heavy duty bolt cutters
  • Hose clamp pliers
  • Inductive ammeters
  • Inside calipers
  • Inside micrometers
  • Insulation resistance testers
  • Internal gear pullers
  • Laptop computers
  • Lineman's pliers
  • Lining-up punches
  • Locking chain pliers
  • Machinist's hammers
  • Mechanic's levels
  • Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Mini hacksaws
  • Nail sets
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Offset box wrenches
  • Offset screwdrivers
  • Oil injectors
  • Oil stones
  • Outside calipers
  • Outside micrometers
  • Oxyacetylene welders
  • Personal computers
  • Phillips screwdrivers
  • Pie dies
  • Pipe cutters
  • Pipe taps
  • Pop riveters
  • Portable cranes
  • Portable power hacksaws
  • Rawhide hammers
  • Reversible ratches
  • Ripping hammers
  • Rivet guns
  • Round nose chisels
  • Router bit sets
  • Screw thread pitch gauges
  • Screwdriver bit sets
  • Sheet metal gauges
  • Short chassis jacks
  • Slide hammers
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Small hole gauges
  • Soldering guns
  • Spade drill bits
  • Spark plug feeler gauges
  • Spark plug sockets
  • Speed indicators
  • Spiral pipe reamers
  • Spiral screw extractors
  • Standard screwdrivers
  • Steel squares
  • Straight jaw locking pliers
  • T-handle nut drivers
  • Tap and die sets
  • Tungsten inert gas TIG welders
  • Universal socket wrenches
  • Valve core removal tools
  • Vernier calipers
  • Wire stripper pliers
  • Computerized maintenace management system CMMS software
  • FarmLogic FarmPAD
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Oulook
  • Microsoft Word
  • ServiceMax software
  • Web browser software


  • installation maintenance and repair


    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990