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Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Maintain, repair, and overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters, and irrigation systems.
    • Dismantle defective machines for repair, using hand tools.
    • Record details of repairs made and parts used.
    • Reassemble machines and equipment following repair, testing operation and making adjustments, as necessary.
    • Clean and lubricate parts.
    • Test and replace electrical components and wiring, using test meters, soldering equipment, and hand tools.
    • Examine and listen to equipment, read inspection reports, and confer with customers to locate and diagnose malfunctions.
    • Tune or overhaul engines.
    • Repair or replace defective parts, using hand tools, milling and woodworking machines, lathes, welding equipment, grinders, or saws.
    • 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.
    • Repair bent or torn sheet metal.
    • Calculate bills according to record of repairs made, labor time, and parts used.
    • Install and repair agricultural irrigation, plumbing, and sprinkler systems.

    Skills

    • Equipment Maintenance

      Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

    • Troubleshooting

      Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

    Knowledge

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 46170/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 22.2/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,250
    • Yearly Projected Openings 120

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: 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
    • Self Control
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Persistence

    Tools

    • Screwdrivers
    • Pullers
    • Locking pliers
    • Cold chisels
    • Calipers

    Technology

    • Spreadsheet software
    • Internet browser software
    • Facilities management software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software

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