Agricultural Machinery Technician

Agricultural Machinery Technicians set up, diagnose, repair, modify, overhaul and maintain agricultural equipment.

What do Agricultural Machinery Technicians do on the job?

  • Check agricultural equipment for proper performance and inspect equipment to detect faults and malfunctions.
  • Diagnose faults or malfunctions using computerized and other testing equipment to determine extent of repair required.
  • Adjust equipment and repair or replace defective parts components or systems, using hand and power tools.
  • Clean, lubricate and perform other routine maintenance work on equipment.
  • Service attachments and working tools, such as harvesting and tillage equipment, blades and ploughs.

Agricultural equipment technicians must also have good communication and customer service skills, since they often interact with clients. They teach clients how to operate new equipment, discuss equipment operation, and consult with them to pinpoint problems and determine their specific needs.

With experience, agricultural equipment technicians may act as mentors and trainers to apprentices in the trade. They may also advance to become shop supervisors, service managers, sales people or manufacturers’ service representatives. Some may also open their own dealerships or businesses.

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