Farm Equipment Mechanics

As family farms give way to million-acre agribusinesses, the science of farming keeps changing. The simple equipment that farmers were once able to repair themselves has been replaced by high-tech machines that require the know-how of trained mechanics.

Precision farming, which uses computers and satellite imaging to maximize crop yields, is just one example. Today’s farm equipment mechanics need to know as much about computerized systems as they do about hydraulic pumps.

Farm equipment mechanics care for and repair farm equipment, such as combines, tractors, and hay balers, as well as smaller lawn and garden tractors.

Did You Know?

Farm equipment mechanics who work in large shops usually specialize in such areas as diesel engines and transmissions.

Are You Ready To...?

  • Travel to farms for emergency repairs
  • Dismantle equipment to clean and lubricate it
  • Examine hydraulic parts for leaks
  • Work seventy-hour weeks during harvest time

It Helps To Be...

Able to work well with people. You’ll need to understand the particular needs of different farmers.

Make High School Count

  • Sign up for classes in electronics and computers. Since farm equipment increasingly uses electronic and computer-controlled systems, your knowledge will come in useful when making repairs.
  • Take English classes and develop your reading skills. You’ll need to make sense of service manuals and written instructions.
  • Get hands-on experience in an auto shop class, and through paid or volunteer work.
  • Keep up with changing technology.

Did You Know?

The work schedules of farm equipment mechanics change with the seasons: short work weeks in the winter and long ones in the summer and fall.

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