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 The simple equipment that farmers were once able to repair themselves has been replaced by high-tech machines that require the know-how of trained mechanics.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.
Farm equipment mechanics who work in large shops usually specialize in such areas as diesel engines and transmissions.
Able to work well with people. You’ll need to understand the particular needs of different farmers.
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.