Mechanics are responsible for maintaining and repairing different kinds of farm equipment such as combines and tractors. They troubleshoot issues and fix them by inspecting engines, mechanical/electrical components and hydraulic systems. Mechanics ensure that while working they keep their workspaces clean, track their progress, and maintain their equipment and tools in good condition.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Perform complex repairs and maintenance on equipment like combines and tractors
  • Troubleshoot and inspect equipment to detect faults and malfunctions
  • Attach components and adjust new farm equipment
  • Diagnose faults or malfunctions using computerized and other testing equipment
  • Have a strong knowledge of mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems
  • Operate vehicles and equipment including computers used for diagnostic purposes
  • Diagnose and repair a wide range of equipment including agricultural, GPS, lawn care and commercial construction equipment
  • Review and explain any maintenance, repair or other service concerns directly with the customer and document this on the work order
  • Locate and diagnose a machine’s problem and then generate a cost-effective solution
  • Perform diagnosis and repair in the field as required
  • Order parts and maintain inventory
  • Maintain a current knowledge of industry competitive products
  • Maintain a clean and organized workspace
  • Follow all safety rules and regulations
  • Complete all reports and forms
  • Track time and materials used during a service order

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education, particularly agricultural mechanics
  • science
  • geometry
  • physics and related math and science classes

Education/Training Required:

A high school diploma is required to become a mechanic. However, most employers require advanced training. A vocational or other postsecondary education program in automotive service technology is preferred. Alternatively, one could serve as an apprentice.

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