Agricultural Equipment Technicians

Agricultural equipment technicians work with modern farm machinery. They assemble, adjust, operate, maintain, modify, test, and even help design it. This machinery includes automatic animal feeding systems; milking machine systems; and tilling, planting, harvesting, irrigating, drying, and handling equipment. Agricultural equipment technicians work on farms or for agricultural machinery manufacturers or dealerships. They often supervise skilled mechanics and other workers who keep machines and systems operating at maximum efficiency. Agricultural equipment technicians are sometimes known as farm equipment mechanics and farm equipment service technicians. Approximately 34,150 agricultural equipment mechanics and technicians are employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Assemble, adjust, operate, maintain, modify, test, and design agriculture equipment and machinery
Alternate Title(s) Farm Equipment Mechanics, Farm Equipment Service Technicians
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the United States, but they are especially strong in areas with a large number of farms
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Students should obtain as much experience in the field as possible by participating in summer internships and part-time jobs
Skills
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Farm Manager or Agricultural Engineer
  • Experienced Agricultural Equipment Technician
  • Entry-Level Agricultural Equipment Technician