Farm Equipment Mechanics

Farm equipment mechanics maintain, adjust, repair, and overhaul equipment and vehicles used in planting, cultivating, harvesting, moving, processing, and storing plant and animal farm products. Among the specialized machines with which they work are tractors, harvesters, combines, pumps, tilling equipment, silo fillers, hay balers, and sprinkler irrigation systems. They work for farm equipment repair shops, farm equipment dealerships, and on large farms that have their own shops. Approximately 34,840 heavy vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics work in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Maintain, adjust, repair, and overhaul agricultural equipment and vehicles
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in rural areas that have a large number of farms
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Earth Science
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Any experience in equipment repair
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Repair Shop Supervisor, Manager, or Owner
  • Farm Equipment Mechanic
  • Shop Helper or Apprentice

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