Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians
Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians in the South Plains
Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters, dairy equipment, and irrigation systems.
Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians in the South Plains are typically employed by these industries:
- Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
- Support Activities for Crop Production
- Other Crop Farming
- Cattle Ranching and Farming
- Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
In 2016 there were an average of 253 Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians working in the South Plains. This occupation is expected to grow by 16.2% in the next ten years.
Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians earn an average of $44,000 in the South Plains. Entry-level workers earn approximately $28,900 compared to an average of $51,500 for experienced workers.
Education, Experience and Licensing
People in this career usually begin with a high school diploma and an industry-recognized certificate or credential and no previous work experience. This career typically requires long-term on the job training.
- Dexterity. Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians must perform many tasks, such as disassembling engine parts, connecting or attaching components, and using hand tools, with a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination.
- Mechanical skills. Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians must be familiar with engine components and systems and know how they interact with each other. They must often disassemble major parts for repairs and be able to reassemble them.
- Organizational skills. Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians must maintain accurate service records and parts inventories.
- Physical strength. Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians must be able to lift and move heavy equipment, tools, and parts without risking injury.
- Troubleshooting skills. Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians must be familiar with diagnostic equipment to find the source of malfunctions.
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