What Does an Agricultural Equipment Technician Do?

Agricultural Equipment Technicians (425A) repair, overhaul and maintain a variety of agricultural equipment such as tractors, tillage, seeding and harvesting equipment.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Repairing and servicing engines, transmissions, hydraulic systems and electrical and electronic systems in agricultural equipment
  • Diagnosing and fixing problems with equipment
  • Communicating with customers, owners and service managers
  • Using hand and power tools as well as various testing equipment to check systems
  • Keeping up with changes in technology affecting agricultural equipment

You may find additional information about this trade and applicable standards at the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website – Motive Power sector link: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/membership/resources/training-standards.

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

Grade 12 or the equivalent (GED or ACE) are required under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). It would be beneficial to have credits in Math, English and Science, as well as technical credits in electrical systems or mechanical repair. You must complete an apprenticeship of 6280 hours of on-the-job as well as three 8 week blocks in-school prior to writing an examination for your Certificate of Qualification.

You may benefit from enrolling in an Agricultural Specialist High Skills Major program. For more information, please visit the following link:

http://edu.gov.on.ca/morestudentsuccess/program.html#agriculture

What’s Your Future as an Agricultural Equipment Technician?

Agricultural Equipment Technicians usually work full-time, many hours during peak season when the equipment is particularly needed, and may specialize in a particular area such as fuel injection pumps, engine overhaul, hydraulic systems or in specific types of equipment. Agricultural Equipment Technicians share many of the same skills as Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics. Employers who may hire them include:

  • Agricultural Equipment Dealers
  • Rental and Service companies
  • Agricultural equipment Operators
  • Agricultural equipment Manufacturers
  • Self-employed

Wage Rate

  • Apprentices earn less than fully qualified journey people
  • As your skills and expertise increase, so does your wage
  • The wage range for this skilled trade ranges from a low of  $12/hr - $30 per hour depending on the geographic location in which you live

Self-Rating

Ask Yourself: Is Working as an Agricultural Equipment Technician For You?

Do you enjoy working with your hands using a variety of hand and power tools?

Yes      No

Do you have good vision and hearing to diagnose engine problems?

Yes      No

Do you have the stamina and strength to work with heavy equipment in cramped or awkward positions?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy working independently or as a part of a team?

Yes      No

Do you like to diagnose problems and find solutions?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy keeping up with and learning about new technology?

Yes      No

Do you like tinkering with machinery?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as an Agricultural Equipment Technician may be for You!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Truck & Coach Technician
  • Motor Vehicle Body Repairer

 

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