Details Report for:
49-3041.00 - Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters, dairy equipment, and irrigation systems.
Sample of reported job titles: Agricultural Mechanic, Agricultural Technician, Farm Equipment Mechanic, Harvester Mechanic, Mechanic, Service Mechanic, Service Technician, Shop Mechanic, Tractor Mechanic
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable end wrenches
- Air compressors — Gas powered air compressors
- Ammeters — Inductive ammeters
- Angle grinder — Angle grinders
- Automatic lathe or chucking machine — Automated lathes
- Ball peen hammer — Machinist's hammers
- Bastard cut file — Flat bastard files
- Bench grinder — Bench grinders
- Bench vises — Clamp-on bench vises
- Bolt cutters — Heavy duty bolt cutters
- Box end wrenches — Offset box wrenches
- Bullet pilot point — Spade drill bits
- C clamps
- Calipers — Inside calipers; Outside calipers; Vernier calipers
- Center punch — Automatic center punches
- Claw hammer — Curved claw hammers
- Cold chisels — Diamond point chisels; Flat cold chisels; Round nose chisels
- Combination pliers
- Combination wrenches — Combination spanners
- Countersinks — Countersink drill bits
- Crimping pliers — Crimping tools
- Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutting pliers
- Dial indicator or dial gauge — Clamping dial indicator
- Drill bit set — Drill bit sets
- Drill press or radial drill — Bench mount drill presses
- Dynamometers — Engine dynamometers
- Engine tune up tester — Engine analyzers; Engine compression testers
- Feeler gauges — Flat feeler gauges
- Flow sensors — Fuel flow gauges
- Fuel pressure sensor — Fuel pressure gauges
- Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Oxyacetylene welders
- Grinding wheel dressers
- Hacksaw — Mini hacksaws
- Hammers — Ripping hammers
- Heat guns — Dual temperature heat guns
- Hole gauge — Small hole gauges
- Impact wrenches — Air wrenches
- Insulation resistance meters — Insulation resistance testers
- Jacks — Short chassis jacks
- Levels — Mechanic's levels
- Linemans pliers — Lineman's pliers
- Locking pliers — Hose clamp pliers; Locking chain pliers; Straight jaw locking pliers
- Mallets — Rawhide hammers
- Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders
- Micrometers — Inside micrometers; Outside micrometers
- Multimeters — Digital multimeters
- Needlenose pliers — Needle nose pliers
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Nut drivers — T-handle nut drivers
- Offset screw driver — Offset screwdrivers
- Ohmmeters — Digital ohmmeters
- Oil gun — Oil injectors
- Oscilloscopes — Digital oscilloscopes
- Personal computers
- Pipe or tube cutter — Pipe cutters
- Pipe reamer — Spiral pipe reamers
- Portable data input terminals — Diagnostic scan units
- Power drills — Electric drills
- Power grinders — Disk grinders
- Power riveter — Pop riveters; Rivet guns
- Power saws — Portable power hacksaws
- Pullers — Bearing pullers; External gear pullers; Internal gear pullers; Slide hammers
- Punches or nail sets or drifts — Nail sets
- Pyrometers — Digital pyrometers
- Ratchets — Flex head ratchets; Reversible ratches
- Router bits — Router bit sets
- Saws — Handsaws
- Screw extractors — Spiral screw extractors
- Screwdriver bits — Screwdriver bit sets
- Screwdrivers — Clutch head screwdrivers; Phillips screwdrivers; Standard screwdrivers
- Sharpening stones or tools or kits — Oil stones
- Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Arc welders
- Slip joint pliers
- Slip or groove joint pliers — Groove joint pliers
- Sockets — Extension sockets; Flex handle sockets; Universal socket wrenches
- Soldering iron — Soldering guns
- Spark plug gap gauge — Spark plug feeler gauges
- Spark plug wrench — Spark plug sockets
- Speedometers — Speed indicators
- Squares — Steel squares
- Tachometers — Digital tachometers
- Taper punch — Lining-up punches
- Taps — Tap and die sets
- Thickness measuring devices — Sheet metal gauges
- Thread pitch gauge — Screw thread pitch gauges
- Threading dies — Pie dies
- Threading taps — Pipe taps
- Timing light — Engine timing lights
- Tinners snips — Aviation snips
- Tire pressure gauge — Digital tire pressure gauges
- Tire repair kit — Valve core removal tools
- Torque screwdriver — Digital torque screwdrivers
- Torque wrenches — Click type torque wrenches
- Tungsten inert gas welding machine — Tungsten inert gas TIG welders
- Vacuum gauges — Digital vacuum gauges
- Voltage or current meters — Digital voltmeters
- Wire gauge — Circular wire gauges
- Wire-stripping pliers — Wire stripper pliers
- Workshop cranes — Portable cranes
Technology used in this occupation:
- Data base user interface and query software — FarmLogic FarmPAD; ServiceMax software
- Electronic mail software — Microsoft Oulook
- Facilities management software — Computerized maintenace management system CMMS software
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
- Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order.
- Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning.
- Repair defective engines or engine components.
- Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
- Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
- Fabricate parts or components.
- Inspect mechanical equipment to locate damage, defects, or wear.
- Reassemble equipment after repair.
- Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.
- Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
- Adjust vehicle components according to specifications.
- Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
- Service vehicles to maintain functionality.
- Confer with customers or users to assess problems.
- Maintain repair or maintenance records.
- Repair pipes to stop leaking.
- Install machine or equipment replacement parts.
- Read work orders or descriptions of problems to determine repairs or modifications needed.
- Move large objects using heavy equipment.
- Install piping for installation or maintenance activities.
- Repair structural components.
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|56||High school diploma or equivalent|
|19||Some college, no degree|
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
|49-2092.00||Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers|
|49-3023.01||Automotive Master Mechanics Bright Outlook|
|49-3031.00||Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists Green|
|49-3042.00||Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines|
|49-3051.00||Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians|
|49-3092.00||Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians|
|49-9012.00||Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door|
|49-9021.01||Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers|
|49-9071.00||Maintenance and Repair Workers, General|
|49-9097.00||Signal and Track Switch Repairers|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2015)||$17.82 hourly, $37,050 annual|
|Employment (2014)||40,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Average (5% to 8%)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||12,400|
|Top industries (2014)||
Wholesale Trade (68% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.