Farm Equipment Mechanic

Career Overview

Farm equipment mechanics maintain, diagnose, and repair the heavy equipment used in farming including harvesters, tractors, and irrigation systems.

Education

A high school diploma or equivalent is generally required to obtain these positions. Completing a program in agricultural equipment technology or a related field may also be required to obtain these positions. These programs are typically offered through colleges. Others may learn this trade through a three- to five-year apprenticeship program.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
Median:
High End:
$24,000 /yr
$37,000 /yr
$57,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math
  • Electronics
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Welding
  • Communication
  • Trade-related courses
  • Automotive Repair
Work Environment

Farm equipment mechanics are typically employed by farm managers and government offices. At times this work will be completed in repair shops, while at other times the equipment may need to be fixed on farm locations. Although technicians often identify and fix equipment problems with computers, they commonly work with greasy parts and tools, sometimes in uncomfortable positions.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

References
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada