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Farm Equip Mechanic-Operator Duties

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This is skilled mechanical work in the maintenance, repair, and operation of farm tractors and related farm machinery on an institutional farm.
Work involves responsibility for maintaining, repairing, and operating farm tractors, combines, sprayers, balers, harrows, and related farm equipment. Employees work under the general supervision of a farm superior and use independent judgement concerning farm equipment operations and repairs needed according to the operating condition of the piece of equipment.


Plans and carries our a program of preventive maintenance of all farm machinery.

Repairs and overhauls farm tractors, combines, bulldozers, mowers, sprayers, and saws.

Operates a variety of farm equipment such as tractors to plow, plant, cultivate, spray, mow, bale, and perform other farming operations.

Repairs transmissions, brakes, steering columns, clutches, and other parts of farm tractors.

Performs emergency repairs in the field and checks machinery while in operation.

Maintain records on equipment and supplies.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from a standard vocational or high school; and considerable experience in the repair, maintenance, and operation of farm tractors and related farm machinery; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge of the methods, tools, and standard practices of farm mechanic trade.

Considerable knowledge of the principles of internal combustion and diesel engines.

Considerable knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions of the trade.

Ability to diagnose defects, and to repair farm tractors and a variety of farm machinery.

Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

Skill in the operation of farm equipment.

Skill in the use and care of the tools and equipment employed in the repair of farm equipment.



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