Agricultural Equipment Operators

Agricultural Operator

Operate or tend agricultural machinery, such as tractors, harvesters, and cotton gins
Agricultural Operator
Have you always had a green thumb? Would you like to learn how to grow
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Work Outdoors, Learn a skill vital to the world, Put your green thumb to work!

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Baler Operator, Cutter Operator, Equipment Operator, Farm Equipment Operator, Hay Baler, Loader Operator, Packing Tractor Machine Operator, Rake Operator, Sprayer, Windrower Operator
At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Baler Operator, Cutter Operator, Equipment Operator, Farm Equipment Operator, Hay Baler, Loader Operator, Packing Tractor Machine Operator, Rake Operator, Sprayer, Windrower Operator
A Typical Day Icon

Your Typical Day:

  • Load and unload crops or containers of materials, manually or using conveyors, handtrucks, forklifts, or transfer augers.
  • Mix specified materials or chemicals, and dump solutions, powders, or seeds into planter or sprayer machinery.
  • Spray fertilizer or pesticide solutions to control insects, fungus and weed growth, and diseases, using hand sprayers.
  • Observe and listen to machinery operation to detect equipment malfunctions.
  • Manipulate controls to set, activate, and adjust mechanisms on machinery.
  • Operate or tend equipment used in agricultural production, such as tractors, combines, and irrigation equipment.
  • Adjust, repair, and service farm machinery and notify supervisors when machinery malfunctions.
  • Attach farm implements such as plows, discs, sprayers, or harvesters to tractors, using bolts and hand tools.
  • Load hoppers, containers, or conveyors to feed machines with products, using forklifts, transfer augers, suction gates, shovels, or pitchforks.
  • Direct and monitor the activities of work crews engaged in planting, weeding, or harvesting activities.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Load agricultural or forestry products for shipment.
  • Prepare materials or solutions for animal or plant use.
  • Apply chemical solutions to plants to protect against disease or insects or to enhance growth.
  • Inspect equipment or facilities to determine condition or maintenance needs.
  • Operate farming equipment.
  • Load materials into equipment for processing.
  • Direct activities of agricultural, forestry, or fishery employees.
  • Maintain forestry, hunting, or agricultural equipment.
  • Confer with managers to make operational decisions.
  • Measure physical characteristics of forestry or agricultural products.
Your Knowledge Icon

Knowledge You Will Learn

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 60/100

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 47/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 45/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 44/100

  • Transportation

Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits. 43/100

  • Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. 42/100

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 41/100

  • Chemistry

Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. 40/100

  • Law and Government

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. 39/100

  • Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. 34/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Haymaking machinery
  • Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
  • Container trailers
  • Sprayers
  • Harvesters
  • Seed drills
  • Graders or land levelers
  • Agricultural tractors
  • Air dryers
  • Cultivators
  • Conveyor screw
  • Post hole digger
  • Disks
  • Harvester parts or accessories
  • Harrows
  • Ploughs
  • Mowers
  • Vacuum pumps
  • Animal husbandry equipment
  • Storage tanks
  • Combine harvesters
  • Agricultural rollers
  • Flatbed trailers
  • Chain conveyors
  • Grinding mills
  • All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled
  • Seeder attachment
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver
  • Grapples
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Garden forks
  • Planters
  • Power blowers
  • Pulled scrapers
  • Forklifts
  • Hand sprayers
  • Bucket conveyors
  • Collection tanks
  • Metallic bins
  • Shovels
  • Forestry saws
  • Weeders
  • Fans
  • Power grinders
  • Feed mixers
  • Hoeing machines
  • Seed treating equipment
  • Threshing machines
  • Fog or mist generators
  • Power chippers
  • Dewatering equipment
  • Hammer mills
  • Hole diggers
  • Crop dividers
  • Composter
  • Sludge shredders
  • Winches
  • Wagons
  • Floor or platform scales
  • Cargo trucks
  • Subsoilers
  • Ditchers
  • Wheel loaders
  • Backhoes
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