What does a Agricultural Equipment Technician (425A) do?

Agricultural Equipment Technicians repair, overhaul, and maintain a variety of agricultural equipment including tractors, tillage, seeding, and harvesting equipment.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Diagnosing equipment problems and finding ways to fix them
  • Repairing and servicing engines, transmissions, hydraulic systems, and electrical and electronic systems in agricultural equipment
  • Effectively communicating with customers, owners, and service managers
  • Safely using hand and power tools and various testing equipment to check systems
  • Keeping up with changes in technology that affect agricultural equipment

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma; math, science, English, and mechanical repair/electrical systems credits an asset
  • Agricultural Specialist High Skills Major program may be helpful for high school students
  • Completion of a 7,000-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training

What's Your Future as a Agricultural Equipment Technician (425A)?

  • Full-time with many hours during peak season when equipment is needed
  • May specialize in specific area: fuel injection pumps, engine overhaul, hydraulic systems, or specific types of equipment
  • Employers include agricultural equipment dealers, operators, or manufacturers and rental/service companies; opportunity for self-employment

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn $16.00-$30.00 per hour, though this varies depending on a variety of factors.

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