Drives and controls equipment to support agricultural activities such as tilling soil; planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops; feeding and herding livestock; or removing animal waste. May perform tasks such as crop baling or hay bucking. May operate stationary equipment to perform post-harvest tasks such as husking, shelling, threshing, and ginning.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Power, Structural and Technical Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Loads and unloads crops or containers of materials, manually or using conveyors, handtrucks, forklifts, or transfer augers.
- Mixes specified materials or chemicals, and dumps solutions, powders, or seeds into planter or sprayer machinery.
- Sprays fertilizer or pesticide solutions to control insects, fungus and weed growth, and diseases, using hand sprayers.
- Observes and listens to machinery operation to detect equipment malfunctions.
- Manipulates controls to set, activate, and adjust mechanisms on machinery.
- Operates or tends equipment used in agricultural production, such as tractors, combines, and irrigation equipment.
- Adjusts, repairs, and services farm machinery and notifies supervisors when machinery malfunctions.
- Attaches farm implements such as plows, discs, sprayers, or harvesters to tractors, using bolts and hand tools.
- Loads hoppers, containers, or conveyors to feed machines with products, using forklifts, transfer augers, suction gates, shovels, or pitchforks.
- Directs and monitors the activities of work crews engaged in planting, weeding, or harvesting activities.