CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Agricultural Equipment Operators

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Agricultural Equipment Operators
Summary Job Description Tasks
Drive and control farm equipment to till soil and to plant, cultivate, and harvest crops. 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. Adjust, repair, and service farm machinery and notify supervisors when machinery malfunctions.
Observe and listen to machinery operation to detect equipment malfunctions.
Irrigate soil, using portable pipes or ditch systems, and maintain ditches or pipes and pumps.
Mix specified materials or chemicals, and dump solutions, powders, or seeds into planter or sprayer machinery.
Operate or tend equipment used in agricultural production, such as tractors, combines, and irrigation equipment.
Manipulate controls to set, activate, and adjust mechanisms on machinery.
Direct and monitor the activities of work crews engaged in planting, weeding, or harvesting activities.
Load hoppers, containers, or conveyors to feed machines with products, using forklifts, transfer augers, suction gates, shovels, or pitchforks.
Spray fertilizer or pesticide solutions to control insects, fungus and weed growth, and diseases, using hand sprayers.
Attach farm implements such as plows, discs, sprayers, or harvesters to tractors, using bolts and hand tools.
Operate towed machines such as seed drills or manure spreaders to plant, fertilize, dust, and spray crops.
Drive trucks to haul crops, supplies, tools, or farm workers.
Walk beside or ride on planting machines while inserting plants in planter mechanisms at specified intervals.
Weigh crop-filled containers, and record weights and other identifying information.
Load and unload crops or containers of materials, manually or using conveyors, handtrucks, forklifts, or transfer augers.
Guide products on conveyors to regulate flow through machines, and to discard diseased or rotten products.
Position boxes or attach bags at discharge ends of machinery to catch products, removing and closing full containers.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Agricultural Equipment Operators
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Food Production Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
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.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Agricultural Equipment Operators
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Agricultural Equipment Operators
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Agricultural Equipment Operators
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Farm Management Software Hay and Crop Manager Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Martens Farms Farm Site Mate Map creation software
Martens Farms Farm Trac Data base user interface and query software
2-point sprayers Sprayers
3-point sprayers Sprayers
Air carts Seed drills
Air drill seeders Seed drills
Air reels Combine harvesters
Air seeders Seed drills
All terrain vehicle ATV discs Disks
All terrain vehicle ATV harrows Harrows
All terrain vehicle ATV manure spreaders Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
All terrain vehicle ATV plows Ploughs
All terrain vehicle ATV post hole diggers Hole diggers
All terrain vehicle ATV rakes Graders or land levelers
All terrain vehicle ATV seeders Seeder attachment
All terrain vehicle ATV sprayers Sprayers
All terrain vehicles ATV All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled
Auger wagons Wagons
Backhoes Backhoes
Batch grain dryers Air dryers
Bed shapers Graders or land levelers
Bedding hippers Graders or land levelers
Bucket elevators Bucket conveyors
Cargo trucks Cargo trucks
Chaff spreaders Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
Chisel disks Disks
Chisel plows Ploughs
Combine cylinders Harvester parts or accessories
Combine draper headers Harvester parts or accessories
Combine grain headers Harvester parts or accessories
Combine headers Harvester parts or accessories
Compact tractors Agricultural tractors
Compost turners Composter
Continuous flow grain dryers Air dryers
Coulter disks Disks
Coulter drills Seed drills
Coulter rippers Harrows
Crop dividers Crop dividers
Crop lifters Crop dividers
Crop shredders Power chippers
Disk rippers Harrows
Ditch systems Ditchers
Dry bulk storage tanks Silos
Farm tractors Agricultural tractors
Feed conveyors Conveyor screw
Feed grinders Grinding mills
Feed mixer wagons Container trailers
Fertilizer blenders Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
Fertilizer spreaders Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
Field cultivators Cultivators
Field rollers Agricultural rollers
Flat-ended shovels Shovels
Flotation sprayers Sprayers
Forage blowers Power blowers
Forage boxes Container trailers
Forage harvesters Harvesters
Forage tractors Agricultural tractors
Forage wagons Container trailers
Forklifts Forklifts
Garlic harvesters Harvesters
Grain augers Conveyor screw
Grain bin aeration fans Fans
Grain combines Combine harvesters
Grain drills Seed drills
Grain heaters Air dryers
Grain pumps Vacuum pumps
Grain vacuums Vacuum pumps
Grain wagons Container trailers
Granular applicators Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
Grass drills Seed drills
Grass seeders Seeder attachment
Gravity wagons Container trailers
Hammermills Hammer mills
Harrow baskets Harrows
Hay bale accumulators Haymaking machinery
Hay bale compressors Haymaking machinery
Hay bale conveyors Chain conveyors
Hay bale elevators Chain conveyors
Hay bale feeders Haymaking machinery
Hay bale forks Garden forks
Hay bale loaders Skid steer loaders
Hay bale movers Skid steer loaders
Hay bale shredders Haymaking machinery
Hay bale spears Haymaking machinery
Hay bale stackers Haymaking machinery
Hay bale trailers Flatbed trailers
Hay bale unrollers Haymaking machinery
Hay bale wrappers Haymaking machinery
Hay balers Haymaking machinery
Hay conditioners Haymaking machinery
Hay tedders Haymaking machinery
Haybines Haymaking machinery
Header carriers Flatbed trailers
Horizontal feed mixers Feed mixers
Land finishers Graders or land levelers
Land levelers Graders or land levelers
Land planes Graders or land levelers
Land rollers Agricultural rollers
Land scrapers Graders or land levelers
Lime spreaders Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
Liquid ferilizer applicators Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
Liquid storage tanks Storage tanks
Litter spreaders Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
Manure augers Conveyor screw
Manure chopper pumps Sludge shredders
Manure injection systems Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
Manure scrapers Pulled scrapers
Manure separators Dewatering equipment
Manure spreaders Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
Manure storage tanks Collection tanks
Min-till cultivators Cultivators
Min-till drills Seed drills
Min-till planters Planters
Mist blowers Fog or mist generators
Mower conditioners Mowers
Novariant AutoFarm RTK AutoSteer Global positioning system receivers
Nurse tanks Storage tanks
Offset disks Disks
Pasture renovators Cultivators
Peanut digger inverters Harvesters
Peanut digger shakers Harvesters
Peanut diggers Harvesters
Peanut dryers Air dryers
Peanut dump carts Container trailers
Peanut harvesters Harvesters
Plows Ploughs
Portable sprayers Hand sprayers
Post drivers Post hole digger
Post hole diggers Post hole digger
Power winches Winches
Rock windrowers Grapples
Roller packers Agricultural rollers
Rotary hay rakes Haymaking machinery
Rotary hoes Hoeing machines
Rotary tillers Cultivators
Row crop cultivators Cultivators
Seed bins Container trailers
Seed conveyors Conveyor screw
Seed drills Seed drills
Seed dryers Air dryers
Seed hoppers Container trailers
Seed mixers Seed treating equipment
Seed scales Floor or platform scales
Seed strippers Harvesters
Seed tenders Conveyor screw
Seed vacuums Vacuum pumps
Self-propelled sprayers Sprayers
Shavings spreaders Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
Silage baggers Animal husbandry equipment
Silage bins Container trailers
Silage boxes Container trailers
Silage distributors Animal husbandry equipment
Silage feeders Metallic bins
Silage mills Grinding mills
Silage wagons Container trailers
Silage wrappers Animal husbandry equipment
Silo spreaders Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
Skid sprayers Sprayers
Skid steer hay bale spears Haymaking machinery
Skid steer loaders Skid steer loaders
Skid steer post drivers Post hole digger
Skid steer post hole diggers Post hole digger
Skid steer post pullers Post hole digger
Skid steer rock grapples Grapples
Skid steer rotary tillers Cultivators
Skid steer tree cutters Forestry saws
Soybean combine harvesters Combine harvesters
Sprayer booms Sprayers
Sprayer chassis Sprayers
Straw and chaff spreaders Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
Stump grinders Power grinders
Subcompact tractors Agricultural tractors
Subsoilers Subsoilers
Swath turners Haymaking machinery
Tandem disks Disks
Telehandlers Forklifts
Threshers Threshing machines
Tomato harvesters Harvesters
Tower grain dryers Air dryers
Track tractors Agricultural tractors
Tractor guidance systems Global positioning system receivers
Transfer augers Conveyor screw
Utility vehicles All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled
V hay rakes Haymaking machinery
Weed wipes Weeders
Wheel loaders Wheel loaders
Windrow inverters Mowers
Windrowers Mowers
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Agricultural Equipment Operators
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
Required Level of Education Less than a High School Diploma
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Agricultural Equipment Operators
Alternate Job Title(s)
Agricultural Plow Operator
Baler Operator
Bean Picker Machine Operator
Berry Picker Machine Operator
Broomcorn Thresher
Bulbs Farmworker
Cane Flume Chute Operator
Cane Flume Feeding Machine Operator
Cane Piler
Chopper Operator
Combine Driver
Combine Operator
Corn Cutter
Corn Detasseler Machine Operator
Corn Husker Machine Operator
Cotton Baler
Cotton Chopper
Cotton Ginner
Cotton Picker Operator
Cotton Stripper
Custom Harvester
Cutter Operator
Dairy Machine Operator Farmworker
Diversified Crops Farmworker
Equipment Operator
Equipment Operator Wage Hand
Farm Equipment Operator
Farm Hand
Farm Laborer
Farm Machine Tender
Farm Manager
Farm Tractor Operator
Farm Worker
Fertilizer Applicator
Fertilizing Machine Operator
Field Crop Farmworker
Field Crops Harvest Machine Operator
Field Hauler
Fruit Farmworker
Fruit Harvest Machine Operator
Fruit Harvester, Machine Operator
Fruit Loader, Machine Operator
Fruit Picker, Machine Operator
Fruit Thinner, Machine Operator
General Farmworker
Gin Operator
Ginning Operator
Grain Combine Driver
Grain Combiner
Grain Farmworker
Grain Thresher
Harvester Operator
Hay Baler
Hay Chopper
Hay Rake Operator
Hay Stacker Operator
Irrigation Worker
Lime Spreader
Liquid Fertilizer Servicer
Loader Operator
Machine Farmworker
Machine Milker
Machine Operator Cane Cutter
Machine Operator Farmworker
Machine Operator Hay Stacker
Machine Operator Hop Picker
Machine Operator Hop Worker
Machine Operator Picker
Machine Operator Replanter
Machine Operator Transplanter
Machine Pecan Gatherer
Machine Pecan Picker
Machine Tender
Milking Machine Operator
Mushroom Growth Media Mixer
Nut Sheller Machine Operator
Orange Picker Machine Operator
Packing Tractor Machine Operator
Peanut Picker
Peanut Shaker
Picker Operator
Planting Machine Crewman
Planting Machine Operator
Portable Feed Mill Operator
Potato Bucker
Potato Picker
Rake Operator
Raking Machine Operator
Replanting Machine Crewman
Replanting Machine Operator
Rice Farmworker
Seed Potato Arranger
Straw Baler
Sugar Cane Planter Machine Operator
Sugar Cane Planting Equipment Operator
Tobacco Primer Machine Operator
Tractor Driver
Tractor Operator
Tractor Operator Helper
Truck Driver
Vegetable Farmworker
Vegetable Harvest Machine Operator
Vegetable Loader Machine Operator
Wheat Combine Driver
Windrower Operator
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Agricultural Equipment Operators
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