CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Farm Equipment Mechanics

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Farm Equipment Mechanics
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters, dairy equipment, and irrigation systems. Record details of repairs made and parts used.
 
Reassemble machines and equipment following repair; test operation; and make adjustments as necessary.
 
Maintain, repair, and overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters, and irrigation systems.
 
Examine and listen to equipment, read inspection reports, and confer with customers to locate and diagnose malfunctions.
 
Dismantle defective machines for repair, using hand tools.
 
Test and replace electrical components and wiring, using test meters, soldering equipment, and hand tools.
 
Repair or replace defective parts, using hand tools, milling and woodworking machines, lathes, welding equipment, grinders, or saws.
 
Clean and lubricate parts.
 
Tune or overhaul engines.
 
Drive trucks to haul tools and equipment for on-site repair of large machinery.
 
Fabricate new metal parts, using drill presses, engine lathes, and other machine tools.
 
Calculate bills according to record of repairs made, labor time, and parts used.
 
Install and repair agricultural irrigation, plumbing, and sprinkler systems.
 
Repair bent or torn sheet metal.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Farm Equipment Mechanics
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
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.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
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.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Farm Equipment Mechanics
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
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.
 
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
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.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Farm Equipment Mechanics
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
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).
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
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.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
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.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Farm Equipment Mechanics
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Farm Equipment Mechanics
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Agricultural Equipment Mechanic
Agricultural Mechanic
Agricultural Technician
Assembly Repairer
Combine Mechanic
Dairy Equipment Installer
Dairy Equipment Mechanic
Dairy Equipment Repairer
Diesel Mechanic
Diesel Technician
Electric Milkers Installer
Farm Equipment Assembler
Farm Equipment Mechanic
Farm Equipment Mechanic Apprentice
Farm Equipment Technician
Farm Implement Mechanic
Farm Machinery Assembler
Farm Machinery Erector
Farm Machinery Mechanic
Farm Tractor Mechanic
Fitter
Greaser
Harvester Mechanic
Heavy Equipment Mechanic
Implement Mechanic
Irrigation Equipment Installer
Irrigation Equipment Mechanic
Irrigation Pump Installer
Layout Worker
Machine or Machinery Mechanic
Mechanic
Milking Machine Mechanic
Milking System Installer
Pea Viner Mechanic
Rice Dryer Mechanic
Service Mechanic
Service Technician
Set Up Worker
Shop Mechanic
Small Engine Technician
Sprinkler Irrigation Equipment Mechanic
Tractor Mechanic
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Farm Equipment Mechanics
 
 
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