Tractor mechanics work directly with both farmers and everyday people and are responsible for repairing, upgrading, and maintaining tractors of all shapes and sizes; this requires extensive knowledge of diesel engines and all other mechanisms which allow them to function, including gears, suspension, and more. These mechanics use a wide range of tools to make repairs, including specialized repairs such as those involving welding.
A high school diploma or equivalent and a diesel engine specialist degree from a licensed institution are generally required for this position. Applicants who have prior experience working with tractors may be preferred, but this is not a strict requirement if the applicant has in-depth knowledge. Tractor mechanics should also have a commercial driver's license in case a tractor must be transported to another location. Knowledge of the computer systems used to diagnose tractor problems is beneficial, as well.
Those in this position generally work in shops alongside other tractor mechanics. Although they generally work during traditional business hours, overtime may occasionally be necessary depending on the employer.
Tractor Mechanic Tasks
Troubleshoot and rebuild components as necessary.
Conduct preventative maintenance and document all work done on tractors..
Maintain, inspect, and repair tractor components and automotive systems.