Agricultural Equipment Technician
Introduction
Agricultural equipment technicians set up, maintain, service, diagnose, repair and recondition agricultural equipment. This equipment includes tractors and combines, as well as a variety of implements for agricultural functions such as tillage, seeding, planting, harvesting, haying, spraying and application.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to understand short instructions and warnings written on signs, labels and packaging. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read instructions about work permits and tagout procedures. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to understand written instructions in safety bulletins and Material Safety Data Sheets. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read and interpret safety rules and regulations. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to identify icons used in WHMIS, fire control and other hazard management systems. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to interpret warning and directional signs. (Complexity: 1)
Writing
Ability to write text entries in forms to describe events leading up to incidents or accidents. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Farm Equipment Repair
Reading
Ability to understand short comments on technical drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read and interpret written information in text books, training manuals and technical reports. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read information contained in a variety of repair, service and procedure manuals. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate devices such as switches and relays in simple schematics. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions using basic scale drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate information such as the position of parts using simple assembly drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to use legends and symbols found on technical drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to interpret moderately complex flow, process and logic charts. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate devices such as switches, relays, pumps and blowers in moderately complex schematics. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and repair procedures using moderately complex scale drawings. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate information such as the positions of parts using moderately complex assembly drawings. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to interpret complex schematics to troubleshoot faults for complex wiring, hydraulic and mechanical systems. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to locate information such as the positions of parts using complex assembly drawings. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the severity of equipment faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures, temperatures, vibrations and odours. (Complexity: 2)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to read short comments on variety of warranty forms and parts and purchase orders. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read bulletins and memos to learn about policy changes, administrative details and production concerns. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to understand information contained in service, warranty and recall bulletins. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to understand written instructions for the set-up, operation and maintenance of welding, measuring and diagnostic equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to enter data such as dates and identification numbers into labels and tags. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to enter data such as readings and quantities into forms such as tally sheets and logbooks. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data such as identification numbers and quantities in simple lists and tables. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate operating data such as temperatures, pressures and electrical readings using gauges and digital readouts. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to complete equipment repair forms by entering dates, identification numbers and brief descriptions of faults. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to enter and locate data such as job numbers, descriptions and readings in a variety of service, warranty and maintenance reports and parts and purchase orders. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data such as classifications, times, temperatures, ingredients and quantities in moderately complex tables. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data such as frequencies and energy readings and the performance characteristics of parts from graphs generated by diagnostic equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data such as specifications, classifications, parts inter-changeabilities, material coefficient quantities and costs in complex tables. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Writing
Ability to write reminders and short notes to co-workers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write short text entries in forms such as work orders, application forms and supply requests. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write e-mail messages to request and provide information. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to choose tools and work procedures for common tasks. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to deal with minor equipment breakdowns and malfunctions. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate the condition and performance of tools and equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the quality and adequacy of the work performed. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Databases
Ability to use databases to input and retrieve data such as farm equipment repair histories. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Communication Software
Ability to use communication software to exchange e-mail messages and attachments. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Internet
Ability to use Internet browsers and search engines to locate information such as equipment specifications and costs. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Other Digital Technology
Ability to use diagnostic equipment to determine the operating condition of components such as diesel engines. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as simple instructions or a question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates, and perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles and use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Advanced Tasks
Ability to analyze angles and distances in plane figures; calculate areas of other polygons; use theorem to solve problems; calculate areas and volumes of objects such as spheres, pyramids and cones. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)