Agriculture Mechanics Systems

Agriculture Mechanics Systems

     Because workers in the Agricultural Mechanics pathway are responsible for the efficient operation of farm machinery, opportunities in the farm equipment industry will grow as farms merge and grow larger. Agricultural and farm equipment mechanics are responsible for the maintenance, repair, and installation of machines that increase the efficiency of farming activities, such as planting, harvesting, and irrigating crops. Agricultural mechanics also service and repair smaller lawn and garden equipment operated by suburban homeowners. 

     Important skills for this pathway include the ability to maintain and repair farm machines, such as large tractors or combines. Dairy equipment repairers maintain and repair milking machines and other equipment used by dairy farmers. Modern farm equipment utilizes computers, electronics, and hydraulics, which means that workers need to continually update their skills. In fact, what was once a general repairer’s job has become a more specialized technical field in the farm industry. As a result, many farmers rely on farm equipment dealers to maintain and repair their machinery because the equipment is more complex than in the past. Another occupation in this pathway is agricultural engineer—someone who designs equipment and technology to meet farmer needs. 

    Some agricultural mechanics receive formal training in professional/technical schools and two-year colleges, where they learn the basics of diesel engines, transmissions, and hydraulics. Other mechanics learn their skills on the job, receiving training from more experienced mechanics and from training sessions conducted by heavy equipment manufacturers. Competition for workers is keen because of the scarcity of qualified people to fill agricultural mechanic positions.

Agriculture Mechanics Pathway Courses
  • Basic Agricultural Science and Technology 02.47100 
  • Agricultural Mechanics Technology I 01.42100 
  • Agricultural Mechanics Technology II 01.42200 
    Basic Agriculture Science 02.47100

    This course is designed as the foundational course for all Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Pathways. The course introduces the major areas of scientific agricultural production and research; presents problem solving lessons and introductory skills and knowledge in agricultural science and agri-related technologies. Classroom and laboratory activities are supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences and leadership programs and activities. This course is the prerequisite for all AFNR pathways and is intended for students in grades 8-10.
    Agricultural Mechanics Technology I 01.42100

    This laboratory course is designed to provide students with introductory level experiences in selected major areas of agricultural mechanics technology which may include wood working, agricultural structures, electrical wiring, electric arc welding, oxy/fuel cutting and welding processes, and power equipment operation and maintenance. Learning activities include information, skill development and problem solving. Classroom and laboratory activities are supplemented through FFA supervised agricultural experiences, leadership programs and activities.
    Agricultural Mechanics Technology II 01.42200

    The goal of this laboratory course is designed to offer students intermediate level experiences in selected major areas of agricultural mechanics technology which may include small engine maintenance and repair, metal fabrication, concrete construction, building construction, plumbing, electrical wiring, maintenance of agricultural machinery, equipment and tractors and soil and water conservation. Learning activities include information, skill development and problem solving.

     


    Related Pathway Occupations:
    Agricultural Inspectors

    Agricultural Science Postsecondary Teachers

    Agricultural Technicians

    Aquacultural Managers

    Butchers & Meat Cutters

    Buyers & Purchasing Agents

    Chemical Technicians

    Agricultural Engineers

    Farm Equipment Mechanics


    ‚ÄčOther Related Agriculture, Food &
    Natural Resources Occupations:

    Farm & Ranch Managers

    Food Cooking Machine Operators

    Graders & Sorters

    Slaughters & Meat Packers

    Slaughters & Meat Packers


    Average Annual Salary Range

    $33,000 - 

    $60,000