Land-based machinery technician

Description

Land-based machinery technicians maintain, overhaul and repair agricultural equipment and machinery.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to land-based machinery technician:

land-based machinery mechanic
land-based machinery technicians
landbased machinery technician

Minimum qualifications

No formal educational credential is generally required to work as a land-based machinery technician.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Land-based machinery technician is a Skill level 2 occupation.

Land-based machinery technician career path

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These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to land-based machinery technician.

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Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of land-based machinery technician. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of land-based machinery technician with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

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Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of land-based machinery technician.

  • Mechanical tools: Understand machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Principles of mechanical engineering: Understand principles of mechanical engineering, physics, and materials science.
  • Hydraulics: The power transmission systems that use the force of flowing liquids to transmit power.
  • Health and safety regulations: Necessary health, safety, hygiene and environmental standards and legislation rules in the sector of particular activity.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of land-based machinery technician.

  • Maintain agricultural machinery: Maintain agricultural facilities and equipment in order to ensure that it is clean and in safe, working order. Perform routine maintenance on equipment and adjust or repair when necessary, using hand and power tools. Replace defective parts components or systems.
  • Manoeuvre heavy trucks: Drive, manoeuvre and park tractors, trailers and lorries on roads, around tight corners, and in parking spaces.
  • Diagnose fuel systems: Diagnose and repair fuel systems on agricultural equipment.
  • Assemble machines: Assemble machines according to instructions and specifications.
  • Drive agricultural machines: Drive tractors, forklifts and other vehicles to transport crops. Move equipment in fields and around buildings, making the appropriate adjustments and maneuvers.
  • Repair equipment on site: Identify malfunctions and repair or replace multi-media, audio-visual and computer systems, hardware and equipment on site.
  • Inspect machinery: Check machine equipment for proper performance and detect faults and malfunctions. Diagnose malfunctions using testing equipment to determine the required repair.
  • Apply health and safety standards: Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of land-based machinery technician. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Vehicle electrical systems: Know vehicle electrical systems, including components such as the battery, starter, and alternator. The battery provides energy to the starter. The alternator provides the battery the energy it requires to power the vehicle. Understand the interplay of these components to resolve malfunctions.
  • Road traffic laws: Understand road traffic laws and the rules of the road.
  • Engine components: Know the different engine components, and their operation and maintenance. Understand when repairs and replacement should be undertaken.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of land-based machinery technician. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Manage time in agricultural production: Plan and organise schedules in order to distribute and organise workload for agricultural production activities.
  • Repair vehicle electrical systems: Use appropriate tools, machinery, and equipment to solve problems related to components of the electrical system of vehicles, such as the battery, alternator, or starter.
  • Use different communication channels: Make use of various types of communication channels such as verbal, handwritten, digital and telephonic communication with the purpose of constructing and sharing ideas or information.
  • Manage production enterprise: Organise and instruct staff, plan production strategies and programmes including sales. Carry out input purchase orders, materials, equipment and manage stocks etc. Awareness of demands of the businesses customers and adjustments accordingly to plans and strategies. Estimate resources and control budget of enterprise applying business economics, production development and project management principles.
  • Keep task records: Organise and classify records of prepared reports and correspondence related to the performed work and progress records of tasks.
  • Repair metal sheets: Repair bent or torn sheet metal.
  • Listen actively: Give attention to what other people say, patiently understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times; able to listen carefully the needs of customers, clients, passengers, service users or others, and provide solutions accordingly.
  • Coordinate operational activities: Synchronise activities and responsibilities of the operational staff to ensure that the resources of an organisation are used most efficiently in pursuit of the specified objectives.
  • Manage maintenance operations: Oversee maintenance activities, making sure that staff is following procedures and ensuring routine and periodic refurbishment and maintenance activities.
  • Maintain irrigation systems: Install irrigation, plumbing and sprinkler systems. Inspect and assess these systems according to agreed time schedules. Identify defects and wear in irrigation systems and arrange repairs.
  • Clean vehicle engine: Remove grease and dirt from the engine and other mechanical vehicle parts.
  • Fabricate metal parts: Fabricate metal parts, using equipment such as drill presses and engine lathes.
  • Disassemble engines: Disassemble internal combustion engines, generators, pumps, transmissions and other components of mechanical equipment.
  • Control of expenses: Monitoring and maintaining effective cost controls, in regards to efficiencies, waste, overtime and staffing. Assessing excesses and strives for efficiency and productivity.
  • Carry out improvised vehicle repairs: Identify mechanical/technical car problems; perform improvised or intermediate repairs on vehicles; take into account individual customer requests.

ISCO group and title

7233 – Agricultural and industrial machinery mechanics and repairers


References
  1. Land-based machinery technician – ESCO
Last updated on September 26, 2022

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