Machine Farmworker

Perform duties to feed or off bear farm machines used to plant crops.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $38,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Machine Farmworkers do?

Performs any combination of following duties to feed or off bear farm machines used to plant, harvest, and clean crops: Loads containers of rooted cuttings, plants, seedlings, or bulbs on planting machine and pulls levers to start planting and watering mechanisms. Walks beside or rides on machine while inserting plants in planter-mechanism clamp, pocket, or tube at specified intervals. Dumps, pitches, scoops, or shovels materials and products, such as bulbs, onions, and nuts into feed hopper. Guides plants onto feed conveyor. Picks up spilled products and places them on feed mechanism. Notifies designated coworker when machine malfunctions are observed. Stacks empty boxes in conveyor discharge rack or hangs bags on hooks under discharge chute, and flips baffle lever that channels discharge flow to catch products. Closes ends of filled sacks, using tie wires. Loads sacks or boxes onto truck or trailer, or guides discharge spout over truck, trailer, or silo. Cleans machinery, such as planting or digging mechanism and chain conveyor. Lubricates, adjusts, and replaces machinery parts, using handtools.


Should I be a Machine Farmworker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Farmworker, Machine, Machine Pecan Gatherer, Machine Pecan Picker, Milker, Machine, Planting Machine Crewman See More

    How to become a Machine Farmworker

    Most Machine Farmworkers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9eaaaa&chl=no+college+%2893%25%29|certificate+%286%25%29||bachelor%27s+%281%25%29||doctorate+%281%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,93,93
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