Heavy Equipment Mechanic
Repair and maintain big tools like backhoes, fire trucks, and cranes.
In years past, Farmers relied on their own knowledge and expertise to make repairs themselves. But as the machinery has become more advanced, it has required an increasing amount of specialized skill to fix and maintain. That’s where a Tractor Mechanic comes in.
When trouble arises with an expensive farm machine, such as a tractor, the Farmer relies on the Tractor Mechanic to fix the problem so they can resume their work in the field. The position of Tractor Mechanic is a specialty within the broader category of Farm Equipment Mechanics, as you have specific expertise in the inner workings of engines, hydraulic systems, and basic small engine repairs.
You are responsible for repairing a variety of tractors ranging in size, make, and model. You must know the ins and outs of each manufacturer, unless you specialize in one particular brand. You spend hours working on dirty tractors and tractor parts, but when the engine fires up or the hydraulics begin working, you immediately see the results of your labor.
This field has advanced far beyond a turn-of-the-screw fix. Tractors are complex machines, which means you’ll need computer skills in addition to your engine repair knowledge, so you can update and fix a tractor’s automated operations. You can also put the overalls away—modern Tractor Mechanics mostly work in retail service locations staffed by farm equipment dealers and retailers.
But while some things have changed, others haven’t—you should still enjoy working with your hands and getting dirty, all while focusing on solving a problem.