Tractor Operator

Drive gasoline or diesel powered tractors to move materials.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Tractor Operators do?

Drives gasoline or diesel powered tractor to move materials, draw farm implements, tow trailers, pull out objects embedded in ground, or pull cable of winch to raise, lower, or load heavy material or equipment: Fastens attachments, such as graders, plows, and rollers, to tractor with hitchpins. Releases brake, shifts gears, and depresses accelerator or moves throttle to control forward and backward movement of tractor. Steers tractor by turning steering wheel and depressing brake pedals. May lubricate and repair tractor and attachments. May be designated according to type of power utilized as Diesel-Tractor Operator; Gasoline-Tractor Operator; Tractor Operator, Battery. May operate tractor mounted with wide spread pneumatic or metallic treads to transport materials over marshes or swamps and be designated Marsh-Buggy Operator. May operate tractor equipped with laser leveling equipment to level large fields for farming or industrial purposes and be designated Tractor Operator, Laser Leveling.

Should I be a Tractor Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Caterpillar Tractor Operator, Diesel Tractor Operator, Electric Dolly Operator, Electric Mule Operator See More

    How to become a Tractor Operator

    Most Tractor Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9jaaaa&chl=no+college+%2887%25%29|certificate+%2813%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,87,87
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