Agricultural Equipment Technician

ACA, Unrestricted Certified Trade, Designated Red Seal Trade


  • Test systems and components using computerized diagnostic and other testing devices to diagnose and isolate faults
  • Adjust, repair or replace parts and components of farm equipment systems including fuel, brake, steering, suspension, engine, drive train, air supply and auxiliary systems, tires, wheels, ballasting, undercarriages, emission control and exhaust, cooling and climate control, and electrical and electronic systems using hand tools and other specialized repair equipment
  • Inspect, diagnose and repair tillage and planting equipment, harvesting equipment, spraying and planting equipment, irrigation and distribution equipment, materials handling equipment, harvesting equipment, and precision farming equipment
  • Test and adjust repaired systems to manufacturer's performance specifications
  • Perform scheduled maintenance service, such as oil changes, lubrications and tune-ups
  • Advise customers on work performed, equipment condition and future repair requirements
  • Inspect farm equipment motor in operation

Personal Qualities

  • You will work indoors and outdoors repairing equipment that may have an unpleasant smell
  • You enjoy working to close and exacting tolerances
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time and must bend down and reach up frequently
  • You have and use physical strength on the job
  • You will make a very significant investment in tools
  • You like working with computers and computerized equipment
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required

Career Opportunities

  • Farm equipment technicians are employed at small and medium farm equipment repair and/or sales establishments such as dealerships or landscaping companies
  • Some farm equipment technicians specialize in repairing one particular manufacturer's product line

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 6,280 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 7,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the Apprenticeship Program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
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