Tractor and Agricultural Machinery Mechanic

Tractor and agricultural machinery mechanics maintain, repair and overhaul farm machinery, equipment and vehicles such as tractors, harvesters, pumps, ploughs, planters and irrigation apparatus. Apart from listening to and visual inspection of the equipment, these mechanics use electronic equipment to trace problems.

Tractor and agricultural machinery mechanics dismantle defective units and repair or replace parts using various tools. They reassemble, adjust and lubricate these parts to ensure that they operate efficiently. They install and repair farm irrigation systems and maintain farm electrical systems.

These mechanics need to be able to work with both petrol and diesel engines and may occasionally have to do welding. They often have to work very quickly since farmers cannot afford to have important machinery out of order for long.


  • service departments of farm machine dealers, wholesalers and manufacturers

  • independent repair and maintenance workshops

  • repair and maintenance shops on large farms

  • self-employment, with enough experience, can practise this trade on a private basis or start own business

Getting Started

  • work on cars and mechanical equipment as a hobby

  • try to obtain vacation work at a garage

  • speak to mechanics about this work and ask permission to watch them work


Boland TVET College, Botswana College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Coastal KZN TVET College, College of Cape Town , Eastcape Midlands TVET College, Ekurhuleni West TVET College, Lovedale Public TVET College, Mauritius Institute of Training and Development, Methodist University College Ghana, Motheo TVET College, Muhabura Integrated Polytechnic College, New Era College, Tshwane North TVET College, Vuselela TVET College

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