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How do I become an Agriculture Mechanic?

Are you thinking about the next step in your career and like working with your hands, have a high level of accuracy and enjoy working with machinery? If this sounds like you, an Australian Apprenticeship in Agricultural Mechanical Technology might be the perfect step for your career.

What is an Agriculture Mechanic?

Agricultural mechanics service, maintain and repair various diesel, agricultural and farming machinery. Equipment includes tractors, headers, and other spraying and seeding equipment. Service and repairs to this equipment can occur either in the workshop, or in the field during busy harvest seasons. Agricultural mechanics enhance farming technology and help farmers work more efficiently. 

Is a career in Agricultural Mechanical Technology right for me?

Is a career in Agricultural Mechanical Technology right for me?

Before committing to an apprenticeship, it's important to do your research to find out if Agricultural Mechanical Technology is suited to you. As well as educational prerequisites, there a few personal qualities that will help you determine if the job is right for you:

- Enjoy working with machinery
- Able to work to a high level of accuracy
- Able to make mathematical calculations
- Good communication skills
- Good hand-eye coordination

How do I find a job as an Agriculture Mechanic?

If you are wondering how to start an apprenticeship, the first step is to find an employer who will have an open position for you. There are many different ways to find an apprenticeship, starting from job search sites online to door-knocking, or via Group Training Organisations. To get started, have a look at these job search sites and look for any open positions that may be advertised.

It is also advised to network with others in the industry and connect with employers. Watch Jack, an apprentice Agricultural Mechanic, share how he found an apprenticeship position in this video. Watch him talk about his apprenticeship journey while studying a Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology.

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What can I expect to be doing as Agriculture Mechanic apprentice?

An Agricultural motor mechanic apprenticeship takes 4 years to complete and includes a range of on-the-job and off-the-job training. Over the course of the apprenticeship, you will learn about different aspects of the job. This will help you build the necessary skills and knowledge to operate independently in the future.

Through on-the-job and off-the-job training, you will learn to:

  • Detecting and diagnosing faults in engines and parts
  • Dismantling and removing engine assemblies, transmissions, steering mechanisms and other components, and checking parts
  • Repairing and replacing worn and defective parts and reassembling mechanical components, and referring to service manuals as needed
  • Testing and adjusting mechanical parts after being repaired for proper performance
  • Diagnosing and testing parts with the assistance of computers

During your apprenticeship, you may be trained and assessed in the following:

  • Carry out diagnostic procedures
  • Carry out servicing operations
  • Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace
  • Diagnose and repair charging systems
  • Diagnose and repair cooling systems
  • Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle compression ignition engines
  • Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle diesel fuel injection systems
  • Diagnose and repair heavy vehicle drive shafts
  • Diagnose and repair mobile plant braking systems
  • Diagnose and repair mobile plant final drive assemblies
  • Diagnose and repair mobile plant hydraulic systems
  • Diagnose and repair mobile plant steering systems
  • Diagnose and repair powershift transmissions
  • Diagnose and repair starting systems
  • Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
  • Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
  • Inspect and service braking systems
  • Inspect and service diesel fuel injection systems
  • Inspect and service engines
  • Respond to customer needs and enquiries in an automotive workplace
  • Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives
  • Test and repair basic electrical circuits
  • Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
  • Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
What are my career outcomes?

What are my career outcomes?

There are endless opportunities and career pathways once you complete your apprenticeship. As well as owning your own business, as an Agricultural Mechanic, you may go on to pursue the following career paths:

- Agricultural Engineer
- Agricultural Manufacturing Welder
- Agriculture Equipment Dealer
- Agricultural Steel Building Erector
- Field or On-Site Welders
- Agriculture Teacher