Agricultural Equipment Operators :

Drive and control farm equipment to till soil and to plant, cultivate, and harvest crops. May perform tasks, such as crop baling or hay bucking. May operate stationary equipment to perform post-harvest tasks, such as husking, shelling, threshing, and ginning.


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About the Job


Indiana Average Salary $36,230.00
Average Time to Fill 37 days
Typical Education High school diploma or equivalent
Typical Experience Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 2,328
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 1.25 %

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Skills Profile


Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Decision-making
Professionalism

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Controlling Machines and Processes

Operate spray application production equipment
Operate industrial production equipment
Operate chemical processing or water treatment systems or equipment
Operate fishing equipment
Operate painting or coating equipment or machinery
Operate packaging or banding machine or equipment
Operate processing equipment
Operate pneumatic test equipment
Operate cleaning equipment
Operate navigation technology or equipment
Operate power or hand tools in agricultural, farming, or forestry environments
Operate agricultural equipment or machinery
Operate forestry equipment
Operate radio transmitter, receiver, or auxiliary equipment
Control pumps or pumping equipment
Operate power driven pumps, equipment, or systems
Operate power generation equipment
Operate auxiliary power plant equipment
Operate woodworking equipment or machinery
Operate crushing or grinding machine

Handling and Moving Objects

Set-up production equipment or machinery
Adjust agricultural equipment
Operate portable hand spray equipment
Operate pipe fitting equipment
Assemble machine tools, parts, or fixtures
Solder metal parts, piping, or components
Braze metal parts or components
Install attachments to machinery or related structures
Paint vehicles, structures and objects using spraying equipment
Prepare materials or solutions for animal or plant use
Assemble equipment or components
Attach equipment extensions or accessories
Operate food preparation equipment
Load/unload material, products, or workpieces into or from machinery or equipment

Performing General Physical Activities

Plant trees or other landscape plants
Harvest agricultural or aquacultural crops
Cultivate agricultural and aquacultural crops for harvesting
Apply herbicides, fertilizers, or pesticides
Move heavy objects in agricultural, farming, or forestry settings
Remove tools, equipment, casings, or pipe from wells
Irrigate lawns, trees, plants, or crops
Plant agricultural crops
Stack containers, materials, or products
Move materials, equipment, or supplies
Load agricultural or forestry products for shipment
Operate jackhammer in accordance with safety regulations
Load/Unload containers, materials, or products
Fell trees for timber or land clearing


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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Occupational Health and Safety
Record Keeping
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
HVAC
Process Control
Natural Gas
Budgeting



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