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    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.

    Operate or tend equipment used in agricultural production, such as tractors, combines, and irrigation equipment. Operate towed machines such as seed drills or manure spreaders to plant, fertilize, dust, and spray crops. Walk beside or ride on planting machines while inserting plants in planter mechanisms at specified intervals. Adjust, repair, and service farm machinery and notify supervisors when machinery malfunctions. Direct and monitor the activities of work crews engaged in planting, weeding, or harvesting activities. Guide products on conveyors to regulate flow through machines, and to discard diseased or rotten products. Irrigate soil, using portable pipes or ditch systems, and maintain ditches or pipes and pumps. Position boxes or attach bags at discharge ends of machinery to catch products, removing and closing full containers. Spray fertilizer or pesticide solutions to control insects, fungus and weed growth, and diseases, using hand sprayers. Weigh crop-filled containers, and record weights and other identifying information. Attach farm implements such as plows, discs, sprayers, or harvesters to tractors, using bolts and hand tools. Drive trucks to haul crops, supplies, tools, or farm workers. Load and unload crops or containers of materials, manually or using conveyors, handtrucks, forklifts, or transfer augers. Load hoppers, containers, or conveyors to feed machines with products, using forklifts, transfer augers, suction gates, shovels, or pitchforks. Manipulate controls to set, activate, and adjust mechanisms on machinery. Mix specified materials or chemicals, and dump solutions, powders, or seeds into planter or sprayer machinery. Observe and listen to machinery operation to detect equipment malfunctions.

    Mechanical -- Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. Food Production -- Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

    Operation and Control -- Controlling operations of equipment or systems. Equipment Maintenance -- Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. Equipment Selection -- Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job. Repairing -- Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools. Operation Monitoring -- Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. Troubleshooting -- Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. Quality Control Analysis -- Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. Installation -- Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications. Judgment and Decision Making -- Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. Science -- Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

    Control Precision -- The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. Static Strength -- The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. Multilimb Coordination -- The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. Far Vision -- The ability to see details at a distance. Manual Dexterity -- The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. Problem Sensitivity -- The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. Information Ordering -- The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). Extent Flexibility -- The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. Stamina -- The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. Trunk Strength -- The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

    Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment -- Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. Performing General Physical Activities -- Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. Controlling Machines and Processes -- Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). Handling and Moving Objects -- Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings -- Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates -- Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment -- Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material -- Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events -- Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.