In Summary - Agricultural Mechanic
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The Work - Agricultural Mechanic
- Learning and developing new craft-related skills, knowledge and competencies
- Working with and learning from experienced craftspersons
- Comply with Health and Safety requirements
- Working with vehicles
- Accepting responsibility for the quality of own work
- Being physically active
- Using the special service tools, materials and equipment
- Reading and interpreting technical instructions and diagrams
- Diagnose and repair mechanical and electrical systems
- Dismantling, examining and re-assembling mechanical systems and components
- Testing electrical and electronic systems and components
- Record and communicate accurate work records or reports
- Taking responsibility for own learning, including the allocation of study time
- Learning how machines work
- Repairing machines and components
- Being responsible for controlling or adjusting equipment
- Driving vehicles
- Working evenings or weekends
- Passing all your phase exams ( theory, practicals, skills demonstration)
- Earning as you learn
Interests - Agricultural Mechanic
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
As an Agricultural Mechanic you will need to be physically active and to be able to work with your hands.
An awareness of health and safety and good housekeeping is essential as well as attention to detail.
The Agricultural Mechanic must have the ability to:
- Plan and organise
- Communicate effectively
- Solve problems
- Work independently and as part of a team
- Show a positive attitude
- Explain faults and repairs to customers
- Rectify faults and repairs quickly
- Recognise the need for good customer relations
- Demonstrate good work practices including time keeping, tidiness, responsibility, quality awareness and safety awareness
Note: A person wishing to become an apprentice Agricultural Mechanic must pass a colour–vision test approved by SOLAS.
- Farm Machinery: Carry out manufacturer’s service schedules and diagnose and rectify general faults on ploughs, cultivators, balers, wrappers, harvesters (forage, combine and beet), seed drills, mowers, hedge cutters, vacuum tankers, diet feeders, fertiliser spreaders and sprayers.
- F-gas: Describe the overall aim of Regulation No. 842/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 of May 2006 in relation to the air conditioning systems of automotive vehicles (MACs). List the dangers to personal health and related safety regulations related to the refrigerant gas contained in mobile air conditioning (MAC) systems. Describe the location of possible leaks of refrigerant gas from an automotive air con unit.
- Engine/Fuel: Diagnose engine faults. Carry out compression tests. Remove/overhaul cylinder heads. Carry out manufacturer’s service schedule. Remove and refit engine components. Set injection pump and ignition timing.
- Transmission: Remove and fit transmission components. Diagnose faults and overhaul 4-wheel drive steering axles, rear axles, manual and power shift transmissions. Diagnose faults and remove and fit clutches, driveshaft joints, bearings, chains, sprockets, pulleys, belts, bushes, and seals.
- Hydraulic: Carry out manufacturer’s service schedule. Diagnose faults and carry out basic repairs on hydraulic systems and components. Remove and fit components. Carry out pressure and flow tests on the hydraulic system. Make up and fit hydraulic pipes and hoses.
- Electrical/Electronics: Diagnose and rectify faults in electrical circuits using wiring diagrams and multimeter. Diagnose faults in starting and charging systems. Remove and fit components.
- Brakes: Diagnose and rectify faults in mechanical, hydraulic and air braking systems of agricultural tractors and farm machines. Remove and fit basic electrical/ electronic components.
- Steering/Suspension: Diagnose faulty steering system components. Remove and fit components. Overhaul manual type steering box. Carry out steering system adjustments. Diagnose and rectify faults in a tractor front axle suspension system.
- Wheels/Tyres: Remove and fit wheels and tyres. Inflate tyres.
- Cab and Air Conditioning: Diagnose faults in cab and seat suspension systems and fit replacement parts. Disconnect and reconnect air conditioning system when removing engine and/or cab. Remove and fit air conditioning components.
- Metal Work: Make up simple components, and carry out repairs using bench fitting, gas cutting, glazing, soldering, gas welding and MMA and MIG electric welding techniques.
- Farm Machinery: Diagnose and rectify complex faults on farm machines. Calibrate fertiliser distributors, grain drills and sprayers.
- Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC) systems’:Discuss and demonstrate best practice for handling of F-gases storage cylinders, the safe recovery and disposal of F-gas. Perform full servicing of an air conditioning system of an automotive vehicle to include: leak detection, recovery, vacuum and refill.
- Engine/Fuel: Test engine/PTO performance on a dynamometer. Check emissions using smoke meter. Replace diesel injector nozzles. Carry out engine overhaul.
- Transmission: Diagnose faults and overhaul CVT and hydrostatic transmissions.
- Hydraulics: Diagnose faults in and overhaul hydraulic components (pumps, motors, valves, cylinders etc.)
- Electrical/Electronics: Diagnose faults in the electronic systems of tractors and farm machines using electronic test equipment
- Air Conditioning: Diagnose faults in an air conditioning system. Evacuate and recharge air conditioning systems.
- Steering: Diagnose and rectify faults in a hydrostatic steering motor.
- Engine/Fuel: Remove and refit engines. Remove and replace basic components. Bleed fuel systems.
- Transmission: Remove and refit transmissions and associated external components.
- Hydraulics: Remove and refit hydraulic components (pumps, cylinders, motors, hoses etc.).
- Electrical/Electronics: Remove and fit complete electronic components.
- Brakes: Remove and refit brake components. Check brake system for correct operation.
- Steering and Suspension: Diagnose faulty steering system components. Remove and fit components. Carry out steering system adjustments. Diagnose and rectify faults in basic suspension systems.
- Wheels/Tyres: Remove and fit wheels and tyres. Inflate tyres.
- Cab and Air Conditioning: Remove and refit air conditioning components.
- Metal Work: Make up simple components, and carry out repairs using bench fitting, brazing, soldering, gas welding and MIG electric welding techniques.