Profession land-based machinery operator

Land-based machinery operators operate specialised equipment and machinery for agricultural production and maintenance of landscape.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Mechanical tools

    Understand machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • Herbicides

    Types of chemical characteristics of herbicides and their adverse human and environmental effects.

  • Pesticides

    Types of chemical characteristics of pesticides and their adverse human and environmental effects.

  • Road traffic laws

    Understand road traffic laws and the rules of the road.

  • Plant disease control

    Types and features of diseases in plants and crops. Different kinds control methods, activities using conventional or biological methods taking into account the type of plant or crop, environmental and climate conditions and health and safety regulations. Storage and handling of products.


  • Understand instructions

    Be able to understand oral and written instructions.

  • Harvest cover crops

    Sow or harvest cover crops, such as alfalfa.

  • Spread fertiliser

    Spread fertiliser solutions to enhance plant growth.

  • Work in a land-based team

    Collaborate with others in a team for land-based machinery activities regarding services for agricultural production and landscaping.

  • Harvest crop

    Mow, pick or cut agricultural products manually or using appropriate tools and machinery. Taking into account the relevant quality criteria of products, hygiene prescriptions and using the appropriate methods.

  • Tow a tractor implement using the power take-off

    Tow an implement to tractors equipped with power take-off.

  • Identify plants characteristics

    Identify crop characteristics. Identify fruit or vegetable or crops ready for harvest. Grade, classify, or sort products according to specifications. Be able to recognise different types of bulbs by name, graded sizes, field markings and stock markings.

  • Handling chemical products for soil and plants

    Handling chemical products for soil and plants includes cleaning the equipment used for spreading and spraying, mixing of chemicals, preparing pesticides and herbicides for spraying, preparing fertilisers for spreading.

  • Implement instructions

    Being able to implement written or oral instructions.

  • Operate agricultural machinery

    Operate motorised agricultural equipment including tractors, balers, sprayers, ploughs, mowers, combines, earthmoving equipment, trucks, and irrigation equipment.

Optional knowledge and skills

irrigate soil apply precision farming conform to health and safety regulations fertilisation principles use a computer maintain mechanical equipment perform loading and unloading operations operate gps systems unload equipment environmental policy operate landscaping equipment agronomy create solutions to problems fertiliser products load equipment use different communication channels communicate with customers address problems critically prepare equipment for harvest make independent operating decisions variety of botanicals

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