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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- Realistic / Conventional
- Realistic / Investigative
- Mechanical tools
Understand machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Types of chemical characteristics of herbicides and their adverse human and environmental effects.
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 skillsirrigate 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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