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


  • Herbicides

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

  • 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.

  • Road traffic laws

    Understand road traffic laws and the rules of the road.

  • Mechanical tools

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

  • Pesticides

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


  • Work in a land-based team

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

  • Handle chemical products for soil and plants

    Handle 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.

  • Harvest crop

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

  • Identify plants characteristics

    Identify and classify crop characteristics. Be able to recognise different types of bulbs by name, graded sizes, field markings and stock markings.

  • Spread fertiliser

    Spread fertiliser solutions to enhance plant growth.

  • Tow a tractor implement using the power take-off

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

  • Harvest cover crops

    Sow or harvest cover crops, such as alfalfa.

  • Understand instructions

    Be able to understand oral and written 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

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

Source: Sisyphus ODB