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


  • 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.

  • Herbicides

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

  • Mechanical tools

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


  • 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.

  • Operate agricultural machinery

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

  • 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.

  • Understand instructions

    Be able to understand oral and written instructions.

  • 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.

  • Harvest cover crops

    Sow or harvest cover crops, such as alfalfa.

  • Implement instructions

    Being able to implement written or oral instructions.

Optional knowledge and skills

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