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Become A Tractor Operator

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Working As A Tractor Operator

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $25,040

    Average Salary

What Does A Tractor Operator Do At Pride Industries

* Operates a tractor to move materials, draw implements, tow trailers, and pull objects embedded in ground;
* Pull cable of winch to raise, lower, or load heavy material or equipment;
* Fasten attachments such as graders, plows, rollers, mowers, backhoes, seeders or disc harrows to tractor;
* Monitors and reviews equipment, structures, materials, events, and environment to detect and assess problems.
* Identifies the cause and evaluates options for the best solution;
* Adheres to procedures, regulations and guidelines while minimizing errors and safety risks;
* May lubricate and make minor repairs to tractor and attachments;
* Inspects tractors and equipment per company requirements to ensure proper operation and safe condition;
* Where required, also performs grounds maintenance laborer duties;
* Performs other duties and special projects as assigned

What Does A Tractor Operator Do At U.S. Marine Corps

* Performs grounds maintenance work, such as mowing, weeding, brush clearing, watering, pruning, and trimming according to instructions.
* Uses and maintains a variety of hand and power operated garden tools and equipment, such as seeders, spreaders, edgers, hedge trimmers, pruning shears, sprayers, spades, hoes, rakes, and mowers (including tractors, flail, rotary type mowers), chippers and arm cutters.
* Drives one or more types of light trucks that typically have a gross vehicle weight of up to 10,000 pounds, such as pickup trucks, panel trucks, flatbed trucks, carryalls, and sedans to transport materials and equipment.
* Recognizes developing hazardous road and traffic conditions and selects alternate routes to avoid potential problems.
* Utilized safety practices and procedures following established safety rules and regulations and maintains a safe and clean work environment.
* Travel Required
* Not required
* Supervisory status
* No
* Promotion Potential
* Who May Apply
* This job is open to…
* Permanent Competitive Service Internal Employees within UIC 00318
* Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
* Job family (Series)
* Tractor Operating
* Similar jobs
* Operators, Tractor
* Tractor Operators
* Requirements
* Help
* Requirements
* Conditions of Employment
* Must be a US Citizen.
* Males must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. www.sss.gov
* Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
* Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
* May be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period

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How To Become A Tractor Operator

Agricultural workers typically receive on-the-job training. A high school diploma is not needed for most jobs as an agricultural worker; however, a high school diploma typically is needed for animal breeders.

Education and Training

Most agricultural workers do not need a high school diploma; however, a high school diploma typically is needed for animal breeders. Some jobs as an animal breeder may require some postsecondary education.

Agricultural workers typically receive some short-term on-the-job training. Employers instruct them on how to use simple farming tools and more complex machinery while following appropriate safety procedures. More experienced workers also are expected to perform routine maintenance on the tools they use.

Important Qualities

Dexterity. Agricultural workers need excellent hand–eye coordination to harvest crops and operate farm machinery.

Listening skills. Agricultural workers need to work well with others. Because they take instructions from farmers and other agricultural managers, effective listening is critical.

Physical stamina. Agricultural workers need to be able to perform laborious tasks repeatedly.

Physical strength. Agricultural workers must be strong enough to lift heavy objects, including tools and crops.

Mechanical skills. Agricultural workers must be able to operate complex farm machinery. They also occasionally do routine maintenance on the machinery.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Animal breeders sometimes need previous work experience interacting with livestock. Ranch workers may transition into animal breeding after they become more familiar with animals and learn how to handle them.


Agricultural workers may advance to crew leader or other supervisory positions. The ability to speak both English and Spanish is helpful for agricultural supervisors.

Some agricultural workers aspire to become farmers, ranchers, or agricultural managers or to own their own farms and ranches. Knowledge of produce and livestock may provide an excellent background for becoming buyers or purchasing agents of farm products. Those who earn a college degree in agricultural science could become agricultural or food scientists.

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Real Tractor Operator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Industrial, Truck, and Tractor Operators Kloss Company NJ Dec 08, 2010 $38,776
Landscape Tractor Operator Growers Custom Spreading Thermal, CA Mar 24, 2010 $37,357
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators Bronx River Haulage, Inc. Vernon, NY Jan 25, 2012 $35,922
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators Connecticut Precast Corporation Monroe, CT Mar 20, 2014 $35,818
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operator M. A. Patout & Son, Ltd. Jeanerette, LA Oct 01, 2015 $35,625
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operator County Concrete Corp Kenvil, NJ May 14, 2009 $33,538
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operator M.A. Patout & Son, Ltd. LA Oct 01, 2014 $33,204
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators Park Avenue Building and Roofing Suplies, LLC New York, NY Sep 14, 2009 $32,223
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators Milford Tile, Inc. New York, NY May 27, 2008 $32,223
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators Ernest Maier, Inc. Bladensburg, MD Feb 19, 2010 $27,319

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Top Skills for A Tractor Operator


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Top Tractor Operator Skills

  1. Farm Tractor
  2. Safety
  3. Heavy Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operated a variety of engineering equipment such as agricultural and farm tractors with attachments.
  • Conduct staff meetings to relay general information or to address specific topics, such as safety.
  • Work also involves lifting heavy equipment attachments when connecting them to the tractor.
  • Operated John Deere 5055 D and E'S with high pressure spray rigs attachments.
  • Attach farm implements such as plows, discs, sprayers, or harvesters to tractors, using bolts and hand tools.

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