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Agricultural Equipment Operator

in St. Joseph County, MI

Job Description

This job requires a niminum of 12 months of verifiable prior ecxperience performing duties associated with operating perfoming routine mainmtenance on GPS  equipped potato farming equipment and/or 12 months of verifiable experience repairing and maintaing electrical systems and harware of pivots. Applicanst must be able to furnish verifiable job references(s) or comparable third party documentation from recent employer(s) establishing acceptable prior experience.

Driving tractors, sprayers and planters, will plant, spray, cultivate, and harvest potatoes. Workers will drive and operate one or more GPS equipped farm machines, such as tractors, sprayers, Bottom Switch plows. Grimme planters, Windrowers, line equipment with holding tanks, dry brushers, grading tables, harvesters, pumps, tilling equipment, trucks, holding tanks, case-loaders, pivots, pilers, windrowers, Dammer Dykes (cultivators) and other mechanized, electrically powered or motor-driven equipment. On farms or in farm equipment repair shops. Workers will operate farm machinery, equipment, and vehicles. Workers will be instructed in the safety and operation of the equipment before driving the equipment. Workers will be expected to be able to operate equipment, with or without direction, in a manner that protects the operator, visitors, orther employees, crops, trees, facilities and equipment. Failure to comply with operating and safety standards may result in termination. This is a very demanding and competitive business in which quality specifications must be rigorously adhered to. The equipment workers will be operating and maintaining is expensive and dangerous. Workers are expected to follow the employers requests to not only prevent damage to the equipment but to also prevent injuries to workers. Any equipment dfamaged by a workers failure to follow instructions or damaged due to malice will be charged to the worker.

Workers may hitch soil conditioning implements, such as plow or harrow to tractor, and operate tractor and towed implements to furrow and grade soil. Workers will drive tractors and operate designated towed machines, such as a drill or manure spreader to plant, fertilize, dust and spray crops. Prepares harvesting machine by adjusting speeds of cutters, blowers and conveyors and height of cutting head or depth of digging blades according to type, height, weight, and condition of crop being harvested and contour of terrain. Attaches towed or mounted-type harvesting machine to tractor using hand tools or drives self-propelled harvesting machine to cut, pull up, dig, thresh, clean, chop, bag or bundle crops.

Workers will perform irrigation activities, including settin up and moving irrigation pipes and equipment.

Worker who perform spraying must complete all Worker Protection Standard training necessary to comply with national requlations regarding the safe application of pesticides. After completin of the WPS training, or under the supervision of a certified pesticide applicator, workers will mix and apply pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers or other crop enhancing/protecting sprays as deemed necessary by management.

While the workers main duties are associated with operation of the potato growing equipment, workers will also be required to perform routine maintenance on teh equipment as well. Examines and listen to machines, motors, gasoline and diesel engines and equipment for operational defects and dismantles defective ;units, using hand-tools. Repairs or replaces defective parts, using hand tools and shop tools. Workers will replace components, such as carburetors, fuel pumps, generators, ignition points and spark plugs. Reassembles,  adjust and lubricates machines and equiipment to ensure efficient operation. May install and repair wiring and motors to maintain farm electrical system.

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Job Posting: 11509668

Posted On: May 25, 2021

Updated On: May 25, 2021