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Agricultural Equipment Operators - 45-2091.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Drive and control equipment to support agricultural activities such as tilling soil; planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops; feeding and herding livestock; or removing animal waste. May perform tasks such as crop baling or hay bucking. May operate stationary equipment to perform post-harvest tasks such as husking, shelling, threshing, and ginning.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Baler Operator
  • Cutter Operator
  • Equipment Operator
  • Farm Equipment Operator
  • Hay Baler
  • Loader Operator
  • Packing Tractor Machine Operator
  • Rake Operator
  • Sprayer
  • Windrower Operator

SOC Occupation Groups

45-0000 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations
45-2000 Agricultural Workers
45-2090 Miscellaneous Agricultural Workers
45-2091.00 Agricultural Equipment Operators

Related Occupations


  • Adjust, repair, and service farm machinery and notify supervisors when machinery malfunctions.
  • Attach farm implements such as plows, discs, sprayers, or harvesters to tractors, using bolts and hand tools.
  • Direct and monitor the activities of work crews engaged in planting, weeding, or harvesting activities.
  • Drive trucks to haul crops, supplies, tools, or farm workers.
  • Guide products on conveyors to regulate flow through machines, and to discard diseased or rotten products.
  • Irrigate soil, using portable pipes or ditch systems, and maintain ditches or pipes and pumps.
  • Load and unload crops or containers of materials, manually or using conveyors, handtrucks, forklifts, or transfer augers.
  • Load hoppers, containers, or conveyors to feed machines with products, using forklifts, transfer augers, suction gates, shovels, or pitchforks.
  • Manipulate controls to set, activate, and adjust mechanisms on machinery.
  • Mix specified materials or chemicals, and dump solutions, powders, or seeds into planter or sprayer machinery.
  • Observe and listen to machinery operation to detect equipment malfunctions.
  • Operate or tend equipment used in agricultural production, such as tractors, combines, and irrigation equipment.
  • Operate towed machines such as seed drills or manure spreaders to plant, fertilize, dust, and spray crops.
  • Position boxes or attach bags at discharge ends of machinery to catch products, removing and closing full containers.
  • Spray fertilizer or pesticide solutions to control insects, fungus and weed growth, and diseases, using hand sprayers.
  • Walk beside or ride on planting machines while inserting plants in planter mechanisms at specified intervals.
  • Weigh crop-filled containers, and record weights and other identifying information.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply chemical solutions to plants to protect against disease or insects or to enhance growth.
  • Attach equipment extensions or accessories.
  • Confer with managers to make operational decisions.
  • Direct activities of agricultural, forestry, or fishery employees.
  • Inspect equipment or facilities to determine condition or maintenance needs.
  • Load agricultural or forestry products for shipment.
  • Load materials into equipment for processing.
  • Maintain forestry, hunting, or agricultural equipment.
  • Measure physical characteristics of forestry or agricultural products.
  • Operate conveyors or other industrial material moving equipment.
  • Operate farming equipment.
  • Operate irrigation systems.
  • Plant crops, trees, or other plants.
  • Prepare materials or solutions for animal or plant use.
  • Record agricultural or forestry inventory data.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Crane Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Engineer Equipment Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Horizontal Construction Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Farm Worker, General I

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Farm-Machine Operator
  • Farm-Machine Tender
  • Farmworker, Bulbs
  • Farmworker, Diversified Crops I
  • Farmworker, Field Crop I
  • Farmworker, Fruit I
  • Farmworker, General I
  • Farmworker, Grain I
  • Farmworker, Machine
  • Farmworker, Rice
  • Farmworker, Vegetable I
  • Field Hauler
  • Ginner
  • Growth-Media Mixer, Mushroom
  • Seed-Potato Arranger
  • Thresher, Broomcorn