Incumbent operates a field-type tractor with attached and towed equipment. Plans the order in which work is to be accomplished; transports materials and equipment; and digs, loads, plants, clears,mows and dispenses liquid and solid materials.
May operate under different conditions, such as mud, snow, and areas where trees and shrubs present operational hazards. Performs minor maintenance on field-type tractors and attached and towed equipment.
Makes multiple connections between the tractor and attached or towed equipment. Adjusts the equipment for job requirements such as setting the height of mower blades, depth of plow blades, and the rate of application of sprayer attachments.Performs other duties as assigned.
SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:
Must have knowledge of tractor and equipment operating characteristics such as tractor gears, power ratios, braking and turning capacities, and equipment power requirements, capacities and operating speeds. Must be able to manipulate the tractor and equipment controls at the same time.
Performs the work according to established methods or special instructions. Makes difficult judgements concerning tractor operations; selects power settings, gears, and the order in which the work is to be accomplished. Is responsible for operating in a safe manner at the work site and while in transit to/from the work site. Responsible for operator maintenance on tractors and equipment such as checking and replenishing fluids to proper levels, examining and changing filters, changing and sharpening blades, lubricating equipment, and making necessary adjustments.
Frequently requires continuing arm and leg movements to operate tractor controls and manipulate equipment controls. Often lifts and handles heavy equipment attachments when connecting them to the tractor. Lifts materials such as bags of fertilizer and seed weighing up to 100 pounds.
Work is usually performed out-side. Operator is usually exposed to long periods of hot sun, dust, and bad weather. Cuts and bruises may result from flying objects and branches hitting the operator. Serious injury may result from getting caught in operating equipment or from collisions with automobiles when operating on or near public roads. May be required to wear protective equipment.
Applicant must be physically capable of lifting supplies and materials up to 100 pounds; frequent arm and leg movements to operate tractor controls, and exposure to pollen and chemical fumes, weather extremes, and possible cuts and bruises.