How to become a Rural Heavy Vehicle Operator

Rural heavy vehicle operators operate horticultural and agricultural machinery to clear and cultivate land and sow and harvest crops.

Personal requirements of a Rural Heavy Vehicle Operator

  • Interested in practical and manual work
  • mechanical aptitude
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • no skin allergies
  • able to work with oils, greases and petrol.

Duties & Tasks of a Rural Heavy Vehicle Operator

Rural heavy vehicle operators may perform the following tasks:

  • operate tractor-drawn or self-propelled machinery to plough land and fertilise, plant, cultivate and harvest crops
  • adjust speed, height or depth of implements
  • check safety conditions and avoid damage to plants
  • service and maintain machinery.

Working conditions for a Rural Heavy Vehicle Operator

Rural heavy vehicle operators often spend all day outdoors, climbing up and down from air-conditioned vehicles into the hot sun or cold. During summer or harvest time, long days (12 hours or more) are usual.

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