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 for 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.


Specializations

Forestry Plant Operator

A forestry plant operator operates vehicles and heavy equipment to fell trees, transport logs and load logs onto trucks.

Forestry Plant Operator

A forestry plant operator operates vehicles and heavy equipment to fell trees, transport logs and load logs onto trucks.

Rural Heavy Vehicle Operator

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

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