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Plant Operator (Agriculture, Forestry & Horticulture)

Agriculture and Forest & Horticulture Plant Operators operate plant to sow and harvest crops, clear and cultivate land, move logs, and remove fallen trees. Higher-level operators oversee the workers and equipment necessary to complete these tasks successfully, and they concentrate on improving efficiency, quality, and safety.

Duties and tasks

  • Feed fallen trees into processors
  • Operate other machinery (such as chipping machines) as necessary
  • Operate self-propelled and tractor-drawn plant to harvest, plant, and cultivate crops
  • Perform minor repairs on plant equipment
  • Write work reports and document work completed

 Skills required

  • Ability to work in all types of outdoor environments
  • Experience in the field and on-the-job training is often required
  • Good physical condition for manual labor as necessary
  • No formal education is required
  • Registration or licensing may be required

Working conditions

Plant Operators may work in loud and dirty environments outside. They may be required to work in many different types of weather, even if it is unpleasant. Typical work hours are observed, though plant operators sometimes work in various shifts as well.

Professional associations / Industry information

Manufacturing Skills Australia
Rural Skills Australia

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