Mobile machine drivers and operatives n.e.c. > Tractor Driver (Agriculture)
Environment and land | Transport
Tractor drivers operate farm machinery used to plough fields, plant seeds, and spray and harvest crops.
£16,000 Starter - £30,000 Experienced
60 to 62 seasonal (evenings / weekends / bank holidays)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a college courseapplying directly
You could do a Level 2 Award in Tractor Driving and Related Occupations course at an agricultural college. You could also do a Level 2 Award in Safe Working in Agriculture and Production Horticulture.
You'll usually need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a Level 2 course.
There are no set entry requirements if you want to apply directly but experience in farming or dairying could be useful. A knowledge of basic mechanics might also be helpful.
You may need a plant card to operate some machinery.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- the ability to work on your own
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- physical skills like movement, coordination and dexterity
- knowledge of food production methods
- concentration skills
- analytical thinking skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll do
- discuss work schedules with the farm manager
- carry out equipment and machinery checks
- input instructions into the cab’s control panels
- plough fields and sow seeds
- spray crops with fertilisers and pesticides
- harvest vegetable, cereal and non-food crops
- use baling machines to bind crops and hay ready for storage
- maintain hedges and roadside verges with tractor cutting attachments
- carry out basic maintenance and repairs
You could work on a farm.
Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers, cramped, noisy, physically demanding and dusty.
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
Career path and progression
You can take further training to operate a wider range of machinery, which will increase your job prospects.
There are opportunities to work as a tractor driver in other sectors, for example construction or in local government working in the maintenance of outdoor spaces.
With experience, you could become a supervisor, an agricultural contractor, machinery engineer or farm manager.