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Farm Equipment Mechanics

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Many people who go into farm equipment work have grown up with mechanical repair—they have experimented with repairing lawn mowers, old cars, and other machinery, and they have used a lot of farm equipment. If you do not live on a farm, you may be able to find part-time or summer work on a farm. You can also get valuable mechanical experience working at a gasoline service station that has a repair department, automobile repair shop, or automotive supply house. Attending farm shows is a good way to learn about farm equipment and manufacturers. At shows, you may have the opportunity to talk to equipment manufacturers' representatives and learn more about new developments in the industry. In addition, consider joining a chapter of the National FFA Organization. This organization is open to students aged 12 to 21 enrolled in agricultural programs and offers a wide variety of activities, including career-development programs.

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