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Mobile Machine Drivers and Operatives

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About this career


Median salary

New workers start around £12,881.84. Normal pay is £30,554 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £48,962.57.


Subjects achieved a 100% pass rate, including Maths, Further Maths, Physics, English Literature and Spanish.

Daily Tasks

  • Cleans, oils and greases machine and carries out minor repairs.
  • Drives and operates machinery to plough, fertilise, plant, cultivate or harvest crops.
  • Operates tractors, combine harvesters or other farm vehicles, attaches plough, cultivator or other implements and adjusts depth, speed and height to requirements.
  • Directs refilling of machine hopper and repeats operations as necessary.
  • Watches operation and removes any likely obstacle or obstructions.
  • Manipulates levers, pedals and switches to manoeuvre vehicle, regulate angle and height of blades, buckets and hammers and starts conveyor, suction or water spraying system.
  • Fixes any necessary extensions onto machine and loads machine with asphalt, concrete, bitumen, tar, stone chippings or any other required materials.