Tractor and Agricultural Machinery Mechanic

OFO No: 653308

What is a Tractor Mechanic?

A Tractor Mechanic inspects, tests, maintains, services and repairs tractors or other large machinery.

What does a Tractor Mechanic do?

  • inspects tractors and looks for faults, broken parts etc
  • takes engines apart
  • problem solves
  • repairs or replaces broken or worn parts
  • oils and greases parts
  • maintains service records

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in large machinery/ vehicles?
  • interested in mechanics?
  • good with your hands?
  • methodical?
  • responsible and reliable?
  • safety conscious?

How do I become a Tractor Mechanic?


  • Apprenticeship
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Mechanical Engineering (Fitting & Machining) (Fitter and Turner) NQF Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Welding Practice (All Positions: Mechanical Engineering) NQF Level 2 & 3
  • Learnership – Welding Application and Practice (All metals in all positions: Mechanical Welder) NQF Level 4
  • Trade Test


  • National Certificate: IC: Motor, Diesel and Tractor Mechanics – N1, N2 and N3
  • Workplace experience
  • Trade Test


  • Artisan Internship
  • Trade Test


  • RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) for Artisans: CLICK HERE
  • If you have already been working a long time as a Tractor Mechanic without qualifications, you may be able to get your qualification through RPL
  • Trade Test


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Aircraft Mechanic … or … Industrial Machinery Mechanic

Is becoming a Tractor Mechanic the right career choice for me?