MEET THE PRO: Jacob Herrin, Agriculture Technician

By Arkansas NEXT on Friday, September 25, 2020

Jacob Herrin

Hometown: Pangburn
Age: 20
Where I trained: John Deere Tech Program at Arkansas State University–Beebe  and internship, and on-the-job training with Greenway Equipment
What I earned: Associate degree in Agriculture Equipment Technology
Job title: Diesel Agriculture Technician
Employer: Greenway Equipment in Kensett

After growing up visiting his dad at work, Jacob Herrin decided he — like his dad — wanted to pursue a career as a diesel technician. He was the only one of his friends interested in pursuing a trade, peers often tried to persuade him to consider traditional options. However, Jacob knew this was what he wanted to do. As an agriculture technician, he spends most of his time traveling to clients and helping them with their equipment. Jacob says he enjoys the challenge of diagnosing the problem and then finding a solution.

In this career, Jacob earns benefits such as health and life insurance, and a 401(k), and while he appreciates these benefits, Jacob relishes the opportunity he has to grow at Greenway even more. Jacob says he sees people start and work their way up to more career opportunities.

What does an agriculture technician do?

An agriculture technician goes out on service calls and repairs farm/ranch equipment while assisting agriculture scientists. They go through technical manual procedure steps to find problems and solve them. There is a focus on mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems.


Perform diagnostics and repairs on farm/agricultural vehicles, machines and equipment

Develop a thorough understanding of all technological offerings

Be accountable for billable time as well as thoroughly documenting what diagnostics need to be run and what repairs that have been made

Participate in training programs required to develop and advance skills and knowledge

Follow all safety rules and regulations while performing work assignments

Education Needed

An associate degree and/or on-the-job training

Job Outlook

expected growth from 2021 to 2026 in Arkansas

annual projected job openings in Arkansas

 High-end earners in Arkansas (top 10%) make 
$60,230 Annually
 Median wages in Arkansas 
$40,460 Annually
$19.45 Hourly

This option is for you if:

You enjoy science.
You’re a strong reader.
You notice potential problems before others.
You’re a critical thinker.
You prefer working outside, rather than behind a desk.


Greenway Equipment
Stribling Equipment
Arkansas State University - Beebe


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Tyson Foods

"I have always wanted to be a diesel tech; my dad was a diesel tech. I was able to watch my dad start from the bottom and work his way up. I know in this can move to the top and be a leader." –Jacob

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and

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