Tyler Townsend

Hansen Orchards, TAS

HILA Employment Category: Machinery Supervisor

Hansen Orchards in southern Tasmania is a vertically integrated horticultural business growing, packing and marketing cherries and apples. As Assistant Manager / Machinery Supervisor, Tyler Townsend helps produce 3,000 bins of apples and approximately 1,000 tonnes of cherries each year. His job role is quite varied and sees him operate and maintain a wide-range of machinery including excavators, tractors, forklifts and sprayers. Tyler is responsible for netting, spraying, fixing roads, ground maintenance, and pruning in and around the orchard.

Core tasks

  • Perform machinery maintenance.
  • Operate machinery and equipment.
  • Supervises and coordinates employees who operate machines.
  • Prepares work schedules, assigns work and oversees the work.
  • Ensures machine operation is done correctly.
  • Monitors and evaluates production records and reports.

Study pathways

  • Production Horticulture Machinery Skill Set – AQHCSS00065
  • Course in Safe Use of Machinery for Technology Teaching – 22454VIC
  • Leading Hand/ Supervisor – MSM00013
  • Workplace supervisor – TAESS00006

Training Recommended

  • Driver’s licence
  • Forklift licence