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Cody Burnsed

Turf Equipment Technician job

By Cody Burnsed,

Hello, my name is Cody Burnsed. Thank you for taking the time to look at my qualifications. My wife and I are currently living in North Florida but are actively seeking the opportunity to leave the state. We thrive in rural areas and enjoy the outdoors. While I understand that most courses are in larger cities, we prefer the small-town feel. We are keeping an open mind as to where the Lord might lead us and considering all options.

I am a Christian and, while I don’t push my faith on anyone, I would like to work in an environment where my beliefs are respected. I want to be an active member of a team where coworkers are not afraid to come to me for help when they need it.

I am a graduate of the Florida Gateway College/Lake City Community College Turf Equipment Technology Program.

I previously worked for a John Deere dealership where I was able to greatly improve my mechanical knowledge. However, due to circumstances beyond my control, I left the company in August, 2018. I have a larger collection of tools and a personal toolbox that I would be willing to bring with me. 

Though I enjoyed many aspects of my time with the John Deere dealership, I want to return to a career on a golf course so that I may best use my skills and education. I have missed being able to work in a shop and to help on the course when needed.

I do prefer 18-hole courses rather than the larger multi course facilities, but I am remaining open to all possibilities.

I am a big advocate of quality-of-cut and checking over each unit daily prior to its next use, if possible. This, I have learned, was a proven method used by Tom Alex at Grand Cypress Resort to maximize course appearance and minimize unnecessary equipment failure.

Again, thank you for your time.

"Date available can be discussed"



August 1995 – May 2008                Home schooled                   Hawthorne, FL

Graduated with emphasis in mathematics and mechanics.

 Courses include:

 -Diesel Mechanics

-Algebra                                                             -English                                                                                 

-Consumer math                                              -General Science (honors)                                                                              

-History                                                              -Physical Science (honors)

-Music theory                                                    -QuickBooks Pro


February 2010 – June 2010   National Training Inc.       Orange Park, FL

Graduated with Heavy Equipment Operators Certificate.

Courses Include:

-Lubrication & Pre-operation                          -Basic controls

-Land Clearing & Leveling                                -Preventative Maintenance

-Laser Technology                                              -Bulldozer

-Excavator                                                            -Skid Steer

-Articulated loader                                              -Backhoe


August 2009 – July 2011    Florida Gateway College/LCCC    Lake City, FL

 Applied Technology Diploma in Turf Equipment Technology.

Courses include:

-Mechanics                                                          -Diagnostics

-Welding                                                              -Sharpening and Grinding

-Management                                                     -Management II

-Mechanics II                                                     -Diagnostics II

-Reel Adjustment                                              -Computers in golf course management

May – 2011   International Golf Course Equipment Managers Association

 Certified as an Assistant Technician.


·         Basic welding skills

·         Reel grinding knowledge

·         Bed knife grinding knowledge.

·         Strong emphasis in quality of cut.

·         Strong mechanical skills, preventative maintenance, servicing

·         Electrical testing skills, charging system, starter system, battery tests.

·         Electrical wiring skills.

·         Working knowledge of two-stroke and four-stroke engines

·         Working knowledge of diesel engines

·         Experience with small diesel rebuilds

·         Experience with small engine rebuilds (4 stroke and 2 stroke)

·         Extensive experience in small engines

·         Mid – Compact tractor service and repairs

·         Parts look up and ording

·         General facility maintenance and cleaning

·         Strong organization skills

·         Computer skills (Word, Excel, Web, Ect.)

·         Shop management skills

·         Familiar with Toro, Jacobsen and John Deere Equipment

·         Familiar with Club Cars, Gators, and Pro Gators

·         Familiar with Kohler, Kawasaki, Briggs  & Stratton, Honda, Stihl and Yanmar engines

·         Familiar with 5-gang ground units, Fairway units, Greens mowers, and Rotary mowers.

·         Fabrication skills

·         Back lapping

·         Checking and setting height of cut on reel units

·         Checking and setting reel to bedknife contact

·         Documentation and record keeping

·         Mowing greens with tri-plex units

·         Mowing greens with walk mowers

·         Mowing rough

·         Trenching

·         Operating most golf course equipment

·         Operating Front loader

·         Operating backhoe

·         Operating tractors

·         Operating skid steers

·         Operating fork lift


Work History

Aug 2018 – March 2018      Self-Employed/Ecommerce

 Selling mostly used Snap-On and Matco tools and some small engine parts.


May 2014 – Aug 2018        HoBo Tractor Co. (John Deere Dealer)           Lake City, FL

 Small Engine Technician;   Responsible for repairs and service of all diesel and gas equipment 40HP under that comes into the shop. This includes service and repairs on mid size tractors to compact tractors, service and repairs on commercial lawn equipment, service and repairs on residential lawn equipment, service and repairs on Gator utility vehicles. Rebuilding small diesel engine, rebuilding small gas engines, driveline repairs, steering repairs, leveling mowing decks, repairing leaks. Troubleshooting and diagnosing electrical issues using diagrams and electrical servicing tools. Using John Deere Service Advisor and communicating with John Deere DTAC solutions center for proper diagnostics and repairs. Installing new accessories such as radios, front end loaders, winches, guards, roofs, baggers, ect. on new equipment and tractors. Completing pre-delivery inspections on new equipment. Assisting the shop manager with daily customer relations and record keeping. Completing housekeeping duties to maintain a clean shop environment. Using John Deere Parts Advisor to look up parts for repairs. Assist in parts department as needed. Service and light duty repairs on larger agricultural equipment.


April 2013 – May 2014         Gainesville Golf & Country Club        Gainesville, FL

 Equipment Technician; Maintain and repair all equipment used on the golf course such as, fairway mowers, greens mowers, rotary mowers, tractors, 2-stroke engines, 4-stroke engines, small diesel engines, sharpen blades, grind reels and bedknives, preventative maintenance, checking height of cut, checking reel to bedknife contact, maintaining a consistent quality of cut. Also help out on course when needed, cutting cups, raking bunkers, setting tee markers, mowing greens, brushing greens, aerifying greens, course clean-up.  


 Oct. 2012 – Nov. 2012              Future Horizons Inc.               Hastings, FL  

 Aquatic Management Trainee; Assist spray techs with spraying herbicides in ponds, lakes and ditches to control plant and algae growth. Assisted with fountain repairs.


Jan 2012 – Sept 2012    Two-Fold Water Engineering      Melrose, FL

 Lineman; Maintain and repair city water lines, read meters, assist water and wastewater treatment operators, test backflow preventers, lake water sampling, repair chlorination pumps, facility maintenance.


 May 2011 – July 2011         Grand Cypress Resort           Orlando, FL

 Equipment mechanic/Intern; Maintained and repaired all equipment used on the golf courses. Check height of cut and reel to bedknife contact for quality of cut daily, performed preventative maintenance, performed any repairs assigned to me by the equipment manager.


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