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Working As An Industrial Machinery Mechanic

  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $47,144

    Average Salary

What Does An Industrial Machinery Mechanic Do

Industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery, such as conveying systems, production machinery, and packaging equipment. Millwrights install, dismantle, repair, reassemble, and move machinery in factories, power plants, and construction sites.

Duties

Industrial machinery mechanics typically do the following:

  • Read technical manuals to understand equipment and controls
  • Disassemble machinery and equipment when there is a problem
  • Repair or replace broken or malfunctioning components
  • Perform tests and run initial batches to make sure that the machine is running smoothly
  • Adjust and calibrate equipment and machinery to optimal specifications

Machinery maintenance workers typically do the following:

  • Detect minor problems by performing basic diagnostic tests
  • Clean and lubricate equipment or machinery
  • Check the performance of machinery
  • Test malfunctioning machinery to determine whether major repairs are needed
  • Adjust equipment and reset or calibrate sensors and controls

Millwrights typically do the following:

  • Install or repair machinery and equipment
  • Adjust and align machine parts
  • Replace defective parts of machinery as needed
  • Take apart existing machinery to clear floor space for new machinery
  • Move machinery and equipment

Industrial machinery mechanics, also called maintenance machinists, keep machines in good working order. To do this task, they must be able to detect and correct errors before the machine or the products it produces are damaged. Industrial machinery mechanics use technical manuals, their understanding of industrial equipment, and careful observation to determine the cause of a problem. For example, after hearing a vibration from a machine, they must decide whether it is the result of worn belts, weak motor bearings, or some other problem. These mechanics often need years of training and experience to be able to diagnose all of the problems they find in their work. They may use computerized diagnostic systems and vibration analysis techniques to help figure out the source of problems. Examples of machines they may work with are robotic welding arms, automobile assembly line conveyor belts, and hydraulic lifts.

After diagnosing a problem, the industrial machinery mechanic may take the equipment apart to repair or replace the necessary parts. Mechanics use their knowledge of electronics and computer programming to repair sophisticated equipment. Once a repair is made, mechanics test a machine to ensure that it is running smoothly. Industrial machinery mechanics also do preventive maintenance.

In addition to working with hand tools, mechanics commonly use lathes, grinders, or drill presses. Many also are required to weld.

Machinery maintenance workers do basic maintenance and repairs on machines. They clean and lubricate machinery, perform basic diagnostic tests, check the performance of the machine, and test damaged machine parts to determine whether major repairs are necessary.

Machinery maintenance workers must follow machine specifications and adhere to maintenance schedules. They perform minor repairs, generally leaving major repairs to machinery mechanics.

All maintenance workers use a variety of tools to do repairs and preventive maintenance. For example, they may use a screwdriver or socket wrenches to adjust a motor’s alignment, or they might use a hoist to lift a heavy printing press off the ground.

Millwrights install, maintain, and disassemble industrial machines. Putting together a machine can take a few days or several weeks.

Millwrights perform repairs that include replacing worn or defective parts of machines. Millwrights also may be involved in taking apart the entire machine, a common situation when a manufacturing plant needs to clear floor space for new machinery. In taking apart a machine, each part of the machine must be carefully disassembled, categorized, and packaged.

Millwrights use a variety of hand tools, such as hammers and levels, as well as equipment for welding, brazing, and cutting. They also use measuring tools, such as micrometers, measuring tapes, lasers, and other precision-measuring devices. On large projects, they commonly use cranes and trucks. When millwrights and managers determine the best place for a machine, millwrights use forklifts, hoists, winches, cranes, and other equipment to bring the parts to the desired location.

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How To Become An Industrial Machinery Mechanic

Industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights typically need a high school diploma. However, industrial machinery mechanics need a year or more of training after high school, whereas machinery maintenance workers typically receive on-the-job training that lasts a few months to a year.

Most millwrights go through an apprenticeship program that lasts about 4 years. Programs are usually a combination of technical instruction and on-the-job training. Others learn their trade through a 2-year associate’s degree program in industrial maintenance.

Education

Employers of industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights generally require them to have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers prefer to hire workers who have taken high school or postsecondary courses in mechanical drawing, mathematics, blueprint reading, computer programming, and electronics. Some mechanics and millwrights complete a 2-year associate’s degree program in industrial maintenance.

Training

Industrial machinery mechanics may receive more than a year of on-the-job training, while machinery maintenance workers typically receive training that lasts a few months to a year. Industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers learn how to perform routine tasks, such as setting up, cleaning, lubricating, and starting machinery. They may also be instructed in subjects such as shop mathematics, blueprint reading, proper hand tools use, welding, electronics, and computer programming. This training may be offered on the job by professional trainers hired by the employer or by representatives of equipment manufacturers.

Most millwrights learn their trade through a 3- or 4-year apprenticeship. For each year of the program, apprentices must have at least 144 hours of relevant technical instruction and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. On the job, apprentices learn to set up, clean, lubricate, repair, and start machinery. During technical instruction, they are taught welding, mathematics, how to read blueprints, how to use electronic and pneumatic devices, and how to use grease and fluid properly. Many also receive computer training. 

After completing an apprenticeship program, millwrights are considered fully qualified and can usually perform tasks with less guidance. 

Employers, local unions, contractor associations, and the state labor department often sponsor apprenticeship programs. The basic qualifications for entering an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Physically able to do the work
Important Qualities

Manual dexterity. When handling very small parts, workers must have a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination.

Mechanical skills. Industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights use technical manuals and sophisticated diagnostic equipment to figure out why machines are not working. Workers must be able to reassemble large, complex machines after finishing a repair.

Troubleshooting skills. Industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights must observe, diagnose, and fix problems that a machine may be having.

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Industrial Machinery Mechanic Demographics

Gender

Male

98.4%

Female

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Black or African American

14.4%

Unknown

4.4%

Asian

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Industrial Machinery Mechanic Education

Schools

Greenville Technical College

10.0%

Sandhills Community College

10.0%

Sowela Technical Community College

5.0%

ITT Technical Institute-Merrillville

5.0%

ECPI University

5.0%

Stanly Community College

5.0%

Northland Pioneer College

5.0%

College of Southern Idaho

5.0%

University of West Georgia

5.0%

Western Nebraska Community College

5.0%

New England Institute of Technology

5.0%

Western Technical College

5.0%

Moultrie Technical College

5.0%

The Academy

5.0%

El Paso Community College

5.0%

Inter American University of Puerto Rico Aguadilla

5.0%

Withlacoochee Technical Institute

5.0%

South Georgia Technical College

5.0%
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Majors

Industrial Technology

15.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

15.4%

Aviation

7.7%

Electrical Engineering

7.7%

Human Resources Management

7.7%

Computer Information Systems

7.7%

Precision Metal Working

7.7%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

3.8%

Nursing

3.8%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

3.8%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

3.8%

Computer Technical Support

3.8%

Engineering

3.8%

Accounting

3.8%

Automotive Technology

3.8%
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Degrees

Other

53.8%

Associate

19.2%

Diploma

11.5%

Certificate

7.7%

License

3.8%

Bachelors

3.8%
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Real Industrial Machinery Mechanic Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Industrial Machinery Mechanics Graphics International, LLC Charlotte, NC Sep 18, 2012 $80,000
Industrial Machinery Mechanics Bobst Group North America Roseland, NJ May 22, 2009 $79,000
Industrial Machinery Mechanics Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Rock Springs, WY Sep 25, 2009 $72,120
Industrial Machinery Mechanics SJA, Inc. Dadeville, AL Nov 20, 2012 $70,000
Industrial Machinery Mechanics Lam Research Corporation Austin, TX Sep 26, 2013 $69,000 -
$88,000
Industrial Machinery Mechanics Bobst Group North America Roseland, NJ May 19, 2010 $69,000
Industrial Machinery Mechanics Bobst Group North America Roseland, NJ May 28, 2010 $69,000
Industrial Machinery Mechanics Bobst Group North America Roseland, NJ May 13, 2010 $69,000
Industrial Machinery Mechanics Lam Research Corporation Austin, TX Mar 03, 2014 $68,000 -
$88,000
Industrial Machinery Mechanics Tetra Pak Inc. Alexandria, MN Feb 17, 2010 $66,368
Industrial Machianery Mechanic Bobst Group North America Roseland, NJ Apr 18, 2008 $65,400
Industrial Machianery Mechanic Bobst Group North America Roseland, NJ Feb 15, 2008 $65,400
Industrial Machinery Mechanics Mayer Textile MacHine Corporation Greensboro, NC Aug 29, 2013 $63,883
Industrial Machinery Mechanics Romer, Inc. Miamisburg, OH Apr 15, 2009 $63,253
Industrial Machinnery Mechanics F&E Services Inc. Kearny, NJ May 06, 2011 $49,086
Industrial Machinery Mechanics Owens-Illinois, Inc. Atlanta, GA Feb 16, 2011 $48,984
Industrial Machinery Mechanics Suite K Value Added Services, LLC Sayreville, NJ Jul 14, 2010 $48,773
Industrial Machinery Mechanic American Van Equipment, Inc. Lakewood, NJ Mar 17, 2010 $48,147
Industrial Machinery Mechanics American Van Equipment, Inc. Lakewood, NJ Mar 18, 2010 $48,147
Industrial Machinery Mechanics American Van Equipment, Inc. Lakewood, NJ Sep 23, 2010 $47,986
Industrial Machinery Mechanic Fantini Bakery Company, Inc. Haverhill, MA May 04, 2015 $47,840
Industrial Machinery Mechanics Onyx Industries, Inc. CA Feb 04, 2010 $47,751
Industrial Machinery Mechanics Allied Power Group Houston, TX Sep 17, 2010 $43,389
Industrial Machinery Mechanics Lacas Coffee Co., Inc. South Amboy, NJ Aug 17, 2010 $42,825
Industrial Machinery Mechanics Atlas Printing Ink Company, Inc. Dallas, TX Dec 30, 2010 $42,825
Industrial Machinery Mechanics Sterling Sugars, LLC Franklin, LA Sep 06, 2013 $42,619
Industrial Machinery Mechanic Marino Ware Industries South Plainfield, NJ Apr 14, 2008 $41,990
Industrial Machinery Mechanics You Can't Elope Inc. D/B/A RK Bridal New York, NY May 20, 2010 $41,740
Industrial Machinery Mechanics ASC Group Ltd. New York, NY Mar 16, 2010 $41,740

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Top Skills for An Industrial Machinery Mechanic

  1. New Equipment
  2. Adjust
  3. Hand Tools
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  • Weld to repair broken metal parts and assemble new equipment.
  • Repair, replace, adjust, and align components of machinery and equipment.
  • Assembled and maintained physical structures, using hand tools or power tools.
  • Installed or replaced machinery, equipment, and new or replacement parts and instruments, using hand tools or power tools.
  • Provide technical support for equipment troubleshooting and modifications.

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Top 10 Best States for Industrial Machinery Mechanics

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