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Working As An Industrial Maintenance Mechanic

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $43,808

    Average Salary

What Does An Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Do

General maintenance and repair workers fix and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They paint, repair flooring, and work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems.

Duties

General maintenance and repair workers typically do the following:

  • Maintain and repair machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings
  • Fix or replace faulty electrical switches, outlets, and circuit breakers
  • Inspect and diagnose problems and figure out the best way to correct them
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that machines continue to run smoothly
  • Assemble and set up machinery or equipment
  • Plan repair work using blueprints or diagrams
  • Do general cleaning and upkeep of buildings and properties
  • Order supplies from catalogs and storerooms
  • Meet with clients to estimate repairs and costs
  • Keep detailed records of their work

General maintenance and repair workers are hired for maintenance and repair tasks that are not complex enough to need the specialized training of a licensed tradesperson, such as a plumber or electrician.

These workers are also responsible for recognizing when a job is above their skill level and requires the expertise of an electrician; a carpenter; a heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanic or installer; or a plumber, pipefitter, or steamfitter.

General maintenance and repair workers may fix plaster or drywall. They may fix or paint roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, and other parts of buildings.

They also maintain and repair specialized equipment and machinery in cafeterias, laundries, hospitals, stores, offices, and factories.

General maintenance and repair workers get supplies and repair parts from distributors or storerooms to fix problems. They use common hand and power tools, such as screwdrivers, saws, drills, wrenches, and hammers to fix, replace, or repair equipment and parts of buildings.

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How To Become An Industrial Maintenance Mechanic

Jobs in this field typically do not require any formal education beyond high school. General maintenance and repair workers often learn their skills on the job. They start by doing simple tasks and watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers.

Education

Many maintenance and repair workers learn some basic skills in high school shop or technical education classes, postsecondary trade or vocational schools, or community colleges.

Courses in mechanical drawing, electricity, woodworking, blueprint reading, mathematics, and computers are useful. Maintenance and repair workers often do work that involves electrical, plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning systems or painting and roofing tasks. Workers need a good working knowledge of many repair and maintenance tasks.

Practical training, available at many adult education centers and community colleges, is another option for workers to learn tasks such as drywall repair and basic plumbing.

Training

General maintenance and repair workers usually start by watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers. They begin by doing simple tasks, such as fixing leaky faucets and replacing lightbulbs. After gaining experience, general maintenance and repair workers move on to more difficult tasks, such as overhauling machinery or building walls.

Some general maintenance and repair workers learn their skills by assisting other types of repair or construction workers, including machinery repairers, carpenters, or electricians.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensing requirements vary by state and locality. For more complex tasks, workers may need to be licensed in a particular specialty, such as electrical or plumbing work.

Advancement

Some maintenance and repair workers decide to train in one specific craft and become craftworkers, such as electricians, heating and air-conditioning mechanics, or plumbers.

Other maintenance workers eventually open their own repair or contracting business. However, those who want to become a project manager or own their own business may need some postsecondary education or a degree in construction management. For more information, see the profile on construction managers.

Within small organizations, promotion opportunities may be limited.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. These workers interact with customers on a regular basis. They need to be friendly and able to address customers’ questions.

Dexterity. Many repair and maintenance tasks, such as repairing small devices, connecting or attaching components, and using hand tools, require a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination.

Troubleshooting skills. Workers find, diagnose, and repair problems. They perform tests to figure out the cause of problems before fixing equipment.

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Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Career Paths

Industrial Maintenance Mechanic
Industrial Maintenance/Electrician Journeyman Electrician Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
12 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Person Maintenance Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Industrial Maintenance Technician Maintenance Technician Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Industrial Maintenance/Electrician Maintenance Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Millwright/Welder Mechanic Maintenance Manager
Environmental Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Industrial Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager General Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Technician Maintenance Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Driver Dispatcher
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Person Maintenance Lead Technician Maintenance Manager
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager General Manager Maintenance Technician
Lead Mechanic
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Industrial Electrician Electrical Foreman General Foreman
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Industrial Electrician Maintenance Electrician Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Mechanic
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Technician Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Machine Repairman 9.4 years
Electro Mechanic 3.8 years
Top Employers Before
Welder 8.0%
Millwright 6.0%
Mechanic 5.0%
Technician 4.1%
Machinist 2.5%
Supervisor 2.1%
Top Employers After
Mechanic 6.1%
Millwright 5.2%
Welder 4.0%
Technician 3.1%
Owner 2.1%
Machinist 1.9%
Carpenter 1.8%

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Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Demographics

Gender

Male

94.7%

Female

4.1%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

61.9%

Hispanic or Latino

18.0%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

5.3%

Unknown

2.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.0%

Carrier

10.0%

Romanian

5.0%

Polish

5.0%

Japanese

5.0%
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Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.0%

Community College of the Air Force

6.7%

Trident Technical College

6.7%

Kirkwood Community College

6.7%

Universal Technical Institute

6.7%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

5.3%

Hawkeye Community College

5.3%

Metropolitan Community College

5.3%

Vincennes University

5.3%

University of Wisconsin - Madison

4.0%

Cleveland Institute of Electronics

4.0%

A-Technical College

4.0%

Community College of Aurora

4.0%

Erie Community College

4.0%

Hennepin Technical College

4.0%

Indian Hills Community College

4.0%

Saint Cloud State University

4.0%

College of the Sequoias

4.0%

Mech-Tech College

4.0%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

4.0%
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Majors

Industrial Technology

19.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

12.5%

Electrical Engineering

10.1%

Precision Metal Working

8.6%

Automotive Technology

8.6%

Business

7.4%

Mechanical Engineering

3.9%

General Studies

3.7%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.2%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

2.9%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

2.7%

Aviation

2.5%

Education

2.2%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.2%

Psychology

2.0%

Criminal Justice

1.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.7%

Engineering

1.7%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.5%

Information Technology

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

53.0%

Associate

16.9%

Certificate

13.0%

Bachelors

11.6%

Diploma

4.8%

Masters

0.3%

License

0.3%
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Top Skills for An Industrial Maintenance Mechanic

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  1. Production Machines
  2. Electric Motors
  3. Preventive Maintenance Requirements
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  • Check and record building emissions,check to make sure production machines were operating correctly.
  • Diagnose vibration and replacement of up to 300 HP electric motors.
  • Planned and implemented alterations to ensure safety, to improve operator ergonomics, and to increase machine productivity.
  • Performed maintenance and repair of automated equipment, PLC-controlled assembly lines.
  • Rebuild hydraulic cylinders and hydraulic systems in an industrial environment.

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