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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:
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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Hispanic or Latino19.7%
Black or African American0.6%
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Universal Technical Institute9.0%
University of Phoenix7.9%
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College6.7%
PR Technological Institute Ponce Campus5.6%
Pennsylvania College of Technology5.6%
Trident Technical College4.5%
Chippewa Valley Technical College4.5%
Utah Valley University4.5%
PR Technological Institute San Juan Campus3.4%
East Central University3.4%
PR Technological Institute Guayama Campus3.4%
University of Northern Iowa3.4%
Madison Area Technical College3.4%
Old Dominion University3.4%
University of Puerto Rico - Carolina3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Industrial Mechanic||Bar S Foods||Clinton, OK||Sep 30, 2013||$71,176|
|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 Mechanic||SCA, Inc.||Auburn, AL||Dec 09, 2016||$65,000|
|Industrial Mechanic||SCA, Inc.||Auburn, AL||Aug 26, 2015||$65,000|
|Industrial Mechanic||Traditional Stone Inc.||CA||Jul 25, 2016||$59,987|
|Industrial Machine Mechanic||Innovative Rack & Gear Co., Inc.||Wood Dale, IL||Aug 31, 2016||$57,117|
|Industrial Mechanics||Precision Custom Coatings, LLC||Totowa, NJ||Apr 29, 2016||$54,288|
|Industrial Mechanics||Precision Custom Coatings, LLC||Totowa, NJ||Mar 05, 2016||$54,288|
|Industrial Machine Mechanic||Frank Sciarrino Marble Granite & Tile, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Sep 02, 2008||$52,175|
|Industrial Machines Mechanic||Frank Sciarrino Marble Granite & Tile, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Dec 07, 2007||$52,175|
|Industrial Mechanics||Precision Custom Coatings, LLC||Totowa, NJ||Jun 25, 2015||$52,125|
|Industrial Mechanic||Alma Plantation, LLC||LA||Aug 12, 2015||$51,896|
|Industrial Mechanic||Alma Plantation, LLC||LA||Dec 16, 2015||$51,896|
|Industrial Mechanic||Alma Plantation, LLC||LA||Mar 15, 2016||$51,896|
|Industrial Mechanic||Louisiana Sugar Cane Coop, Inc.||Saint Martinville, LA||Nov 19, 2014||$49,483|
|Industrial Mechanic||Louisiana Sugar Cane Coop, Inc.||Saint Martinville, LA||Dec 02, 2014||$49,483|
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