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Become A Line Mechanic

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Working As A Line 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

  • $49,690

    Average Salary

What Does A Line Mechanic Do At KIK Custom Products

* Sets up production equipment to run scheduled production
* Discusses difficulties in operating equipment with machine operators to isolate problems, and then troubleshoots machine to determine cause and repairs required.
* Performs necessary repairs on equipment to keep it in top running order.
* Carries out required preventative maintenance on equipment.
* Assists in determining required design modifications and makes approved modifications to equipment.
* Performs tasks in accordance with approved procedures and following all safety procedures.
* Provides coverage for mechanics on other shifts, as needed.
* Perform other duties as assigned

What Does A Line Mechanic Do At Alliant Energy

* Load and haul poles, transformers and material to job sites
* Trim trees from power lines and operate chipper to dispose of brush
* Test and maintain transformers, including taking oil samples
* May require licensing for pesticide, preservative or hazardous material handling
* Practice good housekeeping and equipment maintenance
* Maintain truck stock and material inventory
* May require mapping and paperwork related to job order changes
* Perform daily equipment inspections
* Supervision: May be required to supervise and train apprentices and lesser grade line department employees

What Does A Line Mechanic Do At Ball Corporation/Ball Aerospace

* Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
* Complies with established job safety practices, policies, and procedures as specified in plant and corporate directives for the safe performance of the work assignment.
* Supports and follows the guidelines of the food safety system.
* Performs various manual or mechanical production functions by operating, adjusting, and repairing the production equipment to meet customer specifications.
* Disassembles, overhauls, and rebuilds production equipment.
* Performs troubleshooting on production equipment as required.
* Performs preventative maintenance on production equipment as required.
* Performs on-the-job training and development of assigned personnel.
* Conducts inspection of in-process materials and in-process and finished products.
* Responsible for replenishing supplies, materials, parts, and tooling required for assigned area.
* Relieves adjusters and other mechanics for breaks as needed.
* Jointly responsible for all required operating data such as production figures, machine performance, line efficiency, maintenance requirements, and scrap.
* Performs record keeping duties as required under the direction of management.
* Accesses, inputs and retrieves information from the computer.
* Communicates pertinent information to next shift.
* Supplies and maintains required hand tools.
* Performs clean-up, painting and housekeeping duties
* Initiates, reviews, and follows all standard operating procedures (SOPs) for area of responsibility.
* Required to work assigned schedule or 12-hour shifts, rotating days and nights, Monday through Sunday, working hours may vary as specified by management.
* Incumbent must be able to work overtime on a regular basis and/or be on call as directed by management.
* Regular and predictable attendance is required between the assigned start and end times of work.
* Assures and maintains safe and healthful working conditions while enforcing safety rules and regulations.
* Ability to work independently within parameters set by management

What Does A Line Mechanic Do At BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)

* Examine inoperative or malfunctioning production equipment and machinery and diagnose the source of trouble (mechanical or electronic).
* Coordinate with Electro Mechanic for repairs.
* Dismantle machinery and perform routine and non-routine repairs.
* Replace broken or defective standard parts with stock items.
* Coordinate the manufacture of specialized replacement parts with the Machine Shop when defective parts are not stock items.
* Correctly read and interpret machine drawings.
* Reassemble machines, fine tune and adjust equipment under both static and dynamic conditions.
* Oil, lubricate, and maintain production equipment to support of the Preventative Maintenance Program.
* Adhere to the established Preventative Maintenance schedules and remain in compliance with Standard Operating Procedures.
* Keep required maintenance records.
* Participate in plant safety programs and ensure equipment is operating in a safe manner.
* Understand and use the lockout/tagout and bypass system.
* Perform functional operating adjustments on equipment when requested by the Machine Operators or Production Supervisors to obtain quality production.
* Participate in training and cross-training efforts of Mechanics, Back-up Line Mechanics, Supervisors and Operators.
* Request replacement parts as needed from Tool Crib.
* Follow through on any requests for missing parts.
* Return or rebuild parts as requested by the Tool Crib.
* Certify on equipment specific to department.
* Support and train operators when needed.
* Work overtime as needed by the department.
* Actively participate in Continuous Improvement teams and activities, including 5S, blitzes, Shift Start-up, updating PVD boards, etc.
* Continuously improve through the KAS program, meeting department goals for completed KAS.
* Comply with all local, state, federal, and BD safety regulations, policies, and procedures including RCRA Hazardous Waste regulations.
* Comply with all local BD quality policies, procedures, and practices through consistent application of sound quality assurance principles.
* Other duties as assigned.

What Does A Line Mechanic Do At Geisinger Health System

* Responsible to have a thorough knowledge of and compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR); Aeronautical Information Manual; Geisinger Medical Center s General Operations Manual guidelines (GOM), and General Maintenance Manual (GMM) as applicable.
* Performs daily inspections to assigned aircraft.
* Performs reviews of aircraft and aircraft records Documents discrepancies and makes repairs per the GMM and or the GOM as applicable.
* Performs repairs, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance activities to the assigned aircraft.
* Updates and maintains maintenance manuals, service bulletins, parts books, and regulatory updates, and other technical directives as required and or directed.
* Coordinates ordering, shipping, and receiving of parts, supplies, tooling and warranty claim parts with the program base of operations.
* Coordinates aircraft maintenance scheduling with the Maintenance Manager, DOM or designee.
* Maintains a clean, safe, and orderly work environment
* Prepares and maintains documentation related to work activities in accordance with regulations.
* Corrects any hazardous or unsafe practices as reports them accordingly to the Maintenance Manager or the DOM as applicable.
* Performs similar duties on an on-call basis as directed by the Maintenance Manager, DOM, and GMC policy
* Weekend call and holidays as directed by the Maintenance Manager, DOM and GMC policy
* Travel to and between Life Flight base sites as directed to assist with the maintenance needs of the flight program
* Performs other duties as assigned.
* Some of these duties specific dependent on job location,
* Denotes job duties that are considered essential job functions

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How To Become A Line 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.


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.


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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Line Mechanic Demographics


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  • White

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  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Carrier

  • Italian

  • Ilocano

  • Japanese

  • French

  • Tagalog

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Top Line Mechanic Skills

  1. Engine Changes
  2. Spare Parts
  3. Safety Regulations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain Flight readiness of all aircraft, from tire changes to engine changes as well as gate calls.
  • Handle ordering of spare parts for inventory and machinery.
  • Performed preventive maintenance on diesel engines and repaired broken equipment, maintained equipment to meet safety regulations
  • Conduct regular preventive maintenance inspections of production machinery and tooling,auxiliary and support equipment.
  • Performed preventative maintenance & major repairs on variety of construction equipment fleet.

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