A machines technician installs, repairs, operates, and maintains types of machinery and machine components in various industries such as construction, manufacturing plants, and other organizations that rely heavily on mechanized processes. They assume some of the responsibilities of machinists or mechanical engineering technicians, ensuring the organization's compliance with safety standards and protocols.
To prevent malfunctions and ensure the safety of the machines and equipment, they perform preventive inspections and diagnose functionality issues. If there are problems with the machine, they are tasked to address and resolve them accordingly. They may also negotiate with vendors regarding machinery parts and complete work logs and other paperwork.
Becoming a machines technician requires a broad knowledge of mechanical and electrical equipment and tools. They must be detail-oriented and self-motivated. Physical strength and stamina are also important since they typically work long hours and render overtime.
People in this position have an associate's degree in mechanical engineering or other technical fields. Completing apprenticeship programs provides an edge for candidates who want to pursue this career.