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Working As A Machines Technician

  • 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

  • $37,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Machines Technician 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 A Machines Technician

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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Machines Technician Career Paths

Machines Technician
Maintenance Technician Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Foreman Project Manager
Division Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Electrician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Electrician Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Supervisor Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Owner Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Driver Field Technician Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Account Executive Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Specialist Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Computer Numerical Controller Machinist Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Numerical Controller Machinist Engineering Technician Lead Technician
Service Technician Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Computer Numerical Controller Machinist Manufacturing Engineer Maintenance Supervisor
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Coordinator Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Hvac Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Handyman Hvac Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Journeyman Electrician Maintenance Electrician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Process Technician 4.0 years
Set Up Technician 3.9 years
Molding Technician 3.7 years
Plant Technician 3.4 years
Line Technician 3.2 years
Line Operator 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Machines Technician
Cashier 9.0%
Technician 7.3%
Machinist 4.3%
Supervisor 4.0%
Assembler 3.2%
Manager 2.8%
Operator 2.6%
Cook 2.6%
Top Careers After Machines Technician
Technician 7.5%
Cashier 4.4%
Driver 4.3%
Owner 3.7%
Supervisor 3.5%
Machinist 3.4%
Manager 3.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$37,000
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$23,000
Min 10%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Jabil
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
Louisiana
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Machines Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Machines Technician in the United States is $37,887 per year or $18 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $23,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $60,000.

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Top Skills for A Machines Technician

  1. Inspect Parts
  2. Production Machines
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Load, initiate machine cycle, unload, clean and consistently inspect parts.
  • Adjusted, calibrated and provided troubleshooting to production machines/elements as needed.
  • Follow all established safety procedures and use proper personal protective equipment as required.
  • Set up and operate a variety of manual and CNC metal cutting machines such as lathes, drills and related equipment.
  • Monitored production and adjusted work assignments, supply of material and machine operation when necessary.

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Machines Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

76.1%

Female

14.8%

Unknown

9.1%
Ethnicity

White

62.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.7%

French

11.4%

German

3.8%

Chinese

2.5%

Filipino

2.5%

Russian

2.5%

Armenian

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Hmong

2.5%

Berber

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Romanian

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Japanese

1.3%

Dari

1.3%

Dakota

1.3%

Tagalog

1.3%

Urdu

1.3%

Mandarin

1.3%

Hindi

1.3%
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Machines Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.2%

Aiken Technical College

10.9%

Augusta Technical College

5.5%

The Academy

5.0%

A-Technical College

5.0%

Southeastern Community College

4.5%

Greenville Technical College

4.5%

Strayer University

4.1%

Universal Technical Institute

4.1%

Forsyth Technical Community College

4.1%

Western Washington University

3.6%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.6%

Macomb Community College

3.6%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

3.6%

Liberty University

3.6%

Alamance Community College

3.2%

Milwaukee Area Technical College

3.2%

Davidson County Community College

3.2%

Muskegon Community College

3.2%

Kellogg Community College

3.2%
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Majors

Business

18.1%

Electrical Engineering

11.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

9.5%

Computer Science

6.9%

General Studies

6.1%

Automotive Technology

5.7%

Criminal Justice

5.1%

Industrial Technology

4.5%

Mechanical Engineering

3.7%

Information Technology

3.6%

Precision Metal Working

3.1%

Management

3.1%

Medical Assisting Services

2.8%

Education

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Nursing

2.4%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.2%

Drafting And Design

2.2%

Accounting

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

39.0%

Associate

23.5%

Bachelors

20.4%

Certificate

8.7%

Diploma

4.6%

Masters

3.1%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.2%
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