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Become A Turbine Mechanic

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Working As A Turbine 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

  • $40,648

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Turbine Mechanic does

  • Check limit switches, Reading of Blue Prints and overhead cranes.
  • Handle the tasks of repairing and replacing bearings in the exciter, generator, LP, HP and front standard.
  • Worked in Colver, Pa at the COLVER POWER PLANT Work on a WESTINGHOUSE ON A STEAM TURBINE.
  • Use of power tools and hand tools.
  • Realigned rotors of turbine to generator with dial indicators and whole gauges Operate bolt heater to stretch bolts
  • Dismantled gas turbine shell components to be refurbished during the Atlantic Methanol Production Company plant outage.
  • Assisted in disassembling and reassembling GE gas/steam turbines and generators.
  • Maintained excellent safety record in accordance with OSHA requirements.
  • Travel throughout United States working on Mitsubishi gas and steam turbine generators.
  • Use of hand tools, pneumatic and hydraulic tools, precision instruments, and set up rigging equipment.
  • Performed steam valves and steam turbine major inspection for Mitsubishi steam turbines.
  • Led a team in disassembly of turbines, gear boxes and generators in order to rebuild.
  • Trained in precision rotating equipment, barrel compressors, frame 5 turbines, electric motors and gearboxes.
  • Install turbine engines using over head crane and hoist.
  • Supervised job outages for UPS.

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How To Become A Turbine 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.

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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Turbine Mechanic Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    93.8%
  • Female

    5.3%
  • Unknown

    0.9%

Ethnicity

  • White

    79.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    13.7%
  • Asian

    4.6%
  • Unknown

    1.5%
  • Black or African American

    0.8%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    100.0%

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Top Skills for A Turbine Mechanic

Gas/SteamTurbinesGeneralElectricFrameSafetyRegulationsSteamValvesBarrelCompressorsWestinghouseCombustionInspectionsHandToolsTurbineEnginesGeneratorLargePiecesLubeOilTankMitsubishiPrecisionToolsOutagesMajorInspectionsDialIndicatorsMajorOverhaulsGearBoxesOverheadCranesPrecisionInstruments

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Top Turbine Mechanic Skills

  1. Gas/Steam Turbines
  2. General Electric Frame
  3. Safety Regulations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain gas/steam turbines, assemble and disassemble turbine machines, replace needed parts, install upgraded parts.
  • Performed steam valves and steam turbine major inspection for Mitsubishi steam turbines.
  • Trained in precision rotating equipment, barrel compressors, frame 5 turbines, electric motors and gearboxes.
  • Disassembled and reassembled Siemens and Westinghouse turbines.
  • Use of precision tools, hydraulic tools and hand tools associated with turbine and generator work.

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