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What Does an Industrial Machinery Mechanic Do?

It’s hard to imagine that a cookie factory and an airport luggage facility would have openings for a similar position, but they do. Industrial machinery mechanics, also called industrial maintenance technicians, are the people who repair and maintain equipment in commercial and industrial facilities.

Because these technicians operate on so many different types of machines, their skill sets must be equally diverse, often including welding, electrical wiring and rebuilding equipment. Those with a working knowledge of specialty areas like hydraulics are at an advantage. Millwrights are maintenance technicians who become experts in specific large industrial equipment and move them, piece by piece, to another location.

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Median Salary $
55,000
Jobs Available
9,400+
An industrial machinery mechanic does maintenance on an automatic robot arm in an auto factory
The need for industrial machinery mechanics and millwrights is expected to grow 13% from 2009 to 2029. Workers with the widest range of skills will see the most opportunities. (Credit: Simon Kadula/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Clean, lubricate and maintain equipment and machinery
  • Use technical manuals and diagnostic equipment to assess why machines are not working
  • Repair machinery
  • Weld and cut metal parts
  • Be proficient with electronics
  • Adhere to all safety requirements
Education + Training

Employers typically require a high school diploma or equivalent for an entry-level position. Some positions require an associate degree. New workers should expect to get about one year of on-the-job training to become technicians while millwrights will train for up to four years.

You May Be a Good Fit for This Position If You
  • Have good hand-eye coordination
  • Possess good mechanical skills
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Are good at problem-solving

Industrial Machinery Mechanic training in your area

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Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology Apprenticeship Certificate

Rogue Community College
Grants Pass (0.0 Miles)

Industrial Automation Mechatronics Level III PLC Certificate

Metropolitan Community College (MO)
Kansas City (0.0 Miles)

Industrial Systems Technology Certificate

Ozarks Technical Community College
Springfield (0.0 Miles)

Industrial Maintenance Technology, A.A.S.

Florence-Darlington Technical College
Florence (0.0 Miles)

Precision Machine Technology, A.A.S.

Joliet Junior College
Joliet (0.0 Miles)

Industrial Systems Technology Diploma

North Georgia Technical College
Clarkesville (0.0 Miles)

Industrial Systems Technology, A.A.S.

Tri-County Community College
Murphy (0.0 Miles)

Mechanical and Fluid Power Maintenance Certificate

Moraine Valley Community College
Palos Hills (0.0 Miles)

Advanced Manufacturing Technology, C. A. S.

BridgeValley Community and Technical College
South Charleston (0.0 Miles)

Maintenance Technician Certificate

Craven Community College
New Bern (0.0 Miles)

Precision Manufacturing and Maintenance for GACATT Certificate

Southern Crescent Technical College
Griffin (0.0 Miles)

Maintenance Mechanics Certificate

Danville Community College
Danville (0.0 Miles)
Meet Ambassador Jack Jaeger
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Service engineer Jack Jaeger works on a machine for a customer
Meet Ambassador Jack Jaeger

Jack Jaeger is one of the lucky ones. He knew early on what he wanted to do.

"When I graduated high school, I knew I did not want to go for a four-year degree, so I pursued trade school," says Jack, a service engineer at Helios Gear Products in Illinois. 

The 22-year-old's job involves a significant amount of travel to keep customers' machines running smoothly.

But the payoff of a happy client makes it worthwhile.  

Find out what else Jack likes about his job as an industrial machinery mechanic.

Find Industrial Machinery Mechanic Jobs in Your Area

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Maintenance Mechanic - 2nd Shift

Rohrer
Bensenville ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 day 23 hours ago

Field Service Technician

DXP Enterprises
Hobbs ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 day 23 hours ago

Maintenance Tech I

FedEx
Willington ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 day 23 hours ago

Production Maintenance - 2nd Shift

Viking Coca-Cola
Saint Cloud ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 day 23 hours ago

CNC Service Technician

Sig Sauer Inc.
Newington ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 days 23 hours ago

Senior Field Service Technician - Milwaukee WI

Signode Industrial Group
Milwaukee ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 days 23 hours ago

Mill Maintenance

Five Rivers Cattle, LLC
Texhoma ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 days 23 hours ago

Maint Tech DC

Johnson Controls, Inc.
Phoenix ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 days 23 hours ago