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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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$ 33,000 - $ 81,000
$ 56,000
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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)
A Day In the Life
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Service engineer Jack Jaeger works on a machine for a customer
A Day In the Life

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.

Job 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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Grayson College logo

Industrial Maintenance Technician Non- Credit Certificate

Grayson College
Denison (239.5 Miles)
Mineral Area College logo

Industrial Maintenance

Mineral Area College
Park Hills (291.6 Miles)
Mineral Area College logo

Industrial Maintenance, A.A.S.

Mineral Area College
Park Hills (291.6 Miles)
Des Moines Area Community College logo

Building Maintenance Certificate

Des Moines Area Community College
Ankey (338.2 Miles)
Southwest Tennessee Community College logo

Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Design Concentration, A.A.S.

Southwest Tennessee Community College
Memphis (352.4 Miles)
Western Iowa Tech Community College logo

Predicitive Maintenance Advanced Certificate

Western Iowa Tech Community College
Sioux City (374.1 Miles)
Rend Lake College logo

Industrial Electronics & Maintenance Technician, A.A.S.

Rend Lake College
Ina (378.5 Miles)
Rend Lake College logo

Industrial Maintenance Multi-Technician Certificate

Rend Lake College
Ina (378.5 Miles)
Rend Lake College logo

Industrial Maintenance Technician Certificate

Rend Lake College
Ina (378.5 Miles)
Texas State Technical College logo

Basic Industrial Systems Electrical Occupational Skills Award

Texas State Technical College
Waco (384.8 Miles)
Texas State Technical College logo

Basic Industrial Systems Occupational Skills Award

Texas State Technical College
Waco (384.8 Miles)
Texas State Technical College logo

Industrial Systems- Electrical Specialization, A.A.S.

Texas State Technical College
Waco (384.8 Miles)

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