Industrial Machinery Mechanics

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Industrial Machinery Mechanic, Maintenance Technician, Mechanic, Overhauler

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What they do:
Repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems. May also install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to plans.
On the job, you would:
  • Repair or maintain the operating condition of industrial production or processing machinery or equipment.
  • Repair or replace broken or malfunctioning components of machinery or equipment.
  • Clean, lubricate, or adjust parts, equipment, or machinery.


Engineering and Technology

  • mechanical
  • product and service development

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods

  • manufacture and distribution of products

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • figuring out how to use new ideas or things


  • figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work
  • planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use

  • hold or move items with your hands
  • put together small parts with your fingers

Controlled Movement

  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things

Hearing and Speech

  • tell the difference between sounds


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Industrial control software

  • KEYENCE PLC Ladder Logic
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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