Maintenance Workers, Machinery

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Machine Repairer, Maintainer, Maintenance Technician, Maintenance Worker

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What they do:
Lubricate machinery, change parts, or perform other routine machinery maintenance.
On the job, you would:
  • Start machines and observe mechanical operation to determine efficiency and to detect problems.
  • Read work orders and specifications to determine machines and equipment requiring repair or maintenance.
  • Inspect or test damaged machine parts, and mark defective areas or advise supervisors of repair needs.


Engineering and Technology

  • mechanical
  • design

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Arts and Humanities

  • English language


Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information


  • planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment
  • repairing machines or systems using the right tools


Hand and Finger Use

  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands


  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things


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

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation
  • Independence
  • Innovation


You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software

  • Management information systems MIS
  • SAP software Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology


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

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