In the Army:
AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairer; Aircraft Pneudraulics Repairer; Aircraft Structural Repairer; Automotive Maintenance Warrant Officer; Cavalry Scout; Indirect Fire Infantryman; Infantryman; M1 Abrams Tank System Maintainer; STRYKER Systems Maintainer; Tactical Power Generation Specialist
In the Coast Guard:
Aviation Maintenance Technician; Avionics Electrical Technician; Gunner's Mate; Machinery Technician
In the Marine Corps:
Air Traffic Control Communications Technician; Aircraft Ordnance Technician; Engineer Equipment Mechanic; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Airframe Mechanic, F-35; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Mechanic, EA-6; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Power Plants Mechanic, J-52; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Safety Equipment Mechanic-Trainee; Helicopter Crew Chief, UH-1; Helicopter/Tiltrotor Mechanic-Trainee; Tiltrotor Airframe Mechanic, MV-22
In the Navy:
Able Seaman; Arresting Gear Technician; Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Aircraft Handling; Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Launching and Recovery Equipment; Aviation Structural Mechanic; CWO - Ordnance, Aviation; Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical); Machinery Repairman; Machinists Mate, Non-Nuclear, Submarine Auxiliary; NAMTS Watertight Closure Maintenance Technician
Industrial machinery works around the clock to manufacture food products, generate power, and move suitcases at the airport. Industrial machinery maintenance workers, mechanics, and millwrights make sure industrial machinery stays on the job. Machinery maintenance workers do basic maintenance and repairs, such as cleaning and lubricating machinery, performing basic diagnostic tests, and testing damaged parts. Using computerized diagnostic equipment and expertise, industrial machinery mechanics detect and fix mechanical problems; just listening to a machine’s vibration, they can distinguish a worn belt from a weak motor bearing. Millwrights install and disassemble industrial machines as well as conduct repairs. They often move machines within a facility, carefully categorizing and sequencing every part. They use cranes and forklifts to bring the heavy parts to the new location. In addition to hand tools, these workers use welding and cutting equipment, and precision-measuring devices. Because of the high risk of injury on the job, safety precautions and protective equipment such as hardhats, steel-toed shoes, and earplugs are essential. Industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers typically work regular, full-time hours, although overtime is common, especially for mechanics. Millwrights may have more variable schedules with downtime between projects, as they usually work on a contract basis to assemble or disassemble machines. While all 3 need a high school education to enter the field, machinery maintenance workers typically receive on-the-job training; industrial machinery mechanics need a year or more of training; and most millwrights learn their skills in a 4-year apprenticeship— although an associate’s degree in industrial maintenance may suffice.
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
Math and Science
arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
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
You might use software like this on the job:
Electronic mail software
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
high school diploma/GED or some college usually needed
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.