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Maintenance Workers, Machinery

Also called: Machine Repairer, Maintainer, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance Technician

Where in the Marine Corps? In the Marine Corps: AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairer; Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) Repairer/Technician; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Airframe Mechanic, F-35B; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Safety Equipment Mechanic, EA-6; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Journeyman; Helicopter/Tiltrotor Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, H-60; M1A1 Tank Crewman; Refuel/Bomber Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, B-2; Refuel/Bomber Aircraft Maintenance Journeyman, KC-10; Tactical Aircraft Maintenance (5th Generation) Helper, F-22

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:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot Technology
  • SAP Hot Technology
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office


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

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