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Industrial Machinery Mechanics and Maintenance Workers

Industrial Machinery Mechanics and Maintenance Workers
Quick Facts : Industrial Machinery Mechanics and Maintenance Workers*
2010 Median Pay$44,160
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012357,000
Job Outlook19% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change66,400


Industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery, such as conveying systems, production machinery, and packaging equipment.

What Industrial Machinery Mechanics and Maintenance Workers Do

  • Disassemble machinery and equipment when there is a problem
  • Repair or replace broken or malfunctioning components
  • Perform tests to make sure that the machine is running smoothly
  • Test damaged machine parts to determine whether major repairs are needed
  • Adjust equipment and reset or calibrate sensors and controls

Work Environment

Workers must follow safety precautions and use protective equipment, such as hardhats, safety glasses, and hearing protectors. Most mechanics work full time. However, they may be on call or assigned to work nights or weekends. Overtime is common.
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Job Outlook

Employment of industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers is expected to grow 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, however, employment growth will vary by specialty.
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Pay

The average salary of industrial machinery mechanics was $45,420 in May 2010.
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Industrial Machinery Mechanics and Maintenance Workers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Industrial Machinery Mechanics and Maintenance Workers

44160

Installation & Production Occupations

39887.3333

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Industrial Machinery Mechanics and Maintenance Workers*
Percent Change in Employment

Industrial Machinery Mechanics and Maintenance Workers

18.5994

Installation & Production Occupations

10.336959024270376

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Industrial Machinery Mechanics and Maintenance Workers

Industrial machinery mechanics usually need a year or more of formal education and training after high school to learn the necessary mechanical and technical skills. Employers also prefer to hire workers who have taken high school or postsecondary courses in mechanical drawing, mathematics, blueprint reading, computer programming, or electronics.
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