Industrial Machinery Mechanics


ABOUT THE JOB

Industrial machinery mechanics repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

  • Plan layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, based on job specifications and local codes. 
  • Connect wires to circuit breakers, transformers, or other components. 
  • Test electrical systems or continuity of circuits in electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, using testing devices, such as ohmmeters, voltmeters, or oscilloscopes, to ensure compatibility and safety of system. 
  • Use a variety of tools or equipment, such as power construction equipment, measuring devices, power tools, and testing equipment, such as oscilloscopes, ammeters, or test lamps. 
  • Inspect electrical systems, equipment, or components to identify hazards, defects, or the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes.

SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

  • Calipers — Dial calipers; Vernier instruments 
  • Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses; Punch presses; Radial drills 
  • Hex keys — Allen wrenches; Hex wrenches 
  • Micrometers — Inside micrometers; Outside micrometers 
  • Power grinders — Cylindrical grinders; Grinding wheels; Precision grinders

AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGE

The average annual wage is $46,460 or $22.34/hour.

SALARY RANGE

Annual salaries range betweeen $29,780 and $72,680.

JOB OPENINGS (THROUGH 2024)

2,240

DEMAND (THROUGH 2026)

★★✩✩ Strong

EDUCATION & TRAINING REQUIRED

On average, 48% had a post-secondary certificate. Most occupations in this field require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.