Industrial Machinery Mechanics

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About the Job

Repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems.

It is also Called

  • X Ray Equipment Mechanic
  • Wire Repairer
  • Winder Fixer
  • Wind Tunnel Mechanic
  • Wheel and Caster Repairer
  • Wet Process Head Miller
  • Welding, Brazing, and Burning Machine Repairer
  • Welding Systems and Equipment Repairer
  • Welding Equipment Repairer
  • Wax Pattern Repairer
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What They Do

  • Demonstrate equipment functions and features to machine operators.
  • Enter codes and instructions to program computer-controlled machinery.
  • Cut and weld metal to repair broken metal parts, fabricate new parts, or assemble new equipment.
  • Study blueprints or manufacturers' manuals to determine correct installation or operation of machinery.
  • Record repairs and maintenance performed.
  • Record parts or materials used and order or requisition new parts or materials as necessary.
  • Analyze test results, machine error messages, or information obtained from operators to diagnose equipment problems.
  • Operate newly repaired machinery or equipment to verify the adequacy of repairs.
  • Examine parts for defects, such as breakage or excessive wear.
  • Clean, lubricate, or adjust parts, equipment, or machinery.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Preparation Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $56,700 with most people making between $33,110 and $84,880

Outlook

2.54%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 24,400 people in California. It is projected that there will be 30,600 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 620 openings due to growth and about 630 replacement openings for approximately 1,250 total annual openings.