Industrial Mechanics Careers

Industrial mechanics maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery, such as conveying systems, production machinery, and packaging equipment. The Industrial Mechanics industry is expected to grow almost 20 percent in the next 10 years; with the increased manufacturing machinery, employers will need experienced mechanics to keep the machines in good working order. Mechanics with an array of skills will have favorable job prospects. Industrial Mechanics need a year or more of training Mechanics typically do the following:

  • Read technical manuals to understand equipment and controls
  • Disassemble machinery and equipment when there is a problem
  • Repair or replace broken or malfunctioning components
  • Examine parts for defects, such as breakage or excessive wear
  • Adjust and calibrate equipment and machinery
  • Check the performance of machinery Operate newly repaired machinery or equipment to verify the adequacy of repairs
  • Test damaged machine parts to determine whether major repair is needed
  • Analyze test results, machine error messages, or information obtained from operators to diagnose equipment problems
  • Record repairs and maintenance performed

Mechanics maintain and repair complex machines such as conveyor belts, robotic welding arms, and hydraulic lifts.

 

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