Industrial Machinery Mechanics

General Information

Description

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

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
  • Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing

Job Outlook

Overall employment of industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by occupation. The increased adoption of sophisticated manufacturing machinery will require more mechanics and millwrights to keep machines in good working order. Increased automation, including the use of many computer-controlled machines in factories and manufacturing plants, should raise the demand for machinery maintenance workers in order to keep the machines functioning properly. The increased use of machinery in manufacturing will require millwrights to install and disassemble this equipment, as well as perform some repair work on it.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$52,340

State-by-state Salary

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$71,220
$29,730
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 47%
  • High school 25%
  • Bachelor's degree 8%
  • Associate's degree 7%
  • Less than high school 6%
  • Master's degree 3%
  • Some college 1%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Design
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Building and Construction
  • Production and Processing

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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