Industrial Mechanic

What do Industrial Mechanics do?

Industrial machinery mechanics keep machines in good working order. To complete this task, they must be able to detect and correct errors before the machine or the products it produces are damaged. Industrial machinery mechanics use technical manuals, their understanding of Industrial equipment, and careful observation to determine the cause of a problem. After diagnosing a problem, the industrial machinery mechanic may take the equipment apart to repair or replace the necessary parts. In addition to working with hand tools, mechanics commonly use lathes, grinders or drill presses. Many are also required to weld. Overall, they repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems.

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As a Industrial Mechanic, you will

Adjust and calibrate equipment and machinery to optimal specifications
Disassemble machinery and equipment when there is a problem
Perform tests and run initial batches to make sure that the machine is running smoothly
Read technical manuals to understand equipment and controls
Repair or replace broken or malfunctioning components

Training & Educational Opportunities

To become an industrial mechanic, you need to demonstrate proficiency in manufacturing technology either through previous experience setting up, cleaning, lubricating, and starting machinery or coursework in shop mathematics, blueprint reading, proper hand tools use, welding, electronics, and computer programming. Some employers prefer candidates who have attained the Certified Maintenance & Reliability Technician (CMRT) certificate through the Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP), or a Machine Maintenance credential through NIMS.

Training Providers

Skills for positions are usually gained through on-the-job training or apprenticeships, but courses in manufacturing technology are beneficial. The following certified training providers offer training programs for industrial mechanics:

  • College of DuPage
  • Coyne College
  • Elgin Community College
  • Harper College
  • Joliet Junior College

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Types of Employers

  • Iron and steel mills
  • Machinery and equipment wholesalers
  • Pipeline natural gas transporters
  • Plastics product manufacturers

Advancement Opportunities

  • Journeyman Mechanic
  • Maintenance Manager
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Senior Industrial Mechanic