Industrial Machinery Mechanics

Manufacturing > Maintenance, Installation & Repair

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

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

Common job titles of Industrial Machinery Mechanics include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 47.99% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

  • 25.34% said they needed a High School Diploma.


    Reassemble equipment after completion of inspections, testing, or repairs.

    Operate newly repaired machinery or equipment to verify the adequacy of repairs.

    Study blueprints or manufacturers' manuals to determine correct installation or operation of machinery.

    Record repairs and maintenance performed.

    Demonstrate equipment functions and features to machine operators.

    Examine parts for defects, such as breakage or excessive wear.

    Disassemble machinery or equipment to remove parts and make repairs.

    Repair or replace broken or malfunctioning components of machinery or equipment.

    Repair or maintain the operating condition of industrial production or processing machinery or equipment.

    Clean, lubricate, or adjust parts, equipment, or machinery.

    Record parts or materials used and order or requisition new parts or materials, as necessary.

    Observe and test the operation of machinery or equipment to diagnose malfunctions, using voltmeters or other testing devices.

    Analyze test results, machine error messages, or information obtained from operators to diagnose equipment problems.

    Cut and weld metal to repair broken metal parts, fabricate new parts, or assemble new equipment.

    Enter codes and instructions to program computer-controlled machinery.


Workshop cranes

Wire cutters

Welding tip dressers

Welding shields

Welding lenses



All Tools

Vibration analyzers

Vernier instruments

Vacuum lifts

Vacuum gauges

Utility knives

Turning lathes

Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment

Transit levels

Threading devices

Thickness gauges

Telescoping gauges

Tape measures


Stud drivers

Strobe tachometers


Steel wedges

Steam cleaning equipment

Staging platforms


Spot welders

Space gauges

Soldering irons

Socket wrench sets


Single-cut mill saw files

Side cutting pliers

Shielded arc welding tools

Shaping machines


Screw pitch gauges


Scissor lifts




Rubber mallets

Rotating brushes

Robotic teach pendants

Riveting tools

Rigging equipment

Reciprocating machinery combustion analyzers


Ratchet sets

Radial drills

Putty knives


Punch presses

Pry bars

Programmable logic controllers PLC

Pressure gauges

Precision squares

Precision levels

Precision grinders

Power wrenches

Power saws

Power sanders

Power grinders

Power drills

Portable welding equipment

Pneumatic hammers

Plumb bobs

Plasma cutters

Pipe wrenches

Pipe threaders


Phillips head screwdrivers

Personal computers

Outside micrometers


Optical measuring equipment

Needlenose pliers


Milling machines


Metal inert gas MIG welders

Metal cutting taps

Magnetic retrievers


Level gauges


Laser printers

Laser measuring equipment

Lapping wheels




Inside micrometers

Impact wrenches

Hydrostatic testers

Hydraulic squeezers

Hydraulic pullers


Hex wrenches


Hand pumps


Half-round files

Grinding wheels

Grease guns


Gas welding equipment


Flow meters

Flat files

Flange facing machines

Feeler gauges

Facing machines

Equipment rollers

Engine lathes

Emery wheels

Electric rotary wire brushes

Drill presses

Dial calipers

Desktop computers

Cylindrical procedures squares

Cylindrical grinders

Cutting machines

Cutting dies

Combination wrenches

Channel lock pliers

Chain hoists

Chain falls


Burnishing wheels

Broaching machines

Brazing equipment

Brass hammers

Boring tools

Block and tackle equipment

Bearing heating ovens

Bearing bridge gauges


Aviation snips

Angled feeler gauges


Allen wrenches

Alignment tools

Alignment scopes

Airpowered descaling turbines

Airpowered descaling drills

Airhammer chisels

Air compressors

Adjustable wrenches

Adjustable widemouth pliers

Acetylene torches


Computer aided design CAD software

Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software


Extranet Machine Tools Suite

Inventory tracking software

KEYENCE PLC Ladder Logic

Maintenance management software

All Technologies

Maintenance planning and control software


Equipment Maintenance

Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.


Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.


Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Equipment Selection

Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.

Psychomotor Abilities › Reaction Time and Speed Abilities › Reaction Time

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Occupation Sections



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.


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.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Building and Construction

Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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