Industrial Machinery Mechanics

Industrial machinery mechanics—often called machinery maintenance mechanics, maintenance machinists, or industrial machinery repairers—inspect, maintain, repair, and adjust industrial production and processing machinery and equipment to ensure its proper operation in various industries. There are approximately 323,280 industrial machinery mechanics employed in the United States. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Industrial Machinery Repairers, Machinery Maintenance Mechanics, Maintenance Machinists
Duties Maintain and repair factory machinery; install, assemble, or disassemble machinery
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship or on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Skills
  • Building/Trades
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Supervisor
  • Machinist or Master Mechanic
  • Skilled Mechanic
  • Journeyman Mechanic
  • Apprentice Machinery Mechanic