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by Raja Tahir on August 24, 2018 · 9:00 am
Does a hands-on career where you install and repair machinery appeal to you? Then a career as an industrial machinery mechanic might be right for you. We’ve created this guide to help answer some common questions about this career, including:
Industrial machinery mechanics, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), are tasked with repairing and maintaining factory equipment and other industrial machinery, such as packaging equipment, conveying systems and production machinery.
According to Sokanu, a career matching platform, industrial machinery mechanics typically do the following on the job:
If you’re looking for a career that doesn’t put you at a desk for your workdays and is all about working with your hands, industrial machinery maintenance could be a great fit. Plus, a career as an industrial machinery mechanic has the following positives:
One thing to note: Industrial machinery mechanics do have higher rates of injuries and illnesses than the national average due to the nature of the job. It’s important for workers to use protective equipment and follow safety protocols to avoid potential injuries.
Manufacturing facilities are the largest employer of industrial machinery mechanics, according to the BLS. Common other employers are in wholesale trade and construction.
There are a few important qualities that industrial machinery mechanics should possess:
Industrial machinery mechanics usually receive more than a year of on-the-job training and, according to the BLS, employers may hire professional trainers or representatives of equipment manufacturers to provide this training.
However, with more and more employers preferring to hire people who already have some training in industrial technology, going to a technical school is another route you can take to begin your training.
SJVC offers an Industrial Maintenance Technology program designed to provide fundamental, hands-on training on industrial systems and equipment. Students study and master the basic principles, applications, concepts and functions of hydraulic systems, bearing and seal types, and power transmission components.
Students can earn a Certificate of Completion in approximately 7 months, or an Associate of Science Degree in approximately 14 months. Request more information now or call 866-544-7898 to speak with an admissions advisor about SJVC’s industrial machinery mechanic program.
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