What Does An Industrial Mechanic Do? When factory machines break down it takes an industrial mechanic, machine mechanic, or millwright trained in the ways of factory machines to get them back up and running.

3 Basic Types of Industrial Mechanics

  • Industrial machine mechanic: Using the technical manuals that come with the machine, it’s up to you to predict an issue before it happens. You may work with robotic welding arms, hydraulic lifts, and other types of preventative measure machinery.
  • Machinery maintenance worker: You’ll use basic tools to perform the necessary repairs on malfunctioning machines.
  • Millwright: You do a lot of heavy stuff like installing new machines, taking on older ones that can take days to repair, and providing maintenance to keep everything running smoothly.

Industrial Mechanic Job Description

  • Reading the technical manuals included with the machinery in order to understand its parts and their function.
  • Taking apart the malfunctioning machine.
  • Examining the parts to find the culprit.
  • Repairing or replacing bad parts.
  • Performing diagnostics on machinery.
  • Making sure all machines are working at optimal capacity.

You’ll work in factories, plants, and construction sites. These can be dangerous jobs. Make sure to have the proper protective equipment.

How to Become an Industrial Mechanic

To get into any of the professions, you need either a high school diploma or GED.

Most hiring personnel will prefer if it you have an associate’s degree in industrial maintenance. Your courses will include math, welding, and hydraulics.

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must have the physical capacity to be able to do the work.
  • You’ll have one year of on-the-job training, minimally.
  • If you want to become a millwright, you will be expected to go through an apprenticeship, which will take 3-4 years.
  • Each year, you will have 144 hours of classroom learning, and 2,000 hours paid on-the-job training.
  • You can find apprenticeships through employers, unions, contractors, and your state’s labor department.

Industrial Mechanic Salary & Job Outlook

In 2019, the median annual pay for millwrights, machine mechanics, and industrial mechanics was $52,860 per year. The top 10 percent of those in the professions earned over $76K.

The average salary breakdown for each job specifically is:

  • Millwrights: $55,560
  • Machine mechanics: $47,520
  • Industrial mechanics: $53,590

The top paying industries are manufacturing, construction, and wholesale trade.

Above average 13% employment growth is expected through 2029.