Industrial Machinery Mechanic Career Information

The following information is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Industrial Machinery Mechanics, Machinery Maintenance Workers, and Millwrights. Please visit the website for a more comprehensive breakdown of the data.


Industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery, such as conveying systems, production machinery, and packaging equipment. Millwrights install, dismantle, repair, reassemble, and move machinery in factories, power plants, and construction sites.

Job Duties

  • Read technical manuals to understand equipment and controls
  • Disassemble machinery and equipment when there is a problem
  • Repair or replace broken or malfunctioning components
  • Perform tests and run initial batches to make sure that the machine is running smoothly
  • Detect minor problems by performing basic diagnostic tests
  • Test malfunctioning machinery to determine whether major repairs are needed
  • Adjust and calibrate equipment and machinery to optimal specifications
  • Clean and lubricate equipment or machinery
  • Move machinery and equipment


National Average Annual Pay (2019): $55,320

Top 5 States

1. Wyoming


2. Hawaiʻi


3. North Dakota


4. Connecticut


5. Montana


Bottom 5 States

50. South Dakota


49. Arkansas


48. Florida


47. North Carolina


46. Alabama



There are a couple of ways to get the skills needed to become an industrial machinery mechanic.

The first is to attend a post-secondary trade program. Courses may include welding, mathematics, hydraulics, and pneumatics.

The second way is through an apprenticeship program, which lasts around 4 years. Employers, local unions, contractor associations, and the state labor department often sponsor apprenticeship programs.

Once becoming a industrial machinery mechanic, workers still receive on-the-job training that typically lasts more than a year.

  • Option 1: Apprenticeship

    Apprenticeships usually last about 4 years.

  • Option 2: Attend a Trade or Technical School

    Most programs are 2 years and result in an associate’s degree.

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Manual Dexterity

Industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights must have a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination when handling very small parts.

Mechanical Skills

Industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights use technical manuals and sophisticated diagnostic equipment to figure out why machines are not working. Workers must be able to reassemble large, complex machines after finishing a repair.

Trouble-Shooting Skills

Industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights must observe, diagnose, and fix problems that a machine may be having.

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