Details Report for:
49-9041.00 - Industrial Machinery Mechanics
Repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems.
Sample of reported job titles: Fixer, Industrial Machinery Mechanic, Industrial Mechanic, Loom Fixer, Machine Adjuster, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance Technician, Master Mechanic, Mechanic, Overhauler
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adjustable widemouth pliers
- Adjustable wrenches
- Air compressors
- Alignment jig — Alignment tools
- Anchor setting tools — Stud drivers
- Bench vises — Vises
- Blocks or pulleys — Block and tackle equipment
- Blow torch — Acetylene torches
- Boring machines — Boring tools
- Burnishing machine — Burnishing wheels
- Calipers — Dial calipers; Vernier instruments
- Catalytic combustion analyzers — Reciprocating machinery combustion analyzers
- Cold chisels — Airhammer chisels
- Combination wrenches
- Cutting die — Cutting dies
- Cutting machines
- Desktop computers
- Dollies — Equipment rollers
- Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses; Punch presses; Radial drills
- End cut pliers — Side cutting pliers
- Feeler gauges — Angled feeler gauges
- Flat hand file — Flat files
- Flowmeters — Flow meters
- Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Gas welding equipment
- Grease guns
- Grinders — Lapping wheels
- Half round file — Half-round files
- Hammers — Brass hammers
- Hand pumps
- Hand reamer — Reamers
- Height gauges — Gauges
- Hex keys — Allen wrenches; Hex wrenches
- Hoists — Chain falls; Chain hoists
- Horizontal turning center — Engine lathes; Turning lathes
- Hydraulic press brake — Hydraulic squeezers
- Impact wrenches — Power wrenches
- Induction heaters — Bearing heating ovens
- Laser measuring systems — Laser measuring equipment
- Laser printers
- Level sensors or transmitters — Transit levels
- Levels — Level gauges; Precision levels
- Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers
- Magnetic tools — Magnetic retrievers
- Magnifiers — Alignment scopes
- Metal band sawing machine — Bandsaws
- Metal broaching machines — Broaching machines
- Metal cutters — Aviation snips
- Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders
- Microcontrollers — Programmable logic controllers PLC
- Micrometers — Inside micrometers; Outside micrometers
- Mill saw file — Single-cut mill saw files
- Milling machines
- Needlenose pliers
- Personal computers
- Pipe or tube cutter — Flange facing machines
- Pipe wrenches
- Pitch measuring instruments — Screw pitch gauges
- Plasma arc welding machine — Plasma cutters
- Platform lift — Staging platforms
- Plumb bobs
- Pneumatic drill — Airpowered descaling drills
- Pneumatic hammer — Pneumatic hammers
- Pneumatic sanding machines — Airpowered descaling turbines; Sandblasters
- Positioning jig — Jigs
- Power drills
- Power grinders — Cylindrical grinders; Grinding wheels; Precision grinders
- Power sanders — Scalers
- Power saws
- Pressure indicators — Hydrostatic testers
- Pressure or steam cleaners — Steam cleaning equipment
- Pressure or vacuum recorders — Pressure gauges
- Profile projectors — Optical measuring equipment
- Pry bars — Pinchbars
- Pullers — Hydraulic pullers
- Punches or nail sets or drifts — Punches
- Putty knives
- Ratchets — Ratchet sets
- Rivet tools — Riveting tools
- Rubber mallet — Rubber mallets
- Safety glasses — Welding lenses
- Saws — Handsaws
- Scissor lift or lift table — Scissor lifts
- Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers
- Shaper cutter — Shaping machines
- Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Shielded arc welding tools
- Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers
- Slings — Rigging equipment
- Socket sets — Socket wrench sets
- Soldering iron — Soldering irons
- Spot welding machine — Portable welding equipment; Spot welders
- Squares — Cylindrical procedures squares; Precision squares
- Straight edges — Straightedges
- Strain gauges — Bearing bridge gauges
- Suction cups — Vacuum lifts
- Tachometers — Strobe tachometers
- Tape measures
- Taps — Metal cutting taps
- Telescoping gauge — Telescoping gauges
- Thickness measuring devices — Space gauges; Thickness gauges
- Threading dies — Pipe threaders
- Threading machine — Threading devices
- Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes
- Tube end finisher — Facing machines
- Tungsten carbide abrasive wheels — Emery wheels
- Tungsten inert gas welding machine — Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
- Utility knives
- Vacuum gauges
- Vibration testers — Vibration analyzers
- Voltage or current meters — Voltmeters
- Wedges — Steel wedges
- Welder torch — Brazing equipment
- Welding masks — Welding shields
- Welding robots — Robotic teach pendants
- Welding tip dresser or accessories — Welding tip dressers
- Wire brushes — Electric rotary wire brushes; Rotating brushes
- Wire cutters
- Workshop cranes
Technology used in this occupation:
- Computer aided design CAD software
- Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — Extranet Machine Tools Suite
- Data base user interface and query software — Maintenance planning and control software
- Enterprise resource planning ERP software — SAP software
- Facilities management software — Maintenance management software
- Industrial control software — BIT Corp ProMACS PLC; KEYENCE PLC Ladder Logic
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Cut materials according to specifications or needs.
- Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
- Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
- Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order.
- Maintain work equipment or machinery.
- Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning.
- Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
- Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
- Inspect mechanical equipment to locate damage, defects, or wear.
- Operate welding equipment.
- Reassemble equipment after repair.
- Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
- Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
- Observe equipment in operation to detect potential problems.
- Maintain repair or maintenance records.
- Interpret blueprints, specifications, or diagrams to inform installation, development or operation activities.
- Record information about parts, materials or repair procedures.
- Analyze test or performance data to assess equipment operation.
- Train others in operational procedures.
- Enter codes or other information into computers.
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||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.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|25||High school diploma or equivalent|
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
|17-3029.09||Manufacturing Production Technicians|
|49-2092.00||Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers|
|49-2094.00||Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment|
|49-3023.01||Automotive Master Mechanics|
|49-3042.00||Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines|
|49-9043.00||Maintenance Workers, Machinery|
|49-9071.00||Maintenance and Repair Workers, General Bright Outlook Green|
|51-8021.00||Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2015)||$23.89 hourly, $49,690 annual|
|Employment (2014)||332,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Much faster than average (14% or higher)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||145,900|
|Top industries (2014)||
Manufacturing (53% employed in this sector)
Wholesale Trade (10%)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
Disclaimer: Sources are listed to provide additional information on related jobs, specialties, and/or industries. Links to non-DOL Internet sites are provided for your convenience and do not constitute an endorsement.
- Industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers and millwrights . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.
- Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) , 2300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22201. Phone: (703) 548-3118. Fax: (703) 548-3119.
- Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) , 6700 West Snowville Rd., Brecksville, OH 44141-3292. Phone: (440) 526-0300. Fax: (440) 526-5803.