Industrial Machinery MechanicJob Description:
Industrial machinery mechanics repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery.Job Category:
What you will do:
Your day-to-day will include tasks such as:
- recording parts or materials used
- ordering new parts or materials as necessary
- cleaning, lubricating, or adjusting equipment and machinery
- repairing or replacing broken or malfunctioning components of machinery or equipment; studying blueprints or manufacturers’ manuals to determine the correct installation or operation of machinery
- examining parts for defects, such as breakage or excessive wear
- observing and testing the operation of machinery or equipment to diagnose malfunctions, using voltmeters or other testing devices
- repairing or replace broken or malfunctioning components of machinery or equipment
If you choose to specialise in a specific type of machinery, your day-to-day tasks might differ. For example, if you specialise as a wind turbine service technician, they might include:
- assisting in the assembly of individual wind generators or construction of wind farms
- training end-users, distributors, installers, or other technicians in wind commissioning, testing, or other technical procedures. Inspect or repair fibreglass turbine blades.
- inspecting or repairing fibreglass turbine blades
- testing structures, controls, or mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical systems, according to test plans or in coordination with engineers
- climbing wind turbine towers to inspect, maintain, or repair equipment
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- maths knowledge
- design skills and knowledge (creativity)
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
As well as:
Becoming an Industrial Machinery Mechanic, also known as an Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, typically involves a combination of education, technical skills, and hands-on experience. While there isn’t a strict set of GCSE subjects that are absolutely required, certain subjects can provide a strong foundation for pursuing a career in this field, such as:
- Mathematics: Mathematics is crucial for understanding measurements, calculations, and technical specifications related to machinery. Mechanics often involve precise measurements and mathematical concepts.
- Design and Technology (D&T): D&T courses can help develop problem-solving skills, practical skills, and an understanding of machinery, materials, and processes.
- Physics: Physics provides insights into various mechanical principles, such as force, motion, and energy. Understanding these principles can be valuable when working with industrial machinery.
- Science Subjects (Mechanics/Engineering Focus): If your school offers any science subjects with a focus on mechanics or engineering principles, such as Applied Science or Engineering, taking these courses could provide relevant knowledge.
- Information Technology (IT): In today’s industrial settings, technology is often integrated into machinery and equipment. Some knowledge of IT can be useful for understanding digital controls and systems.
- English: Effective communication skills are important in any profession, including industrial machinery mechanics. Clear communication is essential when interacting with colleagues and documenting maintenance procedures.
- Business Studies (Optional): While not directly related, having some knowledge of business concepts can be valuable if you plan to work as a maintenance mechanic in a business or industrial setting.
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- a university degree
- an apprenticeship
You could start by taking a course that will give you some of the skills needed for a trainee job after you finish. In the UK, for example, courses include:
- Certificate in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance
- Diploma in Construction Plant or Machinery Maintenance
- Diploma in Plant Maintenance
You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a relevant subject, such as:
- renewable energy engineering
- electrical or mechanical engineering
- electrical power engineering
You can get into this job through an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in a subject such as:
- mechanical engineering
- electrical engineering
- maintenance engineering technology
- construction civil engineering
- engineering technician
- manufacturing engineering: wind generation
Working Hours and Environment:
You’ll normally work 37 to 40 hours, 5 days a week. Shift work and overtime are common and you may be on-call to deal with emergencies.
You could be based in a factory or production plant. You might also work in shopping centres or office blocks.
You’ll wear protective clothing including overalls, a hard hat and safety boots.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could progress to:
- construction plant technician
- technical service representative
- site supervisor
- site manager
- authorised technician, with responsibility for supervising a technical team, and dealing with health and safety
- operations and maintenance manager
- control systems engineer
- energy engineer.
You could also set up your own business.