Industrial mechanics are responsible for operating, repairing, and troubleshooting industrial equipment for their organizations, as well as verifying industrial machinery operations and settings. They use a range of industrial tools to check for failures and calibration, and they should be organized, pay close attention to detail, and work well with other mechanics to complete production objectives in a timely manner.
Industrial mechanics must follow strict safety regulations to prevent work accidents and use protective gear such as goggles, gloves, and boots when working with dangerous machinery. These mechanics also upgrade and provide regular maintenance to existing equipment, provide basic training to industrial machine operators, diagnose problems based on manuals and extensive experience, and relocate and assemble equipment using diagrams. They must develop strong business relationships with vendors and clients and be familiar with a variety of hydraulic and pneumatic models. Strong interpersonal skills are important in this position to work well with co-workers and supervisors, and they typically use a personal computer to research specific equipment models. They must always follow codes and adhere to manufacturers' specifications and written instructions based on project needs, and they should be able to stand on their feet for several hours at a time and lift heavy objects on a regular basis.
A bachelor's degree is generally required for this position, and prior experience in the industry is highly beneficial. Industry certifications are also helpful.
Industrial Mechanic Tasks
Perform preventative maintenance and inspect parts for signs of excessive wear or damage.
Diagnose malfunctions and analyze results using testing devices.
Repair and replace broken machine components.