Machine builders are generally responsible for building and/or assembling machinery, typically in the manufacturing industry. They are also tasked with repairing these machines, and this work is labor-intensive and often requires working with fire or rough and heavy materials. Strict adherence to safety standards is also important.
Machine builders do the majority of their work on the factory floor, including utilizing blueprints created by experienced engineers who have designed the equipment that the machine builder will create. The job often entails working in very loud and industrial environments and requires not only the ability to construct a machine with supplied parts, but also, under some circumstances, to fabricate these parts.
Machine builders must be able to read manufacturing and engineering blueprints, have knowledge and experience with metals and industrial equipment in a manufacturing environment, and the ability to make parts for machines to be built from scratch. This requires ingenuity, creativity, and engineering skills as well as expertise in machine construction to complete projects.
Machine builders commonly work on teams on the factory floor to work on projects with the help of electricians, designers, and other builders. An apprenticeship and at least seven years of work experience with machinery may be required by some employers for this position.
Machine Builder Tasks
Assemble mechanical devices including mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems.
Test, troubleshoot, and inspect assembled products for defects.
Complete paperwork such as work orders, forms and checklists associated with assembly of device.
Pull parts from inventory to assemble device.
Read and interpret process documentation, drawings, prints, diagrams, and/or schematics.