Maintenance machinists generally implement and maintain industrial machinery, and are often employed by chemical plants and manufacturing facilities. They are responsible for carrying out routine maintenance on these machines and troubleshooting them when they are not working correctly, and may occasionally need to rebuild them, so it is important to be able to comprehend various blueprints and manuals.
Maintenance machinists must be proficient with both hand tools and power tools, including mills, grinders, and other welding tools. Some positions require machinists to develop plans relating to how the work is carried out; some of this planning may be done on a computer, so computer skills are highly beneficial.
The job will often require machinists to work in loud environments, possibly around hazardous materials and conditions. Knowledge of electrical systems, pneumatic systems, metal work, and hydraulic systems may be required for the position. The work is often strenuous and requires much physical strength, so physical testing may be administered prior to obtaining the job. Generally a minimum of a high school diploma is required, and certification from a trade school and prior work experience may also be required.
Maintenance Machinist Tasks
Inspect machines to determine efficiency and detect problems.
Set up and operate machines in accordance with regulations.
Perform routine machinery maintenance, change parts, and lubricate machinery.
Dismantle and reassemble machines to test damaged parts and mark defective areas.