Maintenance mechanics work with large production machines, typically in factories. They oversee the machine’s performance and upkeep. Maintenance mechanics coordinate the maintenance of a machine with managers of the organization. Unless a machine breaks down, maintenance typically occurs during during off-peak hours so production continues efficiently. Mechanics clean the machine entirely by removing parts and cleaning thoroughly. They oil or lubricate moving parts so that they continue working effectively. If they see any parts that may be damaged or broken, they document the problem and order new parts for the machine. If the maintenance mechanic is working on a machine that broke down unexpectedly, they are responsible for fixing it as quickly and efficiently as possible so there is as little downtime as possible.
These machines are typically very large and complex, meaning maintenance mechanics must be trained and experienced in their specific field or machine. Maintenance mechanics typically must complete a relevant training program at a vocational or community college; some of these colleges require aptitude tests be taken before admission.
There are typically a few maintenance mechanics working for an organization, so one is available at all times that the business is in operation. If it is a 24-hour production cycle, the maintenance mechanics’ schedules must collectively cover all points in the day. This means the mechanics' schedules may vary.
Maintenance Mechanic Tasks
- Maintain work and shop area and stock tools, parts and supplies.
- Complete written record of work performed.
- Perform preventative maintenance inspections.
- Complete repairs and parts replacements.
- Repair, install, adjust or maintain machines or vehicles.