|Quick Facts: Industrial Machinery Mechanics and Maintenance Workers|
|2010 Median Pay||
$44,160 per year
$21.23 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||See How to Become One|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||357,000|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||19% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||66,400|
Industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery, such as conveying systems, production machinery, and packaging equipment.
Workers must follow safety precautions and use protective equipment, such as hardhats, safety glasses, and hearing protectors. Most mechanics work full time. However, they may be on call or assigned to work nights or weekends. Overtime is common.
Both industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers typically need a high school diploma. However, industrial machinery mechanics need a year or more of training after high school, whereas machinery maintenance workers typically receive on-the-job training that lasts a few months to a year.
In May 2010, median annual wages for industrial machinery mechanics were $45,420, and median annual wages for machinery maintenance workers were $38,460.
Employment of industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers is expected to grow 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Increased use of manufacturing machinery will require more mechanics and maintenance workers to keep the machines in good working order. Applicants with broad skills should have favorable job prospects.
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