Fluid-Power Mechanic

Fabricate, assemble, service, maintain, and repair fluid power equipment.
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Salary Range
$24,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Fluid-Power Mechanics do?

Fabricates, assembles, services, maintains, repairs, and tests fluid power equipment, such as power steering units, and components, following blueprints, schematics, or drawings, using handtools, power tools, and testing devices and applying knowledge of hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical principles: Analyzes blueprints, schematics, diagrams, and drawings to determine fabrication specifications. Sets up and operates milling machines, lathes, shapers, grinders, drill presses, and welders to make precision parts. Verifies conformance to specifications, using instruments, such as micrometers, verniers, and calipers. Assembles fluid power components, such as pumps, cylinders, valves, reservoirs, motors, accumulators, filters, and controls, using handtools and holding devices. Connects unit to test equipment, and analyzes and records data, such as fluid pressure, flow measure, and power loss due to friction and parts wear. Recommends modifications in unit and in test procedures, instrumentation, or setup, based on analysis of test results.

Should I be a Fluid-Power Mechanic?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Parts Mechanic

    How to become a Fluid-Power Mechanic

    Most Fluid-Power Mechanics have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9weaaa&chl=no+college+%2854%25%29|certificate+%2842%25%29|associate%27s+%284%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,54,54
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