Maintenance Mechanic

Keep appliances and machines of all sizes in good repair.
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Salary Range
$30,000 – $68,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Maintenance Mechanics do?

Maintenance Mechanics install, inspect, maintain, and repair complex mechanical equipment and electrical systems that function as the central nervous systems of facilities and operations. That makes them kind of like mechanical Neurosurgeons, operating on the metal innards of machines.

Today more than ever, machines make the world go round. Hospitals, laboratories, factories, power plants, schools, stadiums, shopping malls — all of them are powered by complex systems. When you’re a Maintenance Mechanic, your specialty is the large production machines found in factories and plants.

Armed with an arsenal of hand and power tools, you spend your days as a Maintenance Mechanic at high heights, in awkward positions, and in confined spaces, working in, around, under, and on top of machines in order to tinker with them. Those machines include motors, generators, pumps, air compressors, and conveyors, and your work involves such daily tasks as pipefitting, boiler making, insulating, fabricating, welding, machining, repairing, aligning, balancing, installing, and replacing.

Whether you’re installing a new machine or repairing an existing one, your work typically involves reading schematics and blueprints, troubleshooting problems, and performing diagnostics. You also order, fabricate, assemble, and test parts. In addition, you perform routine maintenance tasks such as painting, patching, and carpentry. You might work on specialized industry machines or standard facilities equipment, such as electric generators, plumbing systems, furnaces, and HVAC systems.

Available for routine maintenance as well as emergency repair, you’re equal parts Machinist and medic, doing all the heavy lifting — literally — for your employer so that it can continue to power its business.

Should I be a Maintenance Mechanic?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Channel Man, Electrician, Maintenance, Fitting-Room Maintenance Mechanic, Linotype-Maintenance-Mechanic Apprentice See More

    How to become a Maintenance Mechanic

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