Scale Mechanic

Install, calibrate, and repair weighing scales.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$30,000 – $68,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Scale Mechanics do?

Installs, calibrates, and repairs weighing scales, using handtools, power tools, and standard test weights: Moves scale into position, using hoists and rollers. Inserts shims between scale base and foundation to level scale. Secures scale to foundation, using handtools. Tests scale, using certified weights, and adjusts pivots, dial settings, and pendulums to ensure that weight indication meets legal specifications. Turns setscrews to adjust spring scales. Disassembles scales and repairs or replaces worn or damaged parts, such as pivots and bearings, using bench grinder, handtools, and power tools. Straightens, cleans, and repaints structural parts of scale. May install, adjust, and repair electronically controlled scales.

Should I be a Scale Mechanic?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Stoker-Installation Mechanic

    How to become a Scale Mechanic

    Most Scale Mechanics have an Associate's degree or a Certificate. Chart?chd=s:19ckaa&chl=no+college+%2842%25%29|certificate+%2849%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|bachelor%27s+%288%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,42,49
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