Vibration Technician

Fix mechanical parts that vibrate too much.
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Salary Range
$34,000 – $81,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Vibration Technicians do?

A Vibration Technician services machines that have some kind of rotating component. Rotating equipment vibrates, and when a Vibration Analyst has detected that a particular piece of machinery is going to fail based on careful analysis of the vibrations of its components, a Vibration Technician is called in to fix or replace malfunctioning parts. This work sidesteps costly, unnecessary repairs and replacements, as well as complete system failure.

When you’re a Vibration Technician, you repair issues such as misalignment, imbalance, mechanical looseness, eccentric shafts, gear wear, broken teeth, bearing wear, loose rotor bars, and poor end turn connections. This kind of repair can be applied to any kind of equipment that rotates, such as electric motors, fans, machine tools, paper machines, turbines, conveyor belt drives, pumps, air-compressors, motor-generator sets, reciprocating engines, rolling mills, and mining equipment. In short, you should enjoy being around large equipment and machinery.

This is a very important job in the manufacturing industry, and your employers will greatly appreciate your cost-saving work. It’s very vital because stopping a problem before it starts is one of the most valuable ways to run a manufacturing plant.

You get to work with heavy machinery, hand tools, and sophisticated equipment, but you should also be comfortable working with other people. You should be a good communicator because you’ll be having lots of conversations with the Vibration Analyst to figure out problems. Needless to say, you should also enjoy working in a repair shop.

Should I be a Vibration Technician?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: ICE Technician, Oscillograph Technician

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