Industrial machinery mechanics maintain and repair large production line machines.

Do you love to tinker with the large appliances around your house? Is a fixer-upper your idea of a fun weekend project? As an industrial machinery mechanic, you’ll put your handy-man skills to work in the real world. Your work environment will be the production floor, where you’ll spend your days repairing and maintaining large pieces of manufacturing equipment such as conveying systems, production machinery, and packaging equipment.

Using your own set of tools, you’ll diagnose and repair any issues related to the function of large, industrial machines. Most of your work will involve mechanical or electrical pieces, so you’ll need a solid grasp of how the machine’s systems work in order to properly solve the problem. You’ll be working with other mechanics and technicians and reporting to a maintenance supervisor on the repairs you’ve made. You might be asked to file reports in order to keep track of mechanical problems.

Your job will involve heavy equipment and parts, so you’ll need to be able to lift and hold a large amount of weight. You’ll need good eyesight and physical dexterity. Because many of the machines are so large, you’ll need to be comfortable with heights, small, enclosed spaces, and the dark.

Previous experience with large machines is a bonus on your resume, but most employers will offer on-the-job training to prepare you for the work you’ll do. Look into an apprenticeship or mechanical training courses for even more of a boost.

Also Known As:

Appliance Mechanic, Area Mechanic, Machine Overhauler, Maintenance Mechanic

Critical Skills


  • Assemble and Reassemble Machinery
  • Design
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Equipment Maintenance, Monitoring, Troubleshooting, and Repair
  • Industrial Machinery
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Knowledge (Machines and Tools)
  • Production
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance
  • Safety Regulations and Procedures


  • Active Listening
  • Communication - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking/Oral
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Decision Making
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Operations Monitoring
  • Problem Solving
  • Quality Assurance
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management

Key Responsibilities

  • Inspect machines for problems
  • Clean, oil, and grease machine parts
  • Test equipment using computerized diagnostic systems
  • Analyze test results to diagnose equipment problems
  • Assemble, adjust, disassemble, and repair machines
  • Keep records of parts and inventory
  • Refer to written, visual, and oral directions to install and repair machinery
  • Document machine maintenance
  • Demonstrate machine use

Special Requirements

  • Heavy Lifting Ability


  • Handyman/Fixing Things
  • Machines

How to get this job

Small engine repair certificate, software and hardware knowledge.

Next Steps for this job

Gain experience with engine repair and maintenance, clean driving record, drug free.

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.