Maintenance Workers, Machinery

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Also known as:
Crane Oiler

ABOUT MACHINERY MAINTENANCE WORKER CAREERS
Video transcript

When a production line stops, a company stops making money. Maintenance machinists are crucial to keeping production running. Machinery maintenance workers - also called industrial mechanics or maintenance machinists - not only repair broken machines but must also be able to spot minor problems and fix them. For this reason, preventive maintenance, inspection and checking machine performance is a big part of the job.

When a machine breaks down, the maintenance machinist must analyze the problem, disassemble the machine, repair or replace the problem parts, and re-assemble the machine. Because factories and other facilities cannot afford breakdowns of industrial machinery, maintenance mechanics may be called to the plant at night or on weekends for emergency repairs.

Overtime is common among machinery maintenance workers. Mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity are important characteristics for workers in this job. Because repairs may require lifting heavy objects or climbing to reach equipment located high above the floor, good physical conditioning and agility are required.

Machine maintenance workers can enter the trade through a 4-year apprenticeship sponsored by a trade union. Other workers start as helpers and pick up the needed skills. Companies rely on talented employees and quality machinery. Making sure the equipment runs properly is the job of the machinery maintenance worker.

SNAPSHOT
Lubricate machinery, change parts, or perform other routine machinery maintenance.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
MED
Daily tasks

Remove hardened material from machines or machine parts, using abrasives, power and hand tools, jackhammers, sledgehammers, or other equipment.

Inventory and requisition machine parts, equipment, and other supplies so that stock can be maintained and replenished.

Replace or repair metal, wood, leather, glass, or other lining in machines, or in equipment compartments or containers.

Install, replace, or change machine parts and attachments, according to production specifications.

Record production, repair, and machine maintenance information.

Collect and discard worn machine parts and other refuse to maintain machinery and work areas.

Set up and operate machines, and adjust controls to regulate operations.

Replace, empty, or replenish machine and equipment containers such as gas tanks or boxes.

Transport machine parts, tools, equipment, and other material between work areas and storage, using cranes, hoists, or dollies.

Clean machines and machine parts, using cleaning solvents, cloths, air guns, hoses, vacuums, or other equipment.

Collaborate with other workers to repair or move machines, machine parts, or equipment.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Controlling Machines and Processes Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
TOP SKILLS
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.