Industrial Machinery Mechanic

Good with your hands
When handling very small parts, workers must have a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination.
Mechanical skills
Putting it all together
Industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights use technical manuals and sophisticated diagnostic equipment to figure out why machines are not working. Workers must be able to reassemble large, complex machines after finishing a repair.
Find the solutions
Industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights must observe, diagnose, and fix problems that a machine may be having.

Job Description

Industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery, such as conveying systems, production machinery, and packaging equipment. Millwrights install, dismantle, repair, reassemble, and move machinery in factories, power plants, and construction sites.

They typically do the following:

  • Read technical manuals to understand equipment
  • Repair or replace broken components
  • Detect minor problems by performing diagnostic tests
  • Clean and lubricate equipment or machinery
  • Install or repair machinery and equipment
  • Adjust and align machine parts
  • Move machinery and equipment

Industrial machinery mechanics, also called maintenance machinists, keep machines in good working order. To do this task, they must be able to detect and correct errors before the machine or the products it produces are damaged. Industrial machinery mechanics use technical manuals, their understanding of industrial equipment, and careful observation to determine the cause of a problem. For example, after hearing a vibration from a machine, they must decide whether it is the result of worn belts, weak motor bearings, or some other problem. These mechanics often need years of training and experience to be able to diagnose all of the problems they find in their work. They may use computerized diagnostic systems and vibration analysis techniques to help figure out the source of problems. Examples of machines they may work with are robotic welding arms, automobile assembly line conveyor belts, and hydraulic lifts.

Job Outlook

Median Pay – $54,920
2 Year Associate’s Degree
No Related Work Experience
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Lowest 10%
Highest 10%
The industries that hired the most were:



Wholesale trade


Commercial and industrial machinery and equipment




TN College of Applied Technology - Athens


  • Time Commitment – Full Time
  • Scholarship/TN Promise Eligible – Yes
  • Cost – $8,140

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Today’s industrial machinery integrates mechanical and electrical systems. The electro-mechanical technician is equipped with the skills and knowledge to install and maintain a wide range of equipment in the modern industrial world. In this innovative educational program, students learn various aspects of industrial electricity, industrial mechanics, and automated control systems.

This multi-craft training opportunity is designed to meet the occupational needs of the advanced manufacturing sector. Electro-mechanical technicians install, maintain, and repair industrial equipment, such as conveying systems, production machinery, and packaging equipment. Graduates may find employment in manufacturing, power plants, and construction.


  • Program Length – 1 Year (Diploma)
  • Average Pay – $44,755 / yr
  • Job Placement – 100%

Graduates of the Industrial Maintenance Mechatronics program leave with the ability to install, maintain, and troubleshoot industrial electrical control systems, including programmable logical control (PLC), automation, robotics, and mechanical systems including hydraulics and pneumatics.

The industrial maintenance technician is responsible for installation, troubleshooting and repair of equipment and machinery in various types of manufacturing operations.  The industrial maintenance technician must be a multi-talented individual with a specific skill set with the ability to maintain equipment and machinery operating at peak performance, eliminating costly downtime.  Additionally, an industrial maintenance technician must be able to perform preventative and predictive maintenance.

Students in the industrial maintenance technician program learn electrical and mechanical theory and experience through hands-on opportunities in safety, industrial motor control, and programmable logic control (PLC), automation, robotics, process control, hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanical maintenance, and welding/oxyfuel cutting, all of which are necessary for a successful career in the maintenance field. Both day and evening classes are offered on main campus and a day class offer at the Kimball Site.


TN College of Applied Technology - Chattanooga