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 Good hands make great careers: A look at industrial machinery mechanics  Are you mechanically inclined? Do you enjoy working with your hands, troubleshooting and repairing equipment? If so, then why not earn a good living doing what you enjoy by becoming an industrial machinery mechanic?  Industrial machinery mechanics are vital to the continued operation of plants and factories. Tese mechanics perform a wide variety of duties, such as preventive maintenance, detecting breakdown conditions before they happen, making machinery adjustments, and repairing equipment using blueprints, sketches, diagrams, and a variety of tools. Industrial machinery mechanics are in constant demand in the Gulf Coast region, as well as at the state and national level. Te demand for industrial machinery mechanics translates into outstanding career opportunities for individuals entering into the workforce. Good hands make great careers: A look at Industrial Machinery Mechanics

Are you mechanically inclined? If so, then why not earn a good living doing what you enjoy by becoming an industrial machinery mechanic? Industrial machinery mechanic's jobs cover a broad set of mechanical expertise to repair and troubleshoot a variety of factory, farming, and other production or service equipment.

Industrial machinery mechanics are vital to the continued operation of plants and factories because they keep the machines going. They perform a wide variety of onsite upkeep: preventive maintenance, detecting breakdown conditions before they happen, making machinery adjustments, and repairing equipment using blueprints, sketches, diagrams, and a specialty tools. With a variety of industry options, industrial machinery mechanics are in high demands across the board in the Gulf Coast region.


What are their main jobs & skills?*

The following jobs and skills cover what is needed and it's percent importance in this occupation from other Industrial Machinery Mechanics. 

  •  82.4% - Equipment Maintenance
    • Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. 
  • 82.4% - Repairing
    • Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • 80% - Operation Monitoring
    • Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • 77.6% - Troubleshooting
    • Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • 72.4% - Operationg & Quality Control
    • Controlling operations of equipment or systems, and conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • 77.6% - Arm-Hand Steadiness
    • The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • 77.6% - Manual Dexterity
    • The ability to quickly move your hand(s) or your hand together with your arm to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • 75% - Finger Dexterity
    • The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • 75% - Control Precision
    • The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • 75% - Multilimb Coordination
    • Being able to control two or more limbs in different ways at the same time.

*Source: Texas Career Check.


Where are they found?

Industrial Machinery mechanics are found in a variety of industries in the gulf coast region


Industrial Machinery Mechanic jobs in the Gulf Coast Region are estimated to increase by more than 28 percent by 2024 and they earn much higher wages than persons with a similar education level!

Industrial Machinery Mechanic jobs in the Gulf Coast Region are estimated to increase by more than 27% by 2024


Estimates show that the Gulf Coast Region will need approximately 600 new mechanics every year

 Estimates show that the Gulf Coast Region will need approximately 600 new mechanics every year, 310 annual job openings from growth and 290 annual job openings from replacements


Pathway to Becoming an Industrial Machinery Mechanic

High School Endorsement Business & Industry

Some high schools offer career and technology programs that provide students with an opportunity to explore what it would be like to work as an industrial machinery mechanic and learn real job skills. Individuals who complete high school career and technology training and/or follow the high school endorsement pathway will be better prepared for post-secondary education and training programs.

In addition to a high school diploma or a GED, employers generally require at least a year of on-the-job training or combined work experience and formal classroom instruction where they learn routine tasks and shop mechanics. In the past, candidates have entered this field by getting hired to perform general maintenance work. Subsequently, they learn the necessary technical skills over the course of several years to advance in their career.

As machinery gets more complex, it is becoming increasingly difficult to enter this field without formal training. Industrial machinery mechanics usually must have knowledge of electricity, electronics, hydraulics and pneumatics, although some individuals may specialize in one or more of these areas. In the Gulf Coast region, there are two options for preparing for an industrial machinery mechanic career:

  • Training programs at postsecondary vocational schools
  • Training programs at community colleges

Some high schools offer career and technology programs that provide students with an opportunity to explore what it would be like to work as an industrial machinery mechanic and learn real job skills. Individuals who complete high school career and technology training will be better prepared for post-secondary education and training programs.


Gulf Coast Region Industrial Machinery Mechanic Programs

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Gulf Coast Region Industrial Machinery Mechanic Programs

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*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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