Industrial Machinery Mechanic
Industrial machinery and pipeline distribution equipment aren’t perfect systems. They are subject to wear and tear and need to be maintained every now and then to prevent them from completely breaking down. In some instances, they actually do succumb to the intense conditions in factories and malfunction. The job of maintaining, repairing and adjusting these kinds of equipment fall in the hands of industrial machinery mechanics. They are responsible for keeping machinery involved in industrial production and processing in working condition.
To fulfill maintenance tasks, industrial machinery mechanics may have to clean or lubricate individual parts or make adjustments to various components. They can also perform regular examination of the equipment in the factory to check if a part has already been subjected to too much wear and tear and needs to be replaced before it breaks down. If equipment has malfunctioned, they may need to use voltmeters and other devices and subject them to different types of testing to determine what the issue is. They may also need to read machine error messages and other results so they can give the correct diagnoses. If repair is really necessary, they may need to manually take apart the machine before they can fix or replace the faulty component. They may also need to requisition for the replacement components if it isn’t immediately available.
After repairs have been carried out, industrial machinery mechanics see to it that correct fixes have been instituted by operating the machine themselves first. Once they are assured that the issues have been addressed, they will then reassemble the components and will hand over the machine to its operator. They will then make the necessary reports detailing the parts used and the type of repair carried out for recording purposes.
Why Become an Industrial Machinery Mechanic
A career as an industrial machinery mechanic is for those who enjoy working with large industrial equipment and machinery. They work is even more fulfilling for those who enjoy troubleshooting production equipment to determine what the problem is and proposing solutions to address the issue. The profession of an industrial machinery mechanic is also quite satisfying for those who want to control the operations of equipment or systems. Those who have knowledge of engineering and technology as well as tools, computers and construction will also find that this profession gives them the chance to put what they have learned in actual practice.
Industrial Machinery Mechanic Work Environment
Industrial machinery mechanics can be found working in factories, construction sites and power plants. Their work schedule is usually fulltime and follows regular business hours although they may be required to work overtime if necessary. The work environment can be noisy and hazardous since they are dealing with large industrial equipment. As a result, they have a higher rate of injuries than the national average. To minimize illnesses and injuries, industrial machinery mechanics may need to wear protective gear like gloves, ear plugs and safety goggles. The position can be physically demanding since they may need to perform work on cramped spaces and climb ladders to be able to reach equipment.