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Industrial Machinery Mechanics
(SOC Code : 49-9041)
in California

Repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems. Exclude "Millwrights" (49-9044), "Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines" (49-3042), and "Maintenance Workers, Machinery" (49-9043) who perform only routine tasks.

Employers usually expect an employee in this occupation to be able to do the job after Long-term on-the-job training (> 12 months) .

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
California 20221st Qtr$32.64$23.91$30.43$38.53

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeTotal Job Openings
California 2018 - 202829,50031,5002,0006.829,970

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Commercial Machinery Repair/Maintenance 2,31111.2%
Machinery & Supply Merchant Wholesalers 7,2067.4%
Fruit, Vegetable, & Specialty Foods Mfg 1866.6%
Petroleum & Coal Products Manufacturing 4054.1%
Other Food Manufacturing 1,9433.2%
Beverage & Tobacco Product Manufacturing4,3843.2%
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1203.0%
Primary Metal Manufacturing 6222.8%
Plastics & Rubber Products Manufacturing1,1832.6%
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 4,8842.3%
Natural Gas Distribution 1552.0%
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Mfg 9981.8%
Semiconductor and Electronic Components 1,2921.8%
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 4661.7%
Pharmaceutical & Medicine Manufacturing 4771.5%
Machine Shops and Threaded Products 3,2361.3%
Aerospace Product & Parts Manufacturing 2531.2%
Commercial Goods Merchant Wholesalers 4,4531.2%
Electronic Markets and Agents/Brokers 1,6221.1%
Machinery & Equipment Rental & Leasing 8601.1%
Other General Purpose Machinery Mfg 9841.1%
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 2691.0%
Mining (except Oil and Gas) 3471.0%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology

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About This Occupation (from O*NET - The Occupation Information Network)[Top]
Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Repair or maintain the operating condition of industrial production or processing machinery or equipment.
Repair or replace broken or malfunctioning components of machinery or equipment.
Disassemble machinery or equipment to remove parts and make repairs.
Observe and test the operation of machinery or equipment to diagnose malfunctions, using voltmeters or other testing devices.
Reassemble equipment after completion of inspections, testing, or repairs.
Clean, lubricate, or adjust parts, equipment, or machinery.
Examine parts for defects, such as breakage or excessive wear.
Operate newly repaired machinery or equipment to verify the adequacy of repairs.
Analyze test results, machine error messages, or information obtained from operators to diagnose equipment problems.
Record parts or materials used and order or requisition new parts or materials as necessary.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
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.
Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

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