Industrial Machinery Mechanics

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Industrial Machinery Mechanics

Industrial Machinery Mechanics - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, industrial machinery mechanics:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a low to medium level of social interaction. They often have discussions with machine operators, but also work alone.
  • Communicate with others by face-to-face discussions and sometimes by telephone.
  • May on occasion be placed in conflict situations in which others may become rude or angry.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other mechanics.
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  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Sometimes work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often work indoors.
  • Often wear protective clothing and gear, such as earplugs and work boots.
  • Are often exposed to hazardous equipment.
  • Are often exposed to contaminants.
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  • Are sometimes exposed to noises that are loud or uncomfortable.
  • Are often exposed to hazardous situations and conditions.
  • May have to get into awkward positions to reach cramped work places.
  • May be exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures. Indoor work sites may not be temperature-controlled.
  • Occasionally must climb to high places to complete a task.
  • May share work space with others.
  • Sometimes work in either very bright or very dim lighting.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Errors could result in injuries to machine operators.
  • Must keep pace with the speed of equipment.
  • May make some decisions and set daily tasks and goals independently. They also seek input from supervisors from time to time.
  • Repeat the same physical and mental activities.
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  • Must meet strict daily deadlines.


  • Work at least 40 hours per week. Schedules are generally established.
  • May work overtime or weekends to fix broken machines.
  • May be on-call to come in for emergency repairs.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.