Industrial Machinery Mechanics


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Industrial Machinery Mechanics

Industrial Machinery Mechanics - Physical Demands

Industrial machinery mechanics frequently:

  • Stand for long periods of time.
  • Use their hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
  • Walk or run for long periods of time.
  • Bend or twist their body.
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  • Kneel, stoop, crouch, or crawl.

It is important for industrial machinery mechanics to be able to:

  • Hold the arm and hand in one position or hold the hand steady while moving the arm.
  • Use one or two hands to grasp, move, or assemble objects.
  • Use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble very small objects.
  • Make quick, precise adjustments to machine controls.
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  • Move two or more limbs together (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while remaining in place.
  • React quickly using hands, fingers, or feet.
  • See details of objects that are less than a few feet away.
  • Hear sounds and recognize the difference between them.
  • Determine the distance between objects.
  • See differences between colors, shades, and brightness.
  • Use muscles to lift, push, pull, or carry heavy objects.
  • Bend, stretch, twist, or reach out.
  • Use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body for long periods without getting tired.
  • See details of objects that are more than a few feet away.
  • Focus on one source of sound and ignore others.
  • Understand the speech of another person.
  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
  • Adjust body movements or equipment controls to keep pace with speed changes of moving objects.

It is not as important, but still necessary, for industrial machinery mechanics to be able to:

  • Move arms and legs quickly.
  • Coordinate movement of several parts of the body, such as arms and legs, while the body is moving.
  • Keep or regain the body's balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  • Be physically active for long periods without getting tired or out of breath.
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  • Determine from which direction a sound came.
  • Choose quickly and correctly among various movements when responding to different signals.
  • Make fast, repeated movements of fingers, hands, and wrists.
  • Use muscles for extended periods without getting tired.
  • See objects in very bright or glaring light.
  • See objects in very low light.
  • While looking forward, see objects or movements that are off to the side.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.