Industrial Machinery Mechanics

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Industrial Machinery Mechanics

Industrial Machinery Mechanics - Overview

Industrial machinery mechanics maintain and repair factory equipment and other machinery.

Industrial machinery mechanics try to prevent problems before they occur. They inspect machines to make sure they are working properly. They also clean, oil, and grease parts and tighten belts on a regular basis.

When equipment needs attention, mechanics talk to users to find out what is wrong. They inspect equipment and look for common problems such as loose or worn out parts.

To test the mechanical systems, mechanics use computerized diagnostic systems. Mechanics must take equipment apart to run these tests. They make adjustments or replace worn parts and put equipment back together. When they are finished, mechanics run the equipment to see if it works.

Then mechanics make adjustments or replace worn parts and put equipment back together. When they are finished, mechanics run machines to see if they work.

Mechanics are under pressure to fix equipment quickly because breakdowns usually stop or slow production. They often replace faulty parts with new parts, and bring the broken parts back to their shop for repair. They make sure they have a well-stocked inventory of new parts and keep track of the parts they used.

Mechanics keep some parts in stock. They keep track of which parts they have used and order more when the supply is low. Sometimes mechanics make new parts. They use machines to cut and shape metal. They may also weld pieces of metal together.

In addition to making repairs, mechanics help install new machines. They study blueprints and information from manufacturers. Once the machine is installed, mechanics make sure it is installed correctly. They demonstrate how the machine works to workers who will use it.

Mechanics keep records of their maintenance and repair work. They record which parts they replace on each machine and the date.

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