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Machinery Maintenance Worker  What They Do

Just the Facts


Lubricates machinery, change parts, or performs other routine machinery maintenance.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Maintenance, Installation and Repair pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Starts machines and observes mechanical operation to determine efficiency and to detect problems.
  • Reads work orders and specifications to determine machines and equipment requiring repair or maintenance.
  • Reassembles machines after the completion of repair or maintenance work.
  • Inspects or tests damaged machine parts, and marks defective areas or advise supervisors of repair needs.
  • Dismantles machines and removes parts for repair, using hand tools, chain falls, jacks, cranes, or hoists.
  • Installs, replaces, or changes machine parts and attachments, according to production specifications.
  • Collaborates with other workers to repair or move machines, machine parts, or equipment.
  • Inventories and requisitions machine parts, equipment, and other supplies so that stock can be maintained and replenished.
  • Records production, repair, and machine maintenance information.
  • Sets up and operates machines, and adjusts controls to regulate operations.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time
  • Work at heights above 8 feet more than once a month on structures such as ladders, poles, scaffolding, and catwalks

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work
  • Weekend work

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