How Do I Become an Industrial Maintenance Mechanic?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari
Arc welding may be performed during industrial maintenance.
Arc welding may be performed during industrial maintenance.

In order to become an industrial maintenance mechanic, you will first need to complete a high school education or equivalent qualification. This job will require you to work on various types of machinery and machinery systems, so computer training is often preferred. It is possible to become an industrial maintenance mechanic by taking an entry-level position and then taking part in an apprenticeship program, but more and more employers now require candidates to have some sort of post-secondary education or training. An associate's degree or certificate program will usually be sufficient, but some positions will require you to earn a bachelor's degree in engineering or related fields.

While in high school, it is a good idea to pay close attention to math and science courses that will give you some of the basic skills to become an industrial maintenance mechanic. Once you graduate, you can choose to either continue your education with a post-secondary degree program or certificate program; you can also choose to enter a branch of the military that offers training in this area, though you will need to be prepared to commit to the military for several years. You may end up working in hostile territories as well, so make sure this is something you are prepared to do before you choose this course of action.

Of course, you can still become an industrial maintenance mechanic by taking part in job training. You can obtain an apprenticeship, during which time you will work full time under the guidance and supervision of a more experienced industrial maintenance mechanic. You will work as an apprentice for several years, and your pay will be lower than that of a full-time mechanic. Early on in your apprenticeship, you will perform only basic tasks, but as your training continues, you will be able to perform more and more complex tasks that will prepare you for a full-time position.

Once you become an industrial maintenance mechanic through any of the various career paths, you may need to maintain certain certifications or licenses. This means you will need to stay abreast of new developments, techniques, tools, and skills, and you may need to take part in training that keeps you up-to-date with industry progress. Safety training and certification may also be a part of your apprenticeship training as well as your ongoing training throughout your career as an industrial maintenance mechanic.

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    • Arc welding may be performed during industrial maintenance.
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      Arc welding may be performed during industrial maintenance.