Work to maintain, install, and upkeep the machines that allow production facilities to run smoothly. Maintain, adjust, or install the machinery that keeps production flow steady. The technical skills learned here are a great place to start if you ever have considered becoming an engineer. Learn more about being an Engineer here: Engineer Career Profile.

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Repair or maintain the operating condition of industrial production or processing machinery or equipment.
  • Repair or replace broken or malfunctioning components of machinery or equipment.
  • Disassemble machinery or equipment to remove parts and make repairs.
  • Observe and test the operation of machinery or equipment to diagnose malfunctions
  • Reassemble equipment after completion of inspections, testing, or repairs.
  • Clean, lubricate, or adjust parts, equipment, or machinery.
  • Examine parts for defects, such as breakage or excessive wear

Recommended Credentials

High School Diploma

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Engineering Program
— Northwestern Michigan College

Elsewhere in Michigan


Engineering, Technology, and Design
— Macomb Community College

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Look for engineering classes or programs in your school. Organizations such as FIRST offer a wide range of options to begin your engineering journey. 

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Look into programs at your North Ed Career Tech Center like the Engineering Academy or the Precision Machining Program through Northwest Education Services at the TBAISD Career Tech Center. The Engineering Academy has an articulation agreement with Northwestern Michigan College.

Pathway 2

If you are ever looking to specialize further, consider joining a 2-year program such as the Engineering Program offered by Northwestern Michigan College.

Pathway 3

Across the country, an Industrial Machinery Mechanic will normally get a pay level of $35,720 to $82,450 based on experience and talent and will most likely receive an average wage of $57,350 each year. It is an entry level opportunity that leads to a family sustaining career with experience and specialization. (


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


Sample Job Titles...

  • Fixer
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic
  • Industrial Mechanic
  • Loom Fixer
  • Machine Adjuster
  • Maintenance Mechanic

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10-Year Job Growth Projections

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Employed Regionally

In 2021 (10-County Region)

Wage Range & Median 10-County Region


Annual Hires Regionally

In 2021

Other Regional Career Resources

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Sample Career Pathways

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Diagram of Paths To and From Other Careers for Industrial Machinery Mechanic