Repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems.

A Typical Day

  • Repair or maintain the operating condition of industrial production or processing 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, using voltmeters or other testing devices. 

Recommended Credentials

High School Diploma

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Northwestern Michigan College:

  1. Associates of Applied Science (AAS) in Manufacturing Technology, customizable curriculum
  2. Associates of Applied Science (AAS) Engineering Technology, Robotics and Automation specialization
  3. Certificate of Achievement, Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), 18 credits

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

  • Attend Manufacturing Day
  • Take a shop class at your high school

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD)

Career Tech Center – Precision Machining Technology

- Career Tech Center - Power Equipment

Ask your high school counselor about dual enrollment at NMC!

Pathway 2

Northwestern Michigan College
Associates of Applied Science in Manufacturing

Pathway 3

Northwestern Michigan College
Apprenticeship Pathway

Find experiential learning opportunities to advance faster in your career!


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...

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

Hear It From The Pros

10-Year Job Growth Projections

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Sample Career Pathways

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Diagram of Paths To and From Other Careers for Industrial Maintenance Technician

Real World Career Pathways

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