Industrial Machinery Mechanics
Education & Training
To work as an industrial machinery mechanic, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or GED; and
- complete an apprenticeship program or long-term on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Some industrial machinery mechanics go through apprenticeship training. Union and non-union apprenticeship programs are available. Admission to apprenticeship programs is competitive. To apply for an apprenticeship, you must:
- have a high school diploma or GED;
- be at least 18 years old; and
- be in good physical condition.
Apprenticeship programs usually consist of four years of on-the-job training. You are paid for the time you spend on the job. In addition, each year you receive at least 144 hours of classroom training.You can prepare for an apprenticeship by taking courses at a professional-technical or two-year school. Courses in electronics, electricity, general math, and drafting prepare students to enter apprenticeship programs. However, these courses are not required to qualify for an apprenticeship.
Many industrial machinery mechanics learn their skills on the job from an experienced worker. In this case, you begin as a helper and perform basic tasks. As you gain experience, you learn more complex tasks. Training usually takes about four years.
Some branches of the military train people to be powerhouse mechanics. Training lasts 12 to 24 weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.
If you receive this type of training in the military, you may earn credit for previous work experience when you enter a civilian apprenticeship program.
Related Programs (Current training programs available)
- Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology
- Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technologies, Other
Fields of Study (What to study to prepare for this career)
Click on any of the Fields of Study listed below to find out more about preparing for this career.
- Automotive Technology
- Electrical & Electronics Engineering Technology
- Electromechanical Engineering Technology
- Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology
- Industrial Mechanics
- Industrial Technology
Helpful High School Courses
You should take a general high school curriculum that meets the state's graduation requirements. You will be required to take both math and science classes to graduate.
Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this occupation include:
- Appliance Repair
- Blueprint Reading
- Equipment Maintenance and Repair
- Physical Education
The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.
You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.
Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career.
Source: Minnesota Department of Education.