Industrial Maintenance Tech

Career Overview

$51,630
median salary in 2018
506,900
jobs nationwide in 2018
27,600
approximate # of new jobs by 2028
Get a strong understanding of engines, robotics, and electrical circuitry.
Repair broken equipment quickly and safely.
Diagnose and fix minor mechanical issues before they become major problems.
Adjust and maintain equipment as needed.
Quickly comprehend technical manuals.
Work with management to optimize repair schedules.

What It Takes

If learning how things work is something you enjoy, you’ll find lots of interesting career choices working in industrial maintenance. Large, expensive machinery needs expert hands and a focused mind to keep it running efficiently.

Manual Dexterity

A career in industrial maintenance often involves working with small parts, which means being good with your hands.

On-the-Fly Troubleshooting

Quickly figure out what’s wrong—and why it went wrong.

A Desire to Learn

Companies are constantly upgrading their machinery. You have the opportunity to lead the way.

Mechanical Skills

Use sophisticated equipment to figure out why a machine isn’t working.

Career Progression

Step 1
Get technical associate degree
Step 2
Learn on the job
Step 3
Work toward certification
Step 4
Manage operation-wide repair

Key Companies

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Allison Transmission is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for commercial-duty vehicles.
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Global leader in automotive technology
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With employment of over 2,400 associates and capital investment exceeding $900 million, HMIN manufactures automobiles primarily for the U.S. market, and for export to markets outside of North America.
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Home to the Highlander, and Highlander Hybrid midsize SUVs, the Sienna minivan and the Sequoia full-size SUV.
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