CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Industrial Machinery Mechanics

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Industrial Machinery Mechanics
Summary Job Description Tasks
Repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems. Disassemble machinery and equipment to remove parts and make repairs.
Repair and replace broken or malfunctioning components of machinery and equipment.
Repair and maintain the operating condition of industrial production and processing machinery and equipment.
Examine parts for defects such as breakage and excessive wear.
Reassemble equipment after completion of inspections, testing, or repairs.
Observe and test the operation of machinery and equipment in order to diagnose malfunctions, using voltmeters and other testing devices.
Operate newly repaired machinery and equipment to verify the adequacy of repairs.
Clean, lubricate, and adjust parts, equipment, and machinery.
Analyze test results, machine error messages, and information obtained from operators in order to diagnose equipment problems.
Record repairs and maintenance performed.
Study blueprints and manufacturers' manuals to determine correct installation and operation of machinery.
Record parts and materials used, and order or requisition new parts and materials as necessary.
Cut and weld metal to repair broken metal parts, fabricate new parts, and assemble new equipment.
Demonstrate equipment functions and features to machine operators.
Enter codes and instructions to program computer-controlled machinery.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Industrial Machinery Mechanics
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Industrial Machinery Mechanics
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Industrial Machinery Mechanics
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
Speed of Limb Movement The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Wrist-Finger Speed The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
Sound Localization The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Industrial Machinery Mechanics
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
BIT Corp ProMACS PLC Industrial control software
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Extranet Machine Tools Suite Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
KEYENCE PLC Ladder Logic Industrial control software
Maintenance management software Facilities management software
Maintenance planning and control software Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Acetylene torches Blow torches
Adjustable widemouth pliers Adjustable widemouth pliers
Adjustable wrenches Adjustable wrenches
Air compressors Air compressors
Airhammer chisels Cold chisels
Airpowered descaling drills Pneumatic drill
Airpowered descaling turbines Pneumatic sanding machines
Alignment scopes Magnifiers
Alignment tools Alignment jig
Allen wrenches Hex keys
Ammeters Ammeters
Angled feeler gauges Feeler gauges
Arc welders Welders
Aviation snips Metal cutters
Bandsaws Bandsaw wheel
Bearing bridge gauges Strain gauges
Bearing heating ovens Induction heaters
Block and tackle equipment Blocks or pulleys
Boring tools Boring tools
Brass hammers Hammers
Brazing equipment Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
Broaching machines Broaching tools
Burnishing wheels Resurfacers
Calipers Calipers
Chain falls Hoists
Chain hoists Hoists
Channel lock pliers Locking pliers
Combination wrenches Combination wrenches
Cutting dies Cutting dies or tooling
Cutting machines Milling cutters
Cylindrical grinders Power grinders
Cylindrical procedures squares Squares
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Dial calipers Calipers
Drill presses Workshop presses
Electric rotary wire brushes Wire brushes
Electric welding equipment Welders
Emery wheels Tungsten carbide abrasive wheels
Engine lathes Lathes
Equipment rollers Dollies
Facing machines Tube end finishers
Feeler gauges Feeler gauges
Files Files
Flange facing machines Pipe or tube cutters
Flat files Files
Flow meters Flow sensors
Forklifts Forklifts
Gas welding equipment Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
Gauges Height gauges
Grease guns Grease guns
Grinding wheels Power grinders
Half-round files Files
Hammers Hammers
Hand pumps Hand pumps
Handsaws Saws
Hex wrenches Hex keys
Hoists Hoists
Hydraulic pullers Pullers
Hydraulic squeezers Workshop presses
Hydrostatic testers Pressure indicators
Impact wrenches Impact wrenches
Inside micrometers Micrometers
Jacks Jacks
Jigs Positioning jig
Ladders Ladders
Lapping wheels Grinders
Laser measuring equipment Laser measuring systems
Laser printers Laser printers
Lathes Lathes
Level gauges Levels
Levels Levels
Magnetic retrievers Magnetic tools
Metal inert gas MIG welders Metal inert gas MIG welding machinery
Micrometers Micrometers
Milling machines Milling machines
Multimeters Multimeters
Needlenose pliers Needlenose pliers
Optical measuring equipment Profile projectors
Oscilloscopes Oscilloscopes
Outside micrometers Micrometers
Personal computers Personal computers
Phillips head screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Pinchbars Pry bars
Pipe threaders Threading dies
Pipe wrenches Pipe wrenches
Plasma cutters Plasma welding machinery
Plumb bobs Plumb bobs
Pneumatic hammers Pneumatic hammer
Power drills Power drills
Power grinders Power grinders
Power sanders Power sanders
Power saws Power saws
Power wrenches Impact wrenches
Precision grinders Power grinders
Precision levels Levels
Precision squares Squares
Pressure gauges Pressure or vacuum recorders
Programmable logic controllers PLC Microcontrollers
Pry bars Pry bars
Punch presses Workshop presses
Punches Metal stamps or punches
Putty knives Putty knives
Radial drills Twist drills
Ratchet sets Ratchets
Reamers Reamers
Reciprocating machinery combustion analyzers Catalytic combustion analyzers
Rigging equipment Slings
Riveting tools Rivet tools
Robotic teach pendants Welding robots
Rotating brushes Wire brushes
Rubber mallets Mallets
Rulers Rulers
Sandblasters Pneumatic sanding machines
Scalers Power sanders
Scissor lifts Scissor lift
Scrapers Scrapers
Screw pitch gauges Pitch measuring instruments
Screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Shaping machines Gear shapers
Side cutting pliers End cut pliers
Sledgehammers Hammers
Socket wrench sets Socket sets
Soldering irons Soldering irons or guns
Space gauges Thickness measuring devices
Spot welders Welders
Squares Squares
Staging platforms Platform lift
Steam cleaning equipment Pressure or steam cleaners
Steel wedges Wedges
Straightedges Straight edges
Strobe tachometers Tachometers
Stud drivers Anchor setting tools
Tachometers Tachometers
Tape measures Tape measures
Taps Taps or dies
Telescoping gauges Thickness measuring devices
Thickness gauges Thickness measuring devices
Threading devices Threading Machines
Transit levels Level sensors or transmitters
Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment Tungsten inert gas TIG welding machinery
Turning lathes Lathes
Utility knives Utility knives
Vacuum gauges Vacuum gauges
Vacuum lifts Suction cups
Vernier instruments Calipers
Vibration analyzers Vibration testers
Vises Bench vises
Voltmeters Voltage or current meters
Welding equipment Welding tools
Welding lenses Safety glasses
Welding shields Welding masks
Welding tip dressers Welding tip dressers or accessories
Wire cutters Wire cutters
Workshop cranes Workshop cranes
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Industrial Machinery Mechanics
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Industrial Machinery Mechanics
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Clothing Man
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Comb Maker
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Composing Room Machinist
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Conveyor Belt Installer
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Deep Submergence Vehicle Crewmember
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Envelope Folding Machine Adjuster
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Equipment Mechanic
Felt Checker
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Finished Metal Repairer
Fitter Up
Fixture Fabricator Repairer
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Flat Clothier
Fluid Power Mechanic
Foiling Machine Adjuster
Forge Shop Machine Repairer
Forming Machine Adjuster
Foundry Equipment Mechanic
Frame Fixer
Fuel System Maintenance Worker
Garnett Mechanic
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Gas Turbine Mechanic
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Gasoline Pump Mechanic
Glass Lined Tank Repairer
Harness Builder
Hydraulic Mechanic
Hydraulic Press Servicer
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Hydroelectric Machinery Mechanic
Industrial Conveyor Belt Repairer
Industrial Electrician
Industrial Machine System Technician
Industrial Machinery Mechanic
Industrial Mechanic
Inspecting Machine Adjuster
Jacquard Fixer
Jacquard Loom Card Changer
Knitter Mechanic
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Laundry Machine Mechanic
Lead Operator
Liner Replacer
Link Trainer Maintenance Man
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Linotype Machinist
Linotype Machinist Apprentice
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Loom Fixer
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Loom Mechanic
Loom Overhauler
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Machine Clothing Man
Machine Clothing Replacer
Machine Clothing Worker
Machine Fixer
Machine Maintenance Repairer
Machine Mechanic
Machine Operator Slitter Technician
Machine Overhauler
Machine Repairer
Machine Repairman
Machine Tool Mechanic
Machine Tool Rebuilder
Machine or Machinery Mechanic
Maintenance Electrician
Maintenance Mechanic
Maintenance Repairman
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Manufacturers Service Representative
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Marine Machinist
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Master Machinist
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Needle Board Repairer
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Oil Field Equipment Mechanic
Outside Machinist
Oven Equipment Repairer
Parts Salvager
Pin Puller
Pin Pusher
Pin Setter
Pneumatic Tool Repairer
Pneumatic Tube Repairer
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Powerhouse Mechanic
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Press Maintainer
Printing Machine Mechanic
Printing Machinist
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Production Mechanic
Pump Erector
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Reed Man
Reed Repairer
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Regulator Mechanic
Repair Miller
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Rubberizing Mechanic
Scale Mechanic
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Section Leader and Machine Setter
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Service Station Equipment Mechanic
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Sewing Machine Adjuster
Sewing Machine Maintenance Mechanic
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Shaker Repairer
Shop Assistant
Shuttle Fixer
Siene Maker
Silk Screen Repairer
Slitter Service and Setter
Smelting and Refining Ore Dressing Repairer
Spare Fixer
Spindle Plumber
Spinner Fixer
Spray Gun Repairer
Stoker Erector and Servicer
Stone Dresser
Switch Repairer
Test Engine Mechanic
Textile Machine Maintenance Mechanic
Tipple Engineer
Tool Filer
Tool Mechanic
Tool Setter
Tool and Fixture Repairer
Tooling Mechanic
Tow Motor Mechanic
Treatment Plant Mechanic
Turbine Mechanic
Underground Mine Machinery Mechanic
Washery Engineer
Washing Machine Mechanic
Water Treatment Plant Repairer
Water or Power Generation Plant Machinery Maintenance Mechanic
Wax Pattern Repairer
Welding Equipment Repairer
Welding Systems and Equipment Repairer
Welding, Brazing, and Burning Machine Repairer
Wet Process Head Miller
Wheel and Caster Repairer
Wind Tunnel Mechanic
Winder Fixer
Wire Repairer
X Ray Equipment Mechanic
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Maintenance
Benchmark Title: Industrial Machinery Mechanics
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