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Primary responsibilities of industrial machinery mechanics include repair, preventive maintenance, and installation of new machinery. As plants retool and invest in new equipment, they increasingly rely on mechanics to properly situate and install the machinery.

Because factories and other facilities cannot afford to have industrial machinery out of service for long periods, mechanics may be called to the plant at night or on weekends for emergency repairs. Overtime is common among industrial machinery mechanics; about 30 percent work over 40 hours a week.

Industrial machinery mechanics often learn their trade through 4-year apprenticeship programs that combine classroom instruction with on-the-job-training.

Many mechanics are expected to retire in coming years, and employers have reported difficulty in recruiting young workers with the necessary skills to be industrial machinery mechanics.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics- Occupational Outlook Handbook

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