Maintenance Workers, Machinery

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What do they do?

Lubricate machinery, change parts, or perform other routine machinery maintenance.

Also known as:

Lubricator, Machine Repairer, Maintainer, Maintenance Man, Maintenance Technician, Maintenance Worker, Oiler, Overhauler

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Maintenance Workers, Machinery is projected to grow 2 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 2.1%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #31 in job growth rate
  • 140

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #19 in net job growth

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★ Number of granted degrees for degree type, Award of less than 1 academic year, is listed after the major.

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0%)
  • Master's degree (0.7%)
  • Bachelor's degree (4.1%)
  • Associate's degree (12.8%)
  • Some college, no degree (25.4%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (44.7%)
  • Less than high school diploma (12.1%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Observe equipment in operation to detect potential problems.
  • Read work orders or descriptions of problems to determine repairs or modifications needed.
  • Inspect mechanical equipment to locate damage, defects, or wear.
  • Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Reassemble equipment after repair.
  • Communicate with coworkers to coordinate installations or repairs.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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