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What Do Machinery Maintenance Worker Do?

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

What Do Machinery Maintenance Workers Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Remove hardened material from machines or machine parts, using abrasives, power and hand tools, jackhammers, sledgehammers, or other equipment.
  • Collect and discard worn machine parts and other refuse to maintain machinery and work areas.
  • Start machines and observe mechanical operation to determine efficiency and to detect problems.
  • Install, replace, or change machine parts and attachments, according to production specifications.
  • Record production, repair, and machine maintenance information.
  • Lubricate or apply adhesives or other materials to machines, machine parts, or other equipment, according to specified procedures.

Qualities of a Machinery Maintenance Worker

When polled, Machinery Maintenance Workers say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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.

Troubleshooting: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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.

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Job Outlook for Machinery Maintenance Workers

There were about 89,700 jobs for Machinery Maintenance Worker in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 5.6% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 5,000 new jobs for Machinery Maintenance Worker by 2026. There will be an estimated 9,800 positions for Machinery Maintenance Worker per year.


The states with the most job growth for Machinery Maintenance Worker are Utah, Idaho, and North Dakota. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, South Dakota, or Rhode Island. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Average Machinery Maintenance Workers Salary

Machinery Maintenance Workers make between $29,170 and $71,960 a year.


Machinery Maintenance Workers who work in Wyoming, Alaska, or Hawaii, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Machinery Maintenance Workers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $40,300
Alaska $54,840
Arizona $46,170
Arkansas $42,830
California $55,170
Colorado $46,390
Connecticut $49,990
Florida $41,830
Georgia $43,350
Hawaii $60,060
Idaho $51,630
Illinois $54,400
Indiana $48,200
Iowa $45,400
Kansas $45,330
Kentucky $47,380
Louisiana $49,640
Maine $41,530
Maryland $46,460
Massachusetts $53,220
Michigan $45,610
Minnesota $48,520
Mississippi $43,660
Missouri $46,550
Montana $51,140
Nebraska $53,700
Nevada $53,890
New Hampshire $43,000
New Jersey $48,860
New Mexico $38,010
New York $54,270
North Carolina $43,680
North Dakota $53,790
Ohio $45,690
Oklahoma $49,790
Oregon $41,590
Pennsylvania $47,360
Rhode Island $37,250
South Carolina $51,360
South Dakota $31,230
Tennessee $49,590
Texas $44,210
Utah $54,370
Virginia $50,670
Washington $54,220
West Virginia $48,620
Wisconsin $51,870
Wyoming $77,380

Tools & Technologies Used by Machinery Maintenance Workers

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Machinery Maintenance Workers may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Word processing software
  • SAP
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Database software
  • Scheduling software
  • Computerized maintenance management system software CMMS

How do I Become a Machinery Maintenance Worker?

Are there Machinery Maintenance Workers education requirements?


What work experience do I need to become a Machinery Maintenance Worker?


Where Machinery Maintenance Workers Work


The table below shows the approximate number of Machinery Maintenance Workers employed by various industries.


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