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1,253 Associates's Degrees Annually
#38 in Popularity (Associate's)
$54,000 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many industrial mechanics and maintenance technology graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 4,110
Undergraduate Certificate 2,361
Associate Degree 1,359
Bachelor’s Degree 1

What Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to industrial mechanics and maintenance tech and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Tech Majors

Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Tech majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Skills for Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Tech Majors

A major in industrial mechanics and maintenance tech prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • 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.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Tech Majors

A major in industrial mechanics and maintenance tech will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

What Can You Do With a Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with industrial mechanics and maintenance tech:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Elevator Installers and Repairers 12.2% $79,780
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 6.7% $52,340
Maintenance Workers, Machinery 5.6% $47,060
Millwrights 9.9% $55,060
Wind Turbine Service Technicians 94.8% $54,370

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance?

1,359 Associate's Degrees Annually
6% Percent Women
21% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 94% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of industrial mechanics and maintenance tech majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 16
Black or African American 117
Hispanic or Latino 115
White 1,045
International Students 7
Other Races/Ethnicities 59

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Tech. About 0.5% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Tech majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $52,510 to $58,000 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with industrial mechanics and maintenance tech require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to industrial mechanics and maintenance tech have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 3.1%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 42.5%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 32.3%
Some College Courses 7.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 8.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 2.7%
Master’s Degree 0.8%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 1.2%

Online Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 308 schools offered some type of industrial mechanics and maintenance technology program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 212 3
Certificate (2-4 Years) 39 0
Associate’s Degree 160 2
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Worth It?

The median salary for a industrial mechanics and maintenance tech grad is $54,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 35% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $282,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to industrial mechanics and maintenance tech.

Major Number of Grads
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician 990
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technologies, Other 51

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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