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Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MET) - Systems

What is a manufacturing maintenance technician?

Manufacturing maintenance technicians are responsible for preventive maintenance of machinery and automated equipment. Examples include lubricating machinery, performing diagnostic tests, checking performance and testing damaged machine parts. In addition to this, technicians must address machine problems that occur. After diagnosing the problem, the mechanic disassembles the equipment to repair or replace the defective parts. With the advent of advanced technology, these workers increasingly use electronic and computer skills to repair complex equipment.

What skills are required?

These workers need mechanical aptitude, manual dexterity, good physical conditioning and agility. Coursework in mechanical drawing, math, blueprint reading, computers and electronics is useful.

Where are they employed?

Two thirds of these workers are employed in manufacturing industries such as food processing, textile mills, chemicals, fabricated metal products, motor vehicles and primary metals. Others may work for the government, utility companies, mining companies and other facilities in which industrial machinery is used.

What is the average salary?

Median hourly earnings of industrial machinery mechanics were $18.92 in 2006. As with all employment, salary depends on education, experience and location.

What else should I know?

  • The employment of these workers is expected to grow more slowly than the average through 2010, but workers with broad skills in machine repair and maintenance should have good job prospects.
  • These jobs are not usually affected by seasonal changes in production.
  • LCC's West Campus lab facilities ensure that students are trained in the most up-to-date methods using industry standard equipment.

For more information, contact the program advisor at
(517) 483-1343.

MET Systems at Lansing Community College

Applied Manufacturing Technologies
West Campus Room 103
Phone: (517) 483-5338
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