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Machinery and Transportation Equipment Mechanics (Except Motor Vehicle)

What they do?

Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics install and repair stationary industrial machinery.

A. Heavy-duty equipment mechanics repair and maintain construction, forestry, mining, material handling, and other heavy equipment.

B. Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics install and repair refrigeration, central air conditioning, and combined cooling/heating systems in homes, businesses, and industry.

C. Railway carmen/women inspect and repair railway cars.

D. Aircraft mechanics maintain and repair aircraft structures and mechanical/hydraulic systems.

E. Aircraft inspectors inspect aircraft and aircraft systems to ensure they meet standards.

F. Machine fitters fit, assemble, and build heavy industrial machinery and transportation equipment.

Where they find work?

1. Construction - 13.0%
2. Transportation and warehousing - 12.0%
3. Wholesale trade - 10.0%
4. Other services (except public administration) - 8.0%
5. Wood product manufacturing - 5.0%
6. Machinery manufacturing - 4.0%
7. Paper manufacturing - 4.0%

What education do I need?

1. You usually need a high school diploma.

2. To gain trade certification as an elevator constructor or mechanic, or refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic, you need a three- to five-year apprenticeship program or a combination of experience and formal education in your specialty.

3. To be a railway carman/women or a machine fitter, you need to complete an apprenticeship program or have on-the-job training.

4. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English
3. Physics
4. Mechanics

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Machinery and Transportation Equipment Mechanics (Except Motor Vehicle) is $21.83/HR, which is above average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Machinery and Transportation Equipment Mechanics (Except Motor Vehicle) wages

Expected Wage by Age

Machinery and Transportation Equipment Mechanics (Except Motor Vehicle) Wage By Age

Unemployment:

5% of Machinery and Transportation Equipment Mechanics (Except Motor Vehicle) are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.

Unemployment

Machinery and Transportation Equipment Mechanics (Except Motor Vehicle) Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Machinery and Transportation Equipment Mechanics (Except Motor Vehicle) Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Machinery and Transportation Equipment Mechanics (Except Motor Vehicle) is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($21.83) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (5%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be close to the average.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (52%) is above the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Precision work

2. Mechanics

3. 3-D visualization

Part Time Workers

Machinery and Transportation Equipment Mechanics (Except Motor Vehicle) Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


2% of Machinery and Transportation Equipment Mechanics (Except Motor Vehicle) are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 183,900 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 7% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Machinery and Transportation Equipment Mechanics (Except Motor Vehicle) Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Machinery and Transportation Equipment Mechanics (Except Motor Vehicle) Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 6% of Machinery and Transportation Equipment Mechanics (Except Motor Vehicle) are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Machinery and Transportation Equipment Mechanics (Except Motor Vehicle) Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


2% of the individuals employed as Machinery and Transportation Equipment Mechanics (Except Motor Vehicle) are women. Compared to other industries, this is Below average.