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.
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%
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.
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.