Is an Industrial Technician career right for you?

Feb 25 2020

A career as an industrial technician can be a very rewarding path for someone who values a wide array of skillsets, enjoys taking things apart and putting them back together, and loves taking on new challenges every day.  Do you think you have what it takes to be an industrial technician?

What is an Industrial Technician?

Industrial technicians, also referred to as industrial maintenance technicians, industrial machinery mechanics, and millwrights, install, repair and maintain commercial or industrial machinery in buildings, plants or in a manufacturing setting.  An industrial technician is an unsung hero in the manufacturing industry as they ensure all machines are functioning properly through troubleshooting and preventative maintenance service.

Due to the ever-evolving technological advancements combined with an aging workforce, there is a high demand for skilled workers in the industrial technician field.

An industrial technician is the “Jack or Jill of all trades” through the combination of a wide-range of technical skills such as electrical, industrial controls, welding, hydraulics training, power train systems, blueprint reading, and more.

Some duties necessary to the industrial maintenance position include:

  • Reading manuals to understand equipment and controls
  • Disassembling machinery and equipment when it needs maintenance or repairs
  • Performing tests and operate machinery to ensure it functions properly
  • Adjusting and calibrating equipment and machinery to optimal specifications
  • Being a digitally-literate individual and understanding advanced digital machinery

What is the job market like for an industrial maintenance technician?

Industrial maintenance jobs do not receive a lot of publicity and are not perceived as “sexy jobs”.  That’s not the case for today’s industrial technician positions.  The negative perception of industrial maintenance positions has created many opportunities in the industry.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The need to keep increasingly sophisticated machinery functioning and efficient will continue to create demand for these workers.”  The BLS also reports that “the median annual wage for industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights was $51,630 in May 2018.”

Some of the largest employers of industrial technicians, machinery mechanics, maintenance workers, and millwrights include manufacturing, wholesale trade, commercial and industrial machinery and equipment companies, and construction sectors.  Some of the companies we work with that are looking to hire industrial technician graduates include:

Our Student Success Coordinator, Maria Gigliotti, works with Rosedale students to determine career goals and assists in placing students in careers that are the best individual fit.

How do I become an industrial technician?

Industrial technicians, machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights generally need at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Some mechanics and millwrights complete a 2-year associate’s degree program in industrial technician, like the one we offer at Rosedale Tech. Skills learned through Rosedale Tech’s industrial maintenance program includes:

  • Welding
  • Technical math
  • Hydraulics
  • Pneumatics
  • Power train systems
  • Electrical machine controls
  • Construction wiring
  • Residential circuitry
  • Programmable logic controls
  • Blueprint reading
  • Manural and automatic transmissions
  • And more

If you are ready to take the next step and pursue a career as an industrial technician, industrial maintenance mechanic, machinery maintenance worker, and millwright, contact us today to schedule a tour!  Financial aid may be eligible for those who qualify.  Make sure to also check out Rosedale Tech’s new institutional grant programs to see if you qualify for any of the programs.