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Career and Education Opportunities for Machine Repairmen in Birmingham, Alabama

If you want to be a machine repairman, the Birmingham, Alabama area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 1,440 jobs for machine repairmen in Alabama and this is projected to grow by 1% to 1,450 jobs by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for machine repairmen are expected to grow by about 4.6%. Machine repairmen generally lubricate machinery, change parts, or perform other routine machinery maintenance.

The income of a machine repairman is about $15 hourly or $31,290 per year on average in Alabama. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $17 hourly or $36,790 annually on average. Incomes for machine repairmen are not quite as good as in the overall category of Specialized Equipment in Alabama, and not quite as good as the overall Specialized Equipment category nationally.

There is one school within twenty-five miles of Birmingham where you can study to be a machine repairman, among fifteen schools of higher education total in the Birmingham area. Given that the most common education level for machine repairmen is a high school diploma or GED, it will take only a short time to learn to be a machine repairman if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Machine Repairman

Machine Repairman video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, machine repairmen lubricate machinery, change parts, or perform other routine machinery maintenance.

Machine repairmen start equipment and observe mechanical operation to establish efficiency and to uncover problems. They also dismantle equipment and remove parts for repair, using hand tools or hoists. Equally important, machine repairmen have to lubricate or apply adhesives or other materials to apparatus or other equipment, in line with specified procedures. They are often called upon to reassemble equipment after the completion of repair or maintenance work. They are expected to collect and discard worn machine parts and other refuse so as to maintain machinery and work areas. Finally, machine repairmen inventory and requisition machine parts and other supplies so that stock can be maintained and replenished.

Every day, machine repairmen are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to control objects and devices with precise control. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for machine repairmen to transport machine parts and other material between work areas and storage, using cranes, hoists, or dollies. They are often called upon to assemble and operate equipment, and adjust controls to regulate operations. They also remove or repair metal, wood or other lining in apparatus, or in equipment compartments or containers. They are sometimes expected to remove or replenish machine and equipment containers such as gas tanks or boxes. Somewhat less frequently, machine repairmen are also expected to record production and machine maintenance data.

They also have to be able to inventory and requisition machine parts and other supplies so that stock can be maintained and replenished and measure and test chemical solutions used to wash or repair machinery and equipment. And finally, they sometimes have to examine or test damaged machine parts, and mark faulty areas or advise supervisors of repair needs.

Like many other jobs, machine repairmen must be thorough and dependable and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Birmingham include:

  • Auto Body Mechanic. Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic. Repair, install, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems.
  • Mechanical Door Repairer. Install, service, or repair opening and closing mechanisms of automatic doors and hydraulic door closers. Includes garage door mechanics.
  • Millwright. Install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Machine Repairman Training

Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus - Birmingham, AL

Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus, 3060 Wilson Rd SW, Birmingham, AL 35221-1717. Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus is a small college located in Birmingham, Alabama. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 3,507 students. Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus has a less than one year program in Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology which graduated seven students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Level I Machine Lubrication Technician: Common job titles for the individual who would become Level I MLT certified include Lubrication Technician, PM Technician, Millwright, Mechanic, etc.

For more information, see the International Council for Machinery Lubrication website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama photo by Eric_in_SF

Birmingham is located in Jefferson County, Alabama. It has a population of over 228,798, which has shrunk by 5.8% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Birmingham, 81, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Birmingham cost $187,300 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, one hundred thirty-two new homes were built in Birmingham, down from two hundred thirty-two the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Birmingham are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and health care. The average travel time to work is about 24 minutes. More than 18.5% of Birmingham residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.6%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Birmingham is 12.5%, which is greater than Alabama's average of 10.7%.

The percentage of Birmingham residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 60.1%, is more than both the national and state average. Williams Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Westminister Presbyterian Church and West End Methodist Church are all churches located in Birmingham. The most common religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and the Catholic Church.

Birmingham is home to the Mineral Park Municipal Golf Course and the Cooper Green Golf Course as well as Avondale Mills Park and Smithfield Historic District. Shopping malls in the area include Acipco Shopping Center, Altadena Square Shopping Center and Parkway East Huffman Shopping Center. Visitors to Birmingham can choose from Marriott Hotel Birmingham, Rime Garden Extended Stay Suites and Studioplus for temporary stays in the area.