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Career and Education Opportunities for Machine Repairmen in Rockford, Illinois

If you want to be a machine repairman, the Rockford, Illinois area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. About 6,290 people are currently employed as machine repairmen in Illinois. By 2016, this is expected to shrink by 2% to 6,170 people employed. This is not quite as good as the national trend for machine repairmen, which sees this job pool growing by about 4.6% over the next eight years. Machine repairmen generally lubricate machinery, change parts, or perform other routine machinery maintenance.

A person working as a machine repairman can expect to earn about $21 hourly or $45,420 per year on average in Illinois and about $17 hourly or $36,790 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Machine repairmen earn more than people working in the category of Specialized Equipment generally in Illinois and less than people in the Specialized Equipment category nationally.

The Rockford area is home to twelve schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Rockford where you can get a degree as a machine repairman. The most common level of education for machine repairmen is a high school diploma or GED. You can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a machine repairman if you already have a high school diploma.


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 Rockford include:

  • Auto Body Mechanic. Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.
  • Farm Equipment Mechanic. Diagnose, adjust, or overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters, and irrigation systems.
  • 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.
  • Vending Machine Mechanic. Install, service, or repair coin, vending, or amusement machines including video games, juke boxes, or slot machines.


Highland Community College - Freeport, IL

Highland Community College, 2998 W Pearl City Rd, Freeport, IL 61032-9341. Highland Community College is a small college located in Freeport, Illinois. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 1,876 students. Highland Community College has a one to two year program in Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology which graduated one student in 2008.


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.


Rockford, Illinois
Rockford, Illinois photo by Kranar_drogin

Rockford is situated in Winnebago County, Illinois. It has a population of over 157,272, which has grown by 4.8% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Rockford, 78, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Rockford are valued at $125,600 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, sixty-four new homes were built in Rockford, down from one hundred fifty-seven the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Rockford are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is metal and metal products, construction, and machinery. The average commute to work is about 20 minutes. More than 19.8% of Rockford residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.1%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Rockford is 17.6%, which is greater than Illinois's average of 10.5%.

The percentage of Rockford residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 50.0%, is less than both the national and state average. Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, South Park Covenant Church and Souls Harbor Church are among the churches located in Rockford. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Methodist Church.

Rockford is home to the McPhail Hall and the Mary McGaw Hall as well as Ken-Rock Park and Jamestown Park. Shopping malls in the area include Alpine Village Shopping Center, Eleventh Street Plaza Shopping Center and Fairview Shopping Center. Visitors to Rockford can choose from Extended Stay America - Rockford East, Courtyard Rockford and Hampton Inn Rockford for temporary stays in the area.