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Career and Education Opportunities for Industrial Machinery Mechanics in Houston, Texas

If you want to be an industrial machinery mechanic, the Houston, Texas area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 25,240 working industrial machinery mechanics in Texas; this should grow 30% to about 32,870 working industrial machinery mechanics in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for industrial machinery mechanics are expected to grow by about 7.3%. In general, industrial machinery mechanics repair, install, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems.

The income of an industrial machinery mechanic is about $19 hourly or $40,900 annually on average in Texas. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $20 hourly or $43,670 per year on average. Earnings for industrial machinery mechanics are better than earnings in the general category of Specialized Equipment in Texas and better than general Specialized Equipment category earnings nationally.

The Houston area is home to eighty-one schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Houston where you can get a degree as an industrial machinery mechanic. Industrial machinery mechanics usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so you can expect to spend a short time studying to be an industrial machinery mechanic if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Industrial Machinery Mechanic

Industrial Machinery Mechanic video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, industrial machinery mechanics repair, install, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems.

Industrial machinery mechanics disassemble machinery and apparatus to remove parts and make fixes. They also examine parts for defects such as breakage and excessive wear. Equally important, industrial machinery mechanics have to repair and remove broken or malfunctioning parts of machinery and equipment. They are often called upon to repair and maintain the operating state of industrial production and processing machinery and equipment. They are expected to clean and adjust parts, equipment, and machinery. Finally, industrial machinery mechanics observe and test the operation of machinery and equipment so as to diagnose malfunctions, using voltmeters and other testing devices.

Every day, industrial machinery mechanics are expected to be able to respond quickly in general. It is also important that they maintain precise control of objects and devices through a range of movements.

It is important for industrial machinery mechanics to demonstrate equipment functions and features to machine operators. They are often called upon to enter codes and instructions to program computer-controlled machinery. They also operate newly repaired machinery and apparatus to verify the adequacy of fixes. They are sometimes expected to record fixes and maintenance performed. Somewhat less frequently, industrial machinery mechanics are also expected to examine parts for defects such as breakage and excessive wear.

And finally, they sometimes have to reassemble equipment after completion of inspections or fixes.

Like many other jobs, industrial machinery mechanics must be thorough and dependable and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Houston include:

  • Aircraft Mechanic. Diagnose, adjust, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
  • Auto Mechanic. Repair automobiles, trucks, and other vehicles. Master mechanics repair virtually any part on the vehicle or specialize in the transmission system.
  • Commercial Diver. Work below surface of water, using scuba gear to inspect, repair, or install equipment and structures. May use a variety of power and hand tools, such as drills, sledgehammers, and welding equipment. May conduct tests or experiments, rig explosives, or photograph structures or marine life.
  • Machine Repairman. Lubricate machinery, change parts, or perform other routine machinery maintenance.
  • Mechanical Door Repairer. Install, service, or repair opening and closing mechanisms of automatic doors and hydraulic door closers. Includes garage door mechanics.
  • Medical Equipment Repairer. Test, adjust, or repair biomedical or electromedical equipment.
  • 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.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Industrial Machinery Mechanic Training

San Jacinto Community College - Pasadena, TX

San Jacinto Community College, 8060 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, TX 77501-2007. San Jacinto Community College is a large college located in Pasadena, Texas. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 24,677 students. San Jacinto Community College has a less than one year program in Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology which graduated one student in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Biomedical Electronics Technician: Biomedical electronics technicians are expected to obtain knowledge of the principles of modern biomedical techniques, the proper procedure in the care, handling and maintenance of biomedical equipment and to display an attitude/behavior expected of an electronics technician who works in a hospital or healthcare environment.

For more information, see the ETA International website.

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.

Bulk Medical Gas Systems Installer 6015: Certification to this standard shall be through a method approved by the firm's Quality Control Unit (QCU).

For more information, see the National Inspection, Testing and Certification Corporation website.

Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional: In support of increasing the recognition and assurance of the capabilities of maintenance and reliability processionals, SMRPCO has developed and continued to improve a certification process for maintenance and reliability management.

For more information, see the Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals website.

Certified Industrial Maintenance Mechanic: Certified Industrial Maintenance Mechanic® (CIMM®) Program CIMM® will provide a non-biased, third-party, objective assessment and confirmation of the skills of your industrial maintenance mechanics.

For more information, see the Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals website.

Certified Lubrication Specialist: Certification recognizes those individuals who possess current knowledge of lubrication fundamentals and theory.

For more information, see the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers website.

Oil Monitoring Analyst: Oil Monitoring Analyst certification is designed to encourage and demonstrate an agreed upon level of competence in the field of machinery oil monitoring.

For more information, see the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers website.

Certified Metalworking Fluids Specialist: Certified Metalworking Fluids Specialists are those individuals who have met minimum standards of experience, knowledge and written examination requirements as established by the STLE Metalworking Fluids Certification Committee to provide technical consultation in the field of metalworking fluids management.

For more information, see the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas
Houston, Texas photo by Hequals2henry

Houston is located in Harris County, Texas. It has a population of over 2,242,193, which has grown by 14.8% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Houston, 89, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Houston are valued at $173,500 on average, which is near the state average. In 2008, 3,684 new homes were constructed in Houston, down from 6,035 the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Houston are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, professional, scientific, and technical services, and administrative and support and waste management services. The average commute to work is about 27 minutes. More than 27.0% of Houston residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.7%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Houston is 8.0%, which is less than Texas's average of 8.1%.

The percentage of Houston residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 50.4%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. El Buen Pastor United Methodist Church, 34th Temple Church of God in Christ and Pentecostal Church of God in Christ are some of the churches located in Houston. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the United Methodist Church.

Houston is home to the Champion Rod and Gun Club and the Independence Heights Residential Historic District as well as Hermann Park and Hennessey Park. Shopping centers in the area include Windsor Plaza Shopping Center, Meyerland Plaza Shopping Center and Meyerland Shopping Center. Visitors to Houston can choose from Capital Inn, Bradford Homesuites - Houston Galleria and Best Western Fountainview Inn and Suites for temporary stays in the area.