Machine Technician - Repairer

Machine Technician - Repairer

General Skills and Qualifications

A solid grasp of mechanical fundamentals, detail oriented and able to stay focused on delicate tasks while adhering to the highest standards of safety.

  • Mechanical and electrical experience – proficiency with hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical components, and other tools
  • Document interpretation – able to read and follow schematics, blueprints, and diagrams; also understand work orders, logs, and other forms of documentation
  • Troubleshooting – one of the most common tasks of a machine technician is preventative maintenance and problem repair, therefore must be able to diagnose and solve malfunctions using a combination of technical expertise and analytical thinking.
  • Physical dexterity – in addition to the strength needed for lifting heavy objects, some tasks require keen hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills
  • Attention to detail – this skill is necessary for sequencing parts, identifying problems in complex machinery, and dutifully following all safety protocols

In addition to the general tools used by many laborers, machine technicians use the following on a regular basis:

  • Mechanical equipment (including hydraulic and pneumatic tools)
  • Electrical equipment (such as panels and programmable logic controllers)
  • Heavy machinery (such as forklifts)

Primary Responsibilities

  • Install Machinery - Machine technicians interpret schematics, blueprints, and other technical documents before installing a new piece of equipment. They calibrate different parts of the machine and ensure everything runs smoothly, then test it for accuracy. Finally, they complete all work orders, logs, or other documentation that show what work has been done.
  • Perform Preventative Maintenance -Addressing problems before they even begin is a crucial responsibility of machine technicians. They regularly inspect equipment to make sure it conforms to normal operational standards, then take steps to correct any abnormalities. If they find defective equipment that cannot be fixed immediately, they schedule the next available opportunity to make upgrades.
  • Diagnose and Repair Problems - Should equipment suddenly break, the machine technician works quickly to repair the problem and minimize unplanned downtime. They rely on equipment manuals, schematics, computer-driven diagnostic tools, and their own intuition to find and fix the malfunction’s source.
  • Uphold Safety Standards and Regulations - There are safety protocols associated with many aspects of a machine technician’s daily tasks, including confined spaces, hot work, and heavy equipment. Whether a rule is company policy or federal regulation, machine technicians follow it to the letter. They also ensure that equipment and buildings always meet government regulations.
  • Coordinate with Vendors - Communicating with outside vendors and suppliers falls to the machine technician. Should a machine require a part or tool, it is the technician’s responsibility to find the appropriate supplier and place an order. It may also be necessary to maintain professional networks and relationships over time in order to get the best deal.

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