What does a Mechanical Technician do?

A maintenance mechanic is responsible for the upkeep of buildings and mechanical systems, such as heating and cooling systems. In some cases, maintenance mechanics split their time between repair, maintenance, and the installation of system components and office hours. Additionally, maintenance mechanics are expected to perform emergency repairs, which necessitates the ability to troubleshoot promptly. Maintenance mechanics typically work with large production machines, usually in factories.

A high school diploma along with successful completion of a vocational school is suitable for maintenance mechanic positions though more complex tasks may require additional licenses. Successful maintenance mechanics possess excellent computer, mechanical and troubleshooting skills.

What responsibilities are common for Mechanical Technician jobs?
  • Install, assemble and test new machines and equipment
  • Schedule and perform routine preventative maintenance and service for each piece of equipment
  • Inspect machines regularly for signs of malfunctions, including visual and sound inspections
  • Use a variety of power and hand tools to perform job functions
  • Complete repairs and parts replacements
  • Work effectively with other team members in a loud environment
  • Repair, install, adjust or maintain machines or vehicles
  • Complete written record of work performed
What are the typical qualifications for Mechanical Technician jobs?
  • Successful trade or vocational school completion
  • Associate's degree in mechanical, electrical or engineering specialties (preferred)
  • 2 years experience in one or more of the building trades
  • Valid driver's license
  • Strong mechanical and manufacturing experience
  • Ability to walk, stand, and lift heavy objects for an extended period of time
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to act competently in emergencies
  • Working knowledge of two or more trades
EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Mechanical Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$2,150 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $2K
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Mechanical Technician Career Path

Learn how to become a Mechanical Technician, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Maintenance Mechanic
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Mechanical Technician

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7
Not including years spent in education and/or training

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Read what Mechanical Technician professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Mechanical Technician
8 Sept 2021

“Everyone here is nice and go above and beyond to help you any way they can.”

Mechanical Fitter
10 Sept 2020

“Opportunity to progress and further your career if you show interest and willingness to apply yourself in new roles and responsibilities”

Trained Fitter
28 Jan 2021

“The pay structure is based on a basic salary and then a supplementary pay to top this up.”

Neenah FoundryNeenah Foundry
Maintenance Mechanic
11 Jan 2021

“There is no life outside of this place when you have to work every day.”

Fleet Technician
10 Sept 2022

“The opportunity to progress in the company is great and I am looking forward to working towards potential job prospects within the company.”

Trained Shoe Fitter
7 Aug 2022

“Good training and fun job experience”

Tyson FoodsTyson Foods
General Maintenance Mechanic
25 Mar 2021

“This day I spoke with Hr and that same Supervisor along with another green hat.”

Maintenance Mechanic
19 Jan 2022

“Flexible schedule was nice to have”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Mechanical Technician

When working as a Mechanical Technician, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are PLC Programming, MS Office Applications, Excellent Communication, Exhaust Systems and English Language.

The most similar professions to Mechanical Technician are:
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Maintenance Manager
  • Operations Manager

The most common qualifications to become a Mechanical Technician is a minimum of a GED / High School Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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Maintenance Technician
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