Maintenance mechanics repair and maintain machinery and mechanical equipment, such as engines, motors, pneumatic tools, conveyor systems and production machines. These workers dismantle machinery to gain access and repair or replace defective parts. Their tools include hoists, cranes, hand tools, power tools and measuring devices. They test the machinery performance and clean and lubricate parts.
The work is mainly carried out indoors, but exterior work during all weather conditions is sometimes required. This job is physically demanding. Working in cramped, awkward positions for long periods of time is common. The conditions may also be greasy, dirty and dusty and exposure to solvents and exhaust is common. Hazards include minor injuries to the hands, arms, legs and feet.
These programs are only open to employees of training agents registered to the local apprenticeship committees. The master maintenance mechanic program requires journey-level workers to hold a limited maintenance electrician (LME) license. Apprentices must complete an exam from the Oregon Building Codes Division.