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.
Beginning apprentices start at approximately 70 to 80 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase usually every six months until the journey-level rate is achieved.
Length of Apprenticeship
The apprenticeship lasts two to four years. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 144 related classroom hours per year and between 4,000 to 8,000 on-the-job training hours.
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 18 years of age. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent.
Local apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications.
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.
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