3 types of machinery maintenance workers
In most industrial settings, there are a few different types of personnel who are involved in the maintenance process.
1. Machinery mechanics
Among the duties of a machinery mechanic is keeping industrial machinery fully operational by performing necessary maintenance. They maintain and repair various forms of equipment, including conveyor systems, packaging equipment, production machinery, and so forth. Machinery mechanics typically aren’t involved in advanced diagnostics. If they perform any type of diagnostic work it’s by visual inspection.
2. Maintenance technicians
A technician differs from a mechanic in that they focus more on the diagnostic side of maintenance. They examine equipment using computers and instrumentation to determine why it’s malfunctioning, then prescribe a solution to the problem. They might perform the repairs themselves, or a mechanic might be assigned to the task.
Millwrights have a wider occupational focus than machinery mechanics. While they do repairs and perform maintenance work, they also install, assemble, dismantle, and move assets within the facility.