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Machine Repairer Apprenticeship
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- The need to keep increasingly sophisticated machinery functioning and efficient drives the need for Machine Repairers.
- Machine Repairers detect and correct errors before the machine or its products are damaged
- Machine Repairers often need years of training to diagnose all of the problems they find in their work.
- Employment is projected to grow 16 percent by 2024, much faster that the national average for all occupations.
Machine Repairers perform a number of duties including, but not limited to the following:
- Carefully observe and inspect machinery to detect problems.
- Use computerized diagnostic systems and vibration analysis to determine the causes.
- Repair or replace broken or malfunctioning components.
- Perform basic and preventative maintenance on machines.
- Test and adjust machinery to ensure it operates properly.
- Machine Repairers work in many industries, including factories, food-processing sites, and power plants.
- Workers wear personal protective equipment to guard against frequent, loud noises and such as hardhats, safety glasses, and earplugs.
- Most workers are employed full time during regular hours, but nights, weekends, and overtime are common.
Overall, the Machine Repairer apprenticeship includes the following:
- 48 months of not less than 8,000 hours
- 7,424 of on-the-job learning
- 576 hours of paid related instruction
- Possible additional hours of unpaid related instruction, as determined by employer
The employer must train the apprentice in the following mandatory duties:
- Adhere to safety regulations and employer procedures.
- Maintain and repair machines and equipment.
- Hydraulics and pneumatics.
- Operate machines.
- Install machines and equipment.
- Perform predictive and preventative maintenance inspection.
The apprentice must also perform the following:
- Complete the "Transition to Trainer" course in the final year of the apprenticeship
The employer may also train the apprentice in the following optional duties:
- Turbine and generator repair
- Dam and river boom repair
- Boiler and furnace repair
- Other duties as determine by the employer
The employer may also require the apprentice to complete the following optional training:
- Basic courses in First Aid and CPR
The apprentice must:
- Apply directly to the participating employer
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be physically able to perform the work of the trade with reasonable accommodations and without hazard
- Be able to work in the United States
- Meet all other requirements of the employer
The employer must:
- Have been in business for at least one year
- Ensure that the apprentice is trained in the mandatory duties listed above
- Ensure that the apprentice is trained safely at all times
- Employ a full-time journeyworker or other qualified individual to supervise and/or train the apprentice at all times
- Employ one full-time journeyworker per apprentice.
Important skills include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Critical thinking entails using logic and reasoning to identify and evaluate altnerative solutions or approaches to a problem.
- Quality control analysis includes testing and inspecting machines and products to evaluate quality.
- Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
- Troubleshooting is determining the causes of operating errors and the appropriate solution.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.
- O*NET Online
- Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Position Descriptions