Industrial Machinery Mechanic

OFO No: 653301

Other names for Industrial Machinery Mechanic:

  • Agricultural Machinery Mechanic
  • Construction Machinery Mechanic
  • Construction Plant Mechanic
  • Farm Machinery Repairer
  • Marine Mechanic
  • Mechanical Service Advisor (Equipment)
  • Mining Machinery Repairer
  • Plant Maintenance Mechanic
  • Ships Engine Room Mechanic
  • Stationary Engine Repairer
  • Stationary Motor Mechanic
  • Train Engine Repairer



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What is an Industrial Machinery Mechanic?

An Industrial Machinery Mechanic is an artisan who maintains and repairs factory and other industrial type machinery.

3 Examples of the types of machinery they may work on:

  • Conveying systems
  • Production machines
  • Packaging machines

Due to the potentially dangerous environments they work in, Industrial Machinery Mechanics may be made to wear hardhats, safety goggles and hearing/ear protectors.

Industrial Machinery Mechanics are usually employed full time and are often required to work overtime or shift work.  This could happen during the day, night, over weekends and public holidays.

Modern machinery often demands that Industrial Machinery Mechanics have a strong skills or extra training in electrics, electronics and computer programming. 

What does an Industrial Machinery Mechanic?

  • reads and understands technical manuals
  • observes and monitors machinery
  • trouble-shoots – tries to find the problem
  • makes an early diagnosis
  • replaces or fixes problem part/s
  • takes machinery apart if there is a problem
  • performs tests to maintain optimum running function of the machine
  • calibrates and fine-tunes the machine

Are you … ?

  • mechanically minded?
  • technically minded?
  • good with your hands?
  • observant?
  • detail-orientated?
  • patient?
  • reliable?
  • a hard worker?

How do I become an Industrial Machinery Mechanic?


  • Apprenticeship
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Repair and Maintenance (Earthmoving Equipment) NQF Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Sugar Industry Technical Maintenance NQF Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • National Certificate: Engineering Studies: N1, N2 and N3
  • These can be done at a lot of TVET (FET) colleges
  • Trade Test


  • Artisan Internship
  • Trade Test


  • RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) for Artisans: CLICK HERE
  • If you have already been working a long time as a Industrial Machinery Mechanic without qualifications, you may be able to get your qualification through RPL
  • Trade Test


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Automotive Mechanic … or … Heavy Equipment Mechanic 

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