Electrical mechanics are experts with electrical machinery, mainly in the area of industrial applications, which mainly revolves around heavy-duty machinery. An industrial mechanic is tasked with a variety of functions related to the operation of the machines, from regular check-ups and maintenance to repairs and emergency procedures in cases when immediate action is required. Electrical mechanics often perform duties not directly related to a machine’s electrical circuits, for example checking the status of a specific mechanical component or replacing the oil – though for more specialized tasks, different mechanics are normally summoned.
Because of the importance of an electrical mechanic’s job, the requirements for becoming one can be quite strict in most jurisdictions. Candidates are usually required to undergo an apprenticeship program which can last for several years, before being granted a license which allows them to operate as electrical mechanics. Some companies additionally seek a certain number of years of experience in their candidates, to ensure they’ll know how to comply with the various safety regulations in place.
An electrical mechanic can earn quite well, and is regarded as one of the most lucrative ways for electricians to realize their potential. With the median salary for 2009 being $63,000 and annual salaries going between $40,000 – $68,000, it’s obvious how the job can be seen as a more attractive one than other electrician-related occupations. One of the less attractive factors are the long working hours which can sometimes extend way beyond the regularly scheduled ones, due to urgent repairs or maintenance procedures.