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$65230
Post-Secondary Certificate


They diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Includes helicopter and aircraft engine specialists.
$46460
High School Diploma (or GED)


They repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.
$36370
High School Diploma (or GED)


They replace or repair broken windshields and window glass in motor vehicles.
$43730
Post-Secondary Certificate


They repair automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. Master mechanics repair virtually any part on the vehicle or specialize in the transmission system.
$43730
Post-Secondary Certificate


They repair only one system or component on a vehicle, such as brakes, suspension, or radiator.
$65330
Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)


They install, inspect, test, adjust, or repair avionics equipment, such as radar, radio, navigation, and missile control systems in aircraft or space vehicles.
$30290
High School Diploma (or GED)


They repair and service bicycles.
$49150
High School Diploma (or GED)


They diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engines. Includes mechanics working primarily with automobile or marine diesel engines.
$42540
Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)


They repair and adjust cameras and photographic equipment, including commercial video and motion picture camera equipment.
$36390
High School Diploma (or GED)


They install, service, adjust, or repair coin, vending, or amusement machines including video games, juke boxes, pinball machines, or slot machines.
$59470
Post-Secondary Certificate


They work below surface of water, using scuba gear to inspect, repair, remove, or install equipment and structures. May use a variety of power and hand tools, such as drills, sledgehammers, torches, and welding equipment. May conduct tests or experiments, rig explosives, or photograph structures or marine life.
$40880
Between Post-Secondary Certificate and Associate's Degree


They repair, maintain, or install computers, word processing systems, automated teller machines, and electronic office machines, such as duplicating and fax machines.
$57890
High School Diploma (or GED)


They install, repair, and maintain mechanical regulating and controlling devices, such as electric meters, gas regulators, thermostats, safety and flow valves, and other mechanical governors.
$45770
High School Diploma (or GED)


They repair, maintain, or install electric motors, wiring, or switches.
$61460
Post-Secondary Certificate


They install, adjust, or maintain mobile electronics communication equipment, including sound, sonar, security, navigation, and surveillance systems on trains, watercraft, or other mobile equipment.
$59210
Post-Secondary Certificate


They repair, test, adjust, or install electronic equipment, such as industrial controls, transmitters, and antennas.
$80040
Post-Secondary Certificate


They inspect, test, repair, or maintain electrical equipment in generating stations, substations, and in-service relays.
$70240
Post-Secondary Certificate


They install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.
$36750
Post-Secondary Certificate


They install, diagnose, or repair communications, sound, security, or navigation equipment in motor vehicles.
$39800
Post-Secondary Certificate


They repair, adjust, or install audio or television receivers, stereo systems, camcorders, video systems, or other electronic home entertainment equipment.
$33550
High School Diploma (or GED)


They repair tears, holes, and other defects in fabrics, such as draperies, linens, parachutes, and tents.
$42190
High School Diploma (or GED)


They diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters, dairy equipment, and irrigation systems.
$41020
High School Diploma (or GED)


They perform work involving the skills of two or more maintenance or craft occupations to keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of an establishment in repair. Duties may involve pipe fitting; boiler making; insulating; welding; machining; carpentry; repairing electrical or mechanical equipment; installing, aligning, and balancing new equipment; and repairing buildings, floors, or stairs.
$43050
High School Diploma (or GED)


They perform technical activities at power plants or individual installations necessary for the generation of power from geothermal energy sources. Monitor and control operating activities at geothermal power generation facilities and perform maintenance and repairs as necessary. Install, test, and maintain residential and commercial geothermal heat pumps.
$50160
Post-Secondary Certificate


They install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences or commercial establishments.
$31390
High School Diploma (or GED)


They help installation, maintenance, and repair workers in maintenance, parts replacement, and repair of vehicles, industrial machinery, and electrical and electronic equipment. Perform duties such as furnishing tools, materials, and supplies to other workers; cleaning work area, machines, and tools; and holding materials or tools for other workers.
$41020
Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)


They repair, adjust, or install all types of electric or gas household appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, and ovens.
$54000
Post-Secondary Certificate


They repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems.
$43740
High School Diploma (or GED)


They repair and open locks; make keys; change locks and safe combinations; and install and repair safes.
$48720
High School Diploma (or GED)


They lubricate machinery, change parts, or perform other routine machinery maintenance.
$32910
Less than a High School Diploma


They move or install mobile homes or prefabricated buildings.
$43350
High School Diploma (or GED)


They install, service, or repair automatic door mechanisms and hydraulic doors. Includes garage door mechanics.
$52710
High School Diploma (or GED)


They test, adjust, or repair biomedical or electromedical equipment.
$56250
High School Diploma (or GED)


They install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.
$53370
Post-Secondary Certificate


They diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul mobile mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment, such as cranes, bulldozers, graders, and conveyors, used in construction, logging, and surface mining.
$42330
Post-Secondary Certificate


They repair and adjust electrical and mechanical equipment of inboard or inboard-outboard boat engines.
$39260
Post-Secondary Certificate


They diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes, or similar motorized vehicles.
$39110
Post-Secondary Certificate


They repair percussion, stringed, reed, or wind instruments. May specialize in one area, such as piano tuning.
$36940
High School Diploma (or GED)


They diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul small engines used to power lawn mowers, chain saws, recreational sporting equipment and related equipment.
$56340
Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)


They test or repair mobile or stationary radio transmitting and receiving equipment and two-way radio communications systems used in ship-to-shore communications and found in service and emergency vehicles.
$56340
High School Diploma (or GED)


They repair, install or maintain mobile or stationary radio transmitting, broadcasting, and receiving equipment, and two-way radio communications systems used in cellular telecommunications, mobile broadband, ship-to-shore, aircraft-to-ground communications, and radio equipment in service and emergency vehicles. May test and analyze network coverage.
$56020
High School Diploma (or GED)


They diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul railroad rolling stock, mine cars, or mass transit rail cars.
$40090
High School Diploma (or GED)


They diagnose, inspect, adjust, repair, or overhaul recreational vehicles including travel trailers. May specialize in maintaining gas, electrical, hydraulic, plumbing, or chassis/towing systems as well as repairing generators, appliances, and interior components. Includes workers who perform customized van conversions.
$52510
High School Diploma (or GED)


They build or repair equipment such as furnaces, kilns, cupolas, boilers, converters, ladles, soaking pits and ovens, using refractory materials.
$50160
Post-Secondary Certificate


They install and repair industrial and commercial refrigerating systems.
$51330
High School Diploma (or GED)


They set up or repair rigging for construction projects, manufacturing plants, logging yards, ships and shipyards, or for the entertainment industry.
$48540
High School Diploma (or GED)


They install, program, maintain, or repair security or fire alarm wiring and equipment. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.
$67800
Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)


They install, inspect, test, maintain, or repair electric gate crossings, signals, signal equipment, track switches, section lines, or intercommunications systems within a railroad system.
$69320
High School Diploma (or GED)


They directly supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers.
$57080
Post-Secondary Certificate


They install, set-up, rearrange, or remove switching, distribution, routing, and dialing equipment used in central offices or headends. Service or repair telephone, cable television, Internet, and other communications equipment on customers' property. May install communications equipment or communications wiring in buildings.
$59000
High School Diploma (or GED)


They install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.
$29530
High School Diploma (or GED)


They repair and replace tires.
$44830
High School Diploma (or GED)


They repair, clean, and adjust mechanisms of timing instruments, such as watches and clocks. Includes watchmakers, watch technicians, and mechanical timepiece repairers.
$58000
High School Diploma (or GED)


They inspect, diagnose, adjust, or repair wind turbines. Perform maintenance on wind turbine equipment including resolving electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic malfunctions.

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