Manufacturing facilities and complexes often have thousands of dollars worth of machinery inside their doors. When one of those pieces breaks down, you need to hire a specialized contractor or technician to come out and make a repair. Something like an Okuma repair can cost hundreds of dollars or more, and if the machine frequently breaks down, you might spend more on repairs than you did on the machine. Learning how to repair that machinery yourself can save you thousands of dollars or more every year and skip time waiting for a repair technician to come out.
Check with community colleges and vocational schools in your city to find out if those schools offer machinery repair classes. Even if you don’t complete the full program and earn a degree or a certificate, you’ll still learn how to do basic repairs on your factory equipment. Many of these programs meet at night or on weekends because the schools design repair programs for adult students and others who work during the day. This helps you easily schedule your classes around your work schedule each week.
Watching videos is another easy way to learn how to make repairs around your factory. The manufacturers of this equipment often includes videos on their official websites that show you each component and what each part does. You can also do a basic search that includes the exact symptoms or problems that you experience to find videos that help you diagnose that issue. Other videos come from repair techs and other professionals. They offer videos that show you how you can do some basic repairs on your own to save money. You may need to watch these videos multiple times or keep one running as you work.
Check the manufacturers’ official websites for manuals too. These manuals give you a better idea of what the inside of the equipment looks like and should come with some helpful diagrams too. You might misplace the one that came with your equipment, but if you bought that item used, the seller may not have given you a manual. Most manuals include a troubleshooting section too that walks you through some common issues and what those issues mean. Taking classes, watching videos and reading manuals can help you learn how to repair machinery and equipment without any professional help.