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Working As An Apartment Maintenance Supervisor

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $32,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Apartment Maintenance Supervisor Do

General maintenance and repair workers fix and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They paint, repair flooring, and work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems.

Duties

General maintenance and repair workers typically do the following:

  • Maintain and repair machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings
  • Fix or replace faulty electrical switches, outlets, and circuit breakers
  • Inspect and diagnose problems and figure out the best way to correct them
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that machines continue to run smoothly
  • Assemble and set up machinery or equipment
  • Plan repair work using blueprints or diagrams
  • Do general cleaning and upkeep of buildings and properties
  • Order supplies from catalogs and storerooms
  • Meet with clients to estimate repairs and costs
  • Keep detailed records of their work

General maintenance and repair workers are hired for maintenance and repair tasks that are not complex enough to need the specialized training of a licensed tradesperson, such as a plumber or electrician.

These workers are also responsible for recognizing when a job is above their skill level and requires the expertise of an electrician; a carpenter; a heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanic or installer; or a plumber, pipefitter, or steamfitter.

General maintenance and repair workers may fix plaster or drywall. They may fix or paint roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, and other parts of buildings.

They also maintain and repair specialized equipment and machinery in cafeterias, laundries, hospitals, stores, offices, and factories.

General maintenance and repair workers get supplies and repair parts from distributors or storerooms to fix problems. They use common hand and power tools, such as screwdrivers, saws, drills, wrenches, and hammers to fix, replace, or repair equipment and parts of buildings.

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How To Become An Apartment Maintenance Supervisor

Jobs in this field typically do not require any formal education beyond high school. General maintenance and repair workers often learn their skills on the job. They start by doing simple tasks and watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers.

Education

Many maintenance and repair workers learn some basic skills in high school shop or technical education classes, postsecondary trade or vocational schools, or community colleges.

Courses in mechanical drawing, electricity, woodworking, blueprint reading, mathematics, and computers are useful. Maintenance and repair workers often do work that involves electrical, plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning systems or painting and roofing tasks. Workers need a good working knowledge of many repair and maintenance tasks.

Practical training, available at many adult education centers and community colleges, is another option for workers to learn tasks such as drywall repair and basic plumbing.

Training

General maintenance and repair workers usually start by watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers. They begin by doing simple tasks, such as fixing leaky faucets and replacing lightbulbs. After gaining experience, general maintenance and repair workers move on to more difficult tasks, such as overhauling machinery or building walls.

Some general maintenance and repair workers learn their skills by assisting other types of repair or construction workers, including machinery repairers, carpenters, or electricians.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensing requirements vary by state and locality. For more complex tasks, workers may need to be licensed in a particular specialty, such as electrical or plumbing work.

Advancement

Some maintenance and repair workers decide to train in one specific craft and become craftworkers, such as electricians, heating and air-conditioning mechanics, or plumbers.

Other maintenance workers eventually open their own repair or contracting business. However, those who want to become a project manager or own their own business may need some postsecondary education or a degree in construction management. For more information, see the profile on construction managers.

Within small organizations, promotion opportunities may be limited.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. These workers interact with customers on a regular basis. They need to be friendly and able to address customers’ questions.

Dexterity. Many repair and maintenance tasks, such as repairing small devices, connecting or attaching components, and using hand tools, require a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination.

Troubleshooting skills. Workers find, diagnose, and repair problems. They perform tests to figure out the cause of problems before fixing equipment.

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Apartment Maintenance Supervisor Career Paths

Apartment Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Supervisor Supervisor Assistant Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Supervisor Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Supervisor Manager
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Owner Owner/Manager Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Owner Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Owner
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator Property Manager Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator Maintenance Manager
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator Property Manager Facilities Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Principal Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Manager President/Owner Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Director Environmental Services Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Apartment Manager Store Manager Service Manager
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Apartment Manager
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Apartment Manager Owner/Manager Construction Superintendent
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Maintenance Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Construction Manager Quality Control Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Technician Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Building Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Technician Senior Technologist Senior Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Apartment Maintenance Supervisor
Owner 4.3%
Supervisor 4.3%
Carpenter 4.1%
Technician 3.9%
Cashier 3.9%
Welder 3.2%
Cook 3.0%
Manager 2.8%
Painter 2.8%
Top Careers After Apartment Maintenance Supervisor
Painter 5.3%
Owner 4.4%
Cashier 4.2%
Handyman 3.0%
Driver 2.8%
Cook 2.5%
Installer 2.5%

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Top Skills for An Apartment Maintenance Supervisor

  1. Vacant Units
  2. Drywall Repair
  3. Hvac
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Complete all duties regarding make-ready/vacant units.
  • Turn apartments by doing drywall repair, texturing walls, painting, flooring removal, installation and repair of appliances.
  • Coordinated HVAC replacement project (replacing older condenser and evaporator units) using proper Freon recover.
  • Perform preventative maintenance to entire property.
  • Procured apartment maintenance tools and repair materials.

Apartment Maintenance Supervisor Demographics

Gender

Male

79.7%

Unknown

10.7%

Female

9.5%
Ethnicity

White

63.2%

Hispanic or Latino

17.4%

Black or African American

10.4%

Asian

5.4%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

86.7%

Portuguese

6.7%

French

6.7%

Apartment Maintenance Supervisor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.2%

Central Michigan University

8.8%

Pima Community College

7.4%

American River College

7.4%

Ferris State University

7.4%

Ashworth College

4.4%

Brigham Young University

4.4%

A-Technical College

4.4%

Kaplan University

4.4%

Hudson Valley Community College

4.4%

Michigan State University

4.4%

Oakland Community College

4.4%

Chemeketa Community College

4.4%

Texas Southern University

2.9%

Interactive College of Technology

2.9%

Washington State University

2.9%

South Texas Vocational Technical Institute - McAllen

2.9%

San Joaquin Valley College

2.9%

Diablo Valley College

2.9%

Tarrant County College District

2.9%
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Majors

Business

15.4%

Heating And Air Conditioning

15.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

8.5%

Criminal Justice

6.5%

Precision Metal Working

6.1%

Electrical Engineering

5.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.3%

General Studies

5.3%

Psychology

4.5%

Industrial Technology

3.2%

Computer Science

3.2%

Automotive Technology

3.2%

History

2.8%

Education

2.4%

Management

2.4%

Property Management

2.4%

Drafting And Design

2.0%

Kinesiology

2.0%

Computer Networking

2.0%

Music

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

44.2%

Bachelors

15.8%

Associate

14.6%

Certificate

12.1%

Diploma

7.5%

Masters

4.3%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.8%
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