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Working As A Building Maintenance Custodian

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $36,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Building Maintenance Custodian 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 A Building Maintenance Custodian

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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Average Length of Employment
Building Custodian 3.7 years
Custodial Engineer 3.0 years
Maintenance Person 3.0 years
Custodian 2.9 years
Maintenance Worker 2.4 years
Maintenance Aide 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Building Maintenance Custodian
Custodian 17.2%
Cleaner 9.5%
Cashier 5.2%
Supervisor 4.3%
Manager 4.3%
Driver 3.4%
Cook 3.4%
Mechanic 3.4%
Top Careers After Building Maintenance Custodian
Custodian 15.0%
Cashier 7.1%
Cleaner 6.3%
Driver 6.3%
Porter 3.9%
Janitor 3.9%

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Building Maintenance Custodian Demographics

Gender

Male

79.8%

Female

11.6%

Unknown

8.7%
Ethnicity

White

63.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

10.5%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Carrier

33.3%

French

33.3%

Spanish

33.3%

Building Maintenance Custodian Education

Schools

Community College of Philadelphia

10.7%

Baker College of Muskegon

7.1%

Los Angeles Technology Center

7.1%

New York University

7.1%

Milwaukee Area Technical College

7.1%

Bismarck State College

7.1%

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

7.1%

Oklahoma Christian University

3.6%

Eastern Michigan University

3.6%

Shenandoah University

3.6%

Suffolk County Community College

3.6%

Northwest College

3.6%

Heidelberg University

3.6%

Remington College-Memphis Campus

3.6%

Specs Howard School of Media Arts

3.6%

Central Texas College

3.6%

Tri-Rivers Career Center

3.6%

Vincennes University

3.6%

Vatterott College - Berkeley

3.6%

Central State University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

18.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

13.0%

General Studies

6.5%

Computer Science

5.2%

Education

5.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.9%

Pharmacy

3.9%

Computer Information Systems

3.9%

Psychology

3.9%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.9%

Human Resources Management

3.9%

Automotive Technology

3.9%

Communication

3.9%

Information Technology

3.9%

Accounting

3.9%

Management

2.6%

Health Education

2.6%

Fine Arts

2.6%

Physics

2.6%

Industrial Technology

2.6%
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Degrees

Other

42.5%

Bachelors

19.7%

Associate

18.1%

Certificate

13.4%

Diploma

5.5%

Masters

0.8%
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Top Skills for A Building Maintenance Custodian

  1. Building Floors
  2. Major Repairs
  3. Safety Hazards
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Cleaned building floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming and serviced/cleaned restrooms.
  • Notified managers concerning the need for major repairs and additions to building operating systems.
  • Checked electrical appliances for safety hazards.
  • Repaired and maintained the following Replacing A/C filters, replacing light fixtures, cleaning property.
  • Snow removal of sidewalks and municipal parking lots, including the use of small and large equipment, i.e.

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