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Working As A Building Maintenance Engineer

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $30,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Building Maintenance Engineer 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 Engineer

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 Mechanic 4.6 years
Building Engineer 4.3 years
Top Careers Before Building Maintenance Engineer
Engineer 4.8%
Mechanic 4.0%
Technician 3.7%
Owner 3.4%
Plumber 3.1%
Carpenter 2.8%
Apprentice 2.8%
Top Careers After Building Maintenance Engineer
Owner 4.1%
Technician 3.8%
Custodian 3.0%

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Building Maintenance Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

86.3%

Unknown

9.8%

Female

4.0%
Ethnicity

White

57.0%

Hispanic or Latino

20.4%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.9%

Albanian

10.5%

Portuguese

5.3%

Ukrainian

5.3%

French

5.3%

Carrier

5.3%

Russian

5.3%

Croatian

5.3%
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Building Maintenance Engineer Education

Schools

Northern Virginia Community College

8.2%

Moraine Valley Community College

6.6%

University of Phoenix

6.6%

Ferris State University

6.6%

San Diego City College

6.6%

University of Maryland - University College

4.9%

Prince George's Community College

4.9%

Ranken Technical College

4.9%

California State University - Los Angeles

4.9%

Central Piedmont Community College

4.9%

Dunwoody College of Technology

4.9%

Hennepin Technical College

4.9%

San Diego Mesa College

4.9%

Environmental Technical Institute

4.9%

Orleans Technical Institute

4.9%

Refrigeration School Inc

3.3%

TESST College of Technology - Alexandria

3.3%

University of the District of Columbia

3.3%

Columbia College Chicago

3.3%

Bay State School of Technology

3.3%
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Majors

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

17.9%

Heating And Air Conditioning

14.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

7.7%

Business

7.7%

Electrical Engineering

6.0%

Property Management

5.5%

Criminal Justice

5.1%

Mechanical Engineering

4.7%

Precision Metal Working

3.4%

Computer Science

3.4%

Engineering

3.4%

Industrial Technology

3.0%

Automotive Technology

3.0%

General Studies

2.6%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

2.1%

Education

2.1%

Information Technology

2.1%

Drafting And Design

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

43.3%

Associate

17.8%

Bachelors

15.3%

Certificate

11.9%

Diploma

6.5%

Masters

3.7%

License

1.1%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Building Maintenance Engineer

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Hvac
  3. Drywall Repair
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and implemented a written preventative maintenance program to extend the life real property related equipment.
  • Replaced electrical motors and HVAC systems up to 480 volts, up to 90 hp, after main disconnect.
  • Mowed, edged and trimmed, identified Safety hazards, Mulched leaves, Equipment Maintenance, Garbage disposal and Watered.
  • Supervised and performed retrofit of over 400 light fixtures in 4 buildings with energy efficient ballast and fluorescent light bulbs.
  • Increase organizational efficiency and productivity by keeping facility equipment in optimal running condition.

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