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Working As A Building Maintenance Mechanic

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $36,630

    Average Salary

What Does A Building Maintenance Mechanic 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 Mechanic

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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Building Maintenance Mechanic Career Paths

Building Maintenance Mechanic
Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Operator Correction Officer Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Building Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Division Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Building Maintenance Technician Building Engineer Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner Maintenance Manager
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Operator Electrician Foreman
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Electrician Journeyman Electrician Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Equipment Operator Electrician Foreman
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Equipment Operator Technician Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Electrician Foreman Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Building Mechanic 4.8 years
Mechanic 3.5 years
Maintenance Person 3.0 years
Maintenance Worker 2.3 years
Maintenance Helper 1.9 years
Maintenance Aide 1.7 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 5.8%
Cashier 4.9%
Mechanic 4.8%
Carpenter 4.7%
Owner 4.1%
Custodian 4.1%
Driver 4.1%
Welder 3.7%
Top Employers After
Driver 4.9%
Technician 4.8%
Custodian 3.8%
Mechanic 3.7%
Supervisor 3.5%
Janitor 3.5%
Cashier 3.5%
Welder 3.4%

Building Maintenance Mechanic Demographics

Gender

Male

89.6%

Female

9.2%

Unknown

1.3%
Ethnicity

White

77.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

80.4%

Carrier

3.9%

Swahili

2.0%

Finnish

2.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Albanian

2.0%

French

2.0%

Tagalog

2.0%

Navajo

2.0%

Croatian

2.0%
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Building Maintenance Mechanic Education

Schools

Orleans Technical Institute

8.4%

University of Phoenix

8.4%

Universal Technical Institute

6.3%

Porter and Chester Institute

6.3%

Lincoln Technical Institute

6.3%

Ferris State University

5.3%

Apex Technical School

5.3%

Cuyahoga Community College

5.3%

Northwestern Technological Institute

4.2%

Community College of Philadelphia

4.2%

College of DuPage

4.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.2%

Ranken Technical College

4.2%

New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York

4.2%

Sinclair Community College

4.2%

Kaplan University

4.2%

Northern Michigan University

4.2%

University of Wisconsin - Madison

4.2%

Fresno City College

3.2%

Saint Louis University-

3.2%
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Majors

Business

12.3%

Heating And Air Conditioning

11.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

8.3%

Automotive Technology

7.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

6.6%

Electrical Engineering

5.6%

Criminal Justice

5.5%

Property Management

5.5%

Industrial Technology

4.5%

General Studies

4.5%

Liberal Arts

3.5%

Precision Metal Working

3.3%

Engineering

3.3%

Computer Science

3.1%

Accounting

2.8%

Communication

2.5%

Drafting And Design

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Information Technology

2.3%

Construction Management

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

50.0%

Bachelors

15.0%

Associate

14.0%

Certificate

13.6%

Diploma

4.9%

Masters

1.4%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Building Maintenance Mechanic

HvacWindowsSafetyStandardsDoorLocksFloorCareDrywallRepairFacilitySnowRemovalUpkeepJanitorialBoilersAirCompressorsGeneralBuildingMaintenanceLightFixturesElectricalRepairsHandToolsLightBulbsCustomerServiceBuildingRepairsGroundsMaintenance

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Top Building Maintenance Mechanic Skills

  1. Hvac
  2. Windows
  3. Safety Standards
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed preventative maintenance and service on HVAC, rooftop package units, liquid chilled systems, refrigeration systems and ice machines.
  • Clean exterior and interior windows daily, make sure all vents are in good working condition and replace filters as needed.
  • Performed finishing/repairs to curbs and sidewalks, patching and repairing roads within property to meet corporate safety standards and reduce incidents.
  • Manage carpet cleaning, vacuuming, floor care, trash removal and restroom cleaning for 10+ offices and 100+ employees.
  • Inspected facility and grounds and picked up any trash.

Top Building Maintenance Mechanic Employers