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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
  • $31,000

    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
Maintenance Technician Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Foreman Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Electrician Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Electrician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Driver Field Service Technician Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Technician Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Technician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Self-Employed Maintenance Supervisor
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Service Technician Hvac Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Installer Hvac Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Journeyman Superintendent
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Shop Foreman Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Owner/Operator Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Lead Engineer Chief Engineer
Chief Building Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Welder Leadman Lead Person
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Building Maintenance Technician Building Engineer Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Building Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Facilities Manager Assistant Chief Engineer
Chief Maintenance Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Building Mechanic 4.6 years
Maintenance Person 3.0 years
Maintenance Worker 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Building Maintenance Mechanic
Cashier 9.7%
Carpenter 4.9%
Mechanic 4.7%
Technician 4.5%
Custodian 4.2%
Driver 3.8%
Janitor 3.6%
Supervisor 3.5%
Top Careers After Building Maintenance Mechanic
Driver 5.9%
Technician 4.6%
Cashier 4.5%
Custodian 3.8%
Mechanic 3.7%
Janitor 3.3%
Carpenter 3.3%
Welder 2.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$31,000
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$21,000
Min 10%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$48,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Livermore, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Building Maintenance Mechanic make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Building Maintenance Mechanic in the United States is $32,015 per year or $15 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $21,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $48,000.

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Top Skills for A Building Maintenance Mechanic

  1. Hvac
  2. Safe Environment
  3. Drywall Repair
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained, diagnosed and repaired large and small-scale HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, and Control Systems and their support equipment.
  • Educate team members about the importance of working in a safe environment.
  • General maintenance of city buildings including mopping, painting, drywall repairs.
  • Clean building floors by power washing, sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming and waxing them.
  • Completed basic building maintenance and landscaping including lawn care, removal of debris and snow removal.

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Building Maintenance Mechanic Demographics

Gender

Male

81.8%

Unknown

9.9%

Female

8.3%
Ethnicity

White

63.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.9%

Black or African American

10.5%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

80.0%

Polish

3.8%

Albanian

2.5%

French

2.5%

Carrier

2.5%

Swahili

1.3%

Finnish

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Tagalog

1.3%

Russian

1.3%

Navajo

1.3%

Croatian

1.3%
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Building Maintenance Mechanic Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.4%

Universal Technical Institute

9.1%

The Academy

8.0%

Orleans Technical Institute

7.4%

Apex Technical School

6.3%

Lincoln Technical Institute

5.7%

College of DuPage

5.1%

University of the District of Columbia

4.6%

Montgomery College

4.0%

Vatterott College - Cleveland

4.0%

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

3.4%

Community College of Philadelphia

3.4%

Joliet Junior College

3.4%

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

3.4%

Erie Community College

3.4%

Porter and Chester Institute

3.4%

Moraine Park Technical College

3.4%

Hennepin Technical College

3.4%

Triton College

3.4%

Cuyahoga Community College

3.4%
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Majors

Business

13.0%

Heating And Air Conditioning

12.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

9.4%

Automotive Technology

8.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

7.9%

General Studies

5.4%

Property Management

5.1%

Criminal Justice

4.7%

Electrical Engineering

4.2%

Industrial Technology

3.8%

Liberal Arts

3.0%

Precision Metal Working

2.9%

Computer Science

2.8%

Education

2.7%

Construction Management

2.6%

Drafting And Design

2.5%

Mechanical Engineering

2.4%

Engineering

2.4%

Accounting

2.4%

Communication

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

51.1%

Associate

14.9%

Bachelors

13.5%

Certificate

12.3%

Diploma

5.7%

Masters

1.6%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.1%
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