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Working As A Building Maintenance Technician

  • 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 Technician 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 Technician

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 Technician Career Paths

Building Maintenance Technician
Technician Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Electrician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Owner/Operator Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Build-Release Engineer Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Lead Engineer Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Facilities Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electrician Foreman
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Handyman Foreman Superintendent
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Handyman Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Handyman Journeyman Superintendent
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Field Service Technician Maintenance Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Driver Self-Employed Lead Person
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Mail Clerk Environmental Services Supervisor
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Plumber Maintenance Technician Maintenance Electrician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Plumber Estimator Assistant Project Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Owner Chief Engineer
Chief Building Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Facilities Technician Journeyman Electrician Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Building Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Maintenance Person 3.0 years
Maintenance Worker 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Building Maintenance Technician
Technician 6.9%
Carpenter 3.8%
Owner 3.4%
Custodian 3.1%
Mechanic 3.0%
Supervisor 2.8%
Top Careers After Building Maintenance Technician
Owner 4.6%
Technician 4.2%
Driver 3.5%
Carpenter 3.2%
Handyman 3.1%
Custodian 2.5%
Plumber 2.5%

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Building Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

87.2%

Unknown

8.2%

Female

4.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.9%

Hispanic or Latino

17.2%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

French

10.3%

Carrier

5.1%

Arabic

5.1%

Urdu

2.6%

Dari

2.6%

Cantonese

2.6%

Dakota

2.6%

Croatian

2.6%
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Building Maintenance Technician Education

Schools

Orleans Technical Institute

12.0%

Lincoln Technical Institute

9.4%

Vatterott College - Cleveland

6.0%

A-Technical College

6.0%

Sacramento City College

6.0%

University of Phoenix

5.1%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.1%

Prince George's Community College

4.3%

Technical Career Institute

4.3%

Ferris State University

4.3%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

4.3%

Salt Lake Community College

4.3%

Vatterott College - Sunset Hills

4.3%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

4.3%

Vatterott College - Berkeley

3.4%

Walla Walla Community College

3.4%

Brownson Technical School

3.4%

Gateway Community College

3.4%

Kirkwood Community College

3.4%

Hennepin Technical College

3.4%
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Majors

Heating And Air Conditioning

15.8%

Business

12.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

12.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

9.0%

Electrical Engineering

6.5%

Property Management

5.7%

General Studies

4.9%

Automotive Technology

4.8%

Industrial Technology

3.9%

Criminal Justice

3.3%

Computer Science

3.1%

Precision Metal Working

2.7%

Fine Arts

2.2%

Education

2.2%

Psychology

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Graphic Design

1.9%

Management

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

46.4%

Associate

18.3%

Certificate

14.8%

Bachelors

12.6%

Diploma

6.2%

Masters

1.0%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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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%
$46,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Lowes Foods
Highest Paying City
Bakersfield, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does a Building Maintenance Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Building Maintenance Technician in the United States is $31,758 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 $46,000.

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Top Skills for A Building Maintenance Technician

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Hvac
  3. Drywall Repair
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Help implement Predictive and Preventative maintenance including schedules and accurate procedures.
  • Perform and manage routine building maintenance tasks, including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC repair and maintenance.
  • Concrete finisher, Metal studding, drywall repair and install, roofer, felting, sheet-rock.
  • Support and enforce all policies, governmental such as One Call, OSHA rules, health and safety regulations, etc.
  • Cleaned apartment units in preparation for occupancy.

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