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Working As A Building Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $41,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Building 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 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 Technician Career Paths

Building Technician
Maintenance Technician Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Foreman Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Systems Engineer Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Team Leader Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Consultant Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Build-Release Engineer Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Owner Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Field Technician Electrician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Consultant Lead Technician
Service Technician Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Technical Support Engineer Technical Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Foreman Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Electrician Maintenance Electrician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Owner/Operator Estimator Project Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Building Mechanic 4.6 years
Repair Technician 3.1 years
Building Assistant 2.2 years
Junior Technician 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Building Technician
Technician 12.4%
Cashier 6.9%
Owner 4.7%
Internship 4.4%
Manager 4.0%
Supervisor 3.6%
Mechanic 3.6%
Top Careers After Building Technician
Technician 9.6%
Owner 4.9%
Cashier 3.4%
Supervisor 3.2%

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Building Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

74.7%

Female

14.1%

Unknown

11.2%
Ethnicity

White

62.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.3%

Russian

11.1%

Portuguese

5.6%

French

5.6%

Kazakh

5.6%

Swahili

2.8%

Chinese

2.8%

Ukrainian

2.8%

German

2.8%

Carrier

2.8%
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Building Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.3%

Macomb Community College

8.0%

Portland Community College

5.4%

Pikes Peak Community College

5.4%

University of Maryland - University College

4.5%

Houston Community College

4.5%

Oakland Community College

4.5%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.5%

Henry Ford College

3.6%

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

3.6%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

3.6%

Monroe Community College

3.6%

A-Technical College

3.6%

Renton Technical College

3.6%

Schoolcraft College

3.6%

University of North Texas

3.6%

Kaplan University

3.6%

Colorado Technical University

3.6%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

2.7%

Central Piedmont Community College

2.7%
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Majors

Business

16.8%

Electrical Engineering

7.9%

Automotive Technology

7.1%

Heating And Air Conditioning

6.2%

Information Technology

6.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.8%

Computer Science

5.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

5.0%

Computer Information Systems

5.0%

Criminal Justice

4.8%

General Studies

4.4%

Computer Networking

4.0%

Management

3.3%

Liberal Arts

3.1%

Civil Engineering

2.9%

Computer Engineering

2.9%

Health Care Administration

2.5%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Communication

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

34.1%

Bachelors

26.3%

Associate

20.8%

Certificate

9.9%

Masters

4.7%

Diploma

3.4%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$41,000
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$24,000
Min 10%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
AT&T
Highest Paying City
Foster City, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Building Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Building Technician in the United States is $41,183 per year or $20 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $24,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $69,000.

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Top Skills for A Building Technician

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Drywall Repair
  3. Preventative Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Installed, upgraded and tested computer hardware and software for major client.
  • Worked cleaning and repairing building as needed Painting, drywall repair.
  • Perform preventative maintenance, document all maintenance/repairs, and communicate work performed to customers.
  • Performed all required monthly maintenance on multiple types and styles of equipment (Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC, Lighting).
  • Refreshed existing PCs that had windows XP with Windows 7 OS * Provided end user support both in person and remotely.

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Top 10 Best States for Building Technicians

  1. Alaska
  2. Nevada
  3. Minnesota
  4. Iowa
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Ohio
  7. North Dakota
  8. Connecticut
  9. Rhode Island
  10. Indiana
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  • (662 jobs)
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