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Working As A Custodial Maintenance Worker

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $36,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Custodial Maintenance Worker 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 Custodial Maintenance Worker

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
Custodial Engineer 3.0 years
Custodian 2.9 years
Custodian Worker 2.8 years
Maintenance Worker 2.4 years
Day Porter 2.2 years
Cleaner 2.1 years
Janitor 2.0 years
Porter 1.9 years
General Cleaner 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Custodial Maintenance Worker
Cashier 10.9%
Cleaner 9.0%
Custodian 7.0%
Janitor 4.3%
Porter 3.8%
Cook 3.4%
Supervisor 3.2%
Top Careers After Custodial Maintenance Worker
Cleaner 11.1%
Cashier 7.7%
Custodian 6.7%
Driver 5.5%
Porter 4.5%
Janitor 3.9%
Prep Cook 2.7%

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Custodial Maintenance Worker Demographics

Gender

Male

73.2%

Female

14.1%

Unknown

12.7%
Ethnicity

White

63.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.6%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

5.6%

Unknown

2.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

80.0%

Swedish

3.3%

Chinese

3.3%

German

3.3%

Japanese

3.3%

Carrier

3.3%

Polish

3.3%
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Custodial Maintenance Worker Education

Schools

The Academy

9.4%

University of Phoenix

8.2%

New York University

7.1%

Liberty University

7.1%

Monroe College

5.9%

Richland Community College

5.9%

Apex Technical School

5.9%

Lake Land College

5.9%

Middle Georgia Technical College

4.7%

Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York

4.7%

Bard College

3.5%

Bronx Community College of the City University of New York

3.5%

Brigham Young University

3.5%

Mercy College - Dobbs Ferry

3.5%

East Tennessee State University

3.5%

Bowling Green State University

3.5%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.5%

Technology Center

3.5%

University of Utah

3.5%

Dutchess Community College

3.5%
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Majors

Business

22.9%

General Studies

12.1%

Liberal Arts

6.5%

Criminal Justice

5.6%

Automotive Technology

5.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.1%

Education

4.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.5%

Computer Science

4.2%

Precision Metal Working

3.4%

Electrical Engineering

3.1%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

Industrial Technology

2.8%

Music

2.5%

Accounting

2.5%

Fine Arts

2.3%

Management

2.3%

Psychology

2.3%

Medical Assisting Services

2.3%

Graphic Design

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

44.2%

Associate

16.1%

Certificate

16.0%

Bachelors

15.7%

Diploma

4.3%

Masters

2.3%

License

1.1%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Custodial Maintenance Worker

  1. Building Floors
  2. Public Restrooms
  3. Clean Bathrooms
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Cleaned building floors by sweeping, mopping and vacuuming; serviced, cleaned and resupplied restrooms.
  • Cleaned public restrooms, including scrubbing sinks, toilets, counter tops and mirrors.
  • Clean bathrooms sinks toilets, mirrors, trash disposal.
  • Snow removal, grass cutting, cleaning of fields after outside events, cleaning inside school after events.
  • Performed window washing and office furniture relocation as needed.

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