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Working As An Electrical Maintenance Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $43,808

    Average Salary

What Does An Electrical 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 An Electrical 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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Electrical Maintenance Technician Career Paths

Electrical Maintenance Technician
Mechanical Technician Operator Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Controls Technician Control Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Technician Maintenance Technician Electrical Technician
Electrical Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Electrical Technician Electrical Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Controls Technician Controls Engineer Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Electrical Technician Instrument And Controls Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Operations Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Electrical Technician Field Service Technician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Operations Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Electrical Technician Maintenance Supervisor Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Controls Technician Controls Technician Maintenance Manager
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Service Manager Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Controls Technician Network Technician Field Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager General Manager Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Field Service Technician Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Robot Technician 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Electrician 14.9%
Technician 4.0%
Owner 2.7%
Supervisor 1.8%
Mechanic 1.7%
Top Employers After
Electrician 10.3%
Technician 4.5%
Owner 1.9%

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Electrical Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

94.6%

Female

3.9%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

63.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

12.7%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.6%

German

11.1%

Japanese

7.4%

Portuguese

3.7%

Bulgarian

3.7%

Russian

3.7%

Carrier

3.7%

Dutch

3.7%

Dakota

3.7%

Arabic

3.7%
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Electrical Maintenance Technician Education

Schools

Calhoun Community College

9.8%

University of Phoenix

8.5%

Ranken Technical College

8.5%

Community College of the Air Force

6.1%

Troy University

4.9%

IVY TECH STATE COLLEGE - KOKOMO - Health Sciences

4.9%

Triangle Tech Inc-Pittsburgh

4.9%

Purdue University Calumet

4.9%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

4.9%

Coyne College

4.9%

Piedmont Technical College

4.9%

Arkansas State University

3.7%

Northeast Mississippi Community College

3.7%

Atlanta Technical College

3.7%

Wake Technical Community College

3.7%

Hutchinson Community College

3.7%

Pennsylvania College of Technology

3.7%

Henry Ford College

3.7%

Augusta Technical College

3.7%

Jefferson State Community College

3.7%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering Technology

34.3%

Electrical Engineering

23.8%

Industrial Technology

6.9%

Business

5.9%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

3.7%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

3.0%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

2.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.1%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.1%

General Studies

1.7%

Management

1.7%

Automotive Technology

1.5%

Education

1.5%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.5%

Engineering Technology

1.4%

Aviation

1.4%

Music

1.4%

Engineering

1.4%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.4%

Computer Science

1.2%
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Degrees

Other

37.1%

Associate

29.7%

Bachelors

14.0%

Certificate

10.0%

Diploma

4.9%

Masters

3.0%

License

1.3%
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Top Skills for An Electrical Maintenance Technician

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  1. PLC
  2. Motor
  3. Preventative Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Evaluated and incorporated automation upgrading to include PLC integration and interfacing with various types of process instrumentation.
  • Provide support, repair and P/M of all analyzers, transmitters, valves, motors and controls, DCS and CEMS.
  • Provided preventative maintenance ideas, coordinated vendor proposals, and supervised large property inspections, i.e.
  • Implemented Preventive Maintenance Schedule for production machines to ensure optimal working conditional.
  • Implemented changes that comply with organizational and safety standards and organized remedial training for new or revised procedural and safety adherence.

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