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Working As An Engine Maintenance Mechanic

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $58,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Engine 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 An Engine 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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Engine Maintenance Mechanic Career Paths

Engine Maintenance Mechanic
Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Production Supervisor
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Manager Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Manager Owner
Maintenance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Owner Maintenance Manager
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Owner Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Project Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Operations Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Consultant Service Manager
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Facility Engineer Maintenance Supervisor
Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Facility Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Reliability Engineer Maintenance Manager Chief Engineer
Chief Building Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Reliability Engineer Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Assistant Chief Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Reliability Engineer Systems Engineer Network Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Plant Engineer Facility Engineer
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Equipment Engineer Senior Field Service Engineer
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Stationary Engineer Hvac Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Stationary Engineer Hvac Technician Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Manager Of Maintenance Technology
7 Yearsyrs
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Top Careers Before Engine Maintenance Mechanic
Engineer 8.1%
Internship 4.0%
Supervisor 3.2%
Mechanic 3.2%
Trainee 2.0%
Owner 1.7%
Top Careers After Engine Maintenance Mechanic
Engineer 8.0%
Mechanic 2.7%
Manager 2.5%
Owner 2.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$58,000
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$47,000
Min 10%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Bayer
Highest Paying City
Oakland, CA
Highest Paying State
Iowa
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does an Engine Maintenance Mechanic make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Engine Maintenance Mechanic in the United States is $58,738 per year or $28 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $47,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $72,000.

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Top Skills for An Engine Maintenance Mechanic

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Water Pumps
  3. Equipment Repair
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained and repaired heavy machinery and performed preventative maintenance on equipment in corrugated paper production.
  • Assisted in the setup and control wiring of air handling units and process water pumps for newly constructed plant.
  • Prepare equipment repairs and improvement recommendations and follow-up on implementation, completion and post audit.
  • Designed, sized and installed a direct expansion split system HVAC for a 30,000 sq.
  • Experienced with meeting daily industrial and facility maintenance demands to minimize impacts of service failures and safety concerns.

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Top 10 Best States for Engine Maintenance Mechanics

  1. Iowa
  2. Kentucky
  3. Nevada
  4. Indiana
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Tennessee
  7. Kansas
  8. Wyoming
  9. Nebraska
  10. Ohio
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Engine Maintenance Mechanic Demographics

Gender

Male

88.2%

Unknown

6.4%

Female

5.4%
Ethnicity

White

54.1%

Hispanic or Latino

16.6%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

9.4%

Unknown

8.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.5%

Hindi

8.3%

Arabic

8.3%

German

4.2%

Igbo

4.2%

Yoruba

4.2%

French

4.2%

Gujarati

4.2%

Persian

4.2%

Malayalam

4.2%

Mandarin

4.2%

Korean

4.2%

Tamil

4.2%

Carrier

4.2%
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Engine Maintenance Mechanic Education

Schools

Michigan Technological University

6.7%

North Carolina State University

6.7%

University of South Alabama

6.7%

Purdue University

6.7%

University of Oklahoma

6.7%

Syracuse University

4.4%

Refrigeration School Inc

4.4%

Prairie View A & M University

4.4%

Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

4.4%

T.A. Lawson State Community College

4.4%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

4.4%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.4%

Southern University and A & M College

4.4%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

4.4%

Columbus State Community College

4.4%

University of Houston

4.4%

Rochester Community and Technical College

4.4%

Oklahoma State University

4.4%

Texas A&M University

4.4%

More Tech Institute

4.4%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

47.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

7.1%

Heating And Air Conditioning

6.2%

Engineering

6.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.3%

Business

2.9%

Aviation

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.9%

General Studies

2.9%

Education

2.4%

Precision Metal Working

1.9%

Industrial Technology

1.9%

Engineering Technology

1.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.4%

Criminal Justice

1.4%

Property Management

1.4%

Information Technology

1.4%

Management

1.0%

Biology

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.9%

Masters

14.5%

Certificate

10.7%

High School Diploma

9.9%

Diploma

8.7%

Associate

7.9%

License

2.1%

Doctorate

0.4%
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