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Working As An Equipment Maintenance Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $45,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Equipment 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 Equipment 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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Equipment Maintenance Technician Career Paths

Equipment Maintenance Technician
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Supervisor Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Owner Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Equipment Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Equipment Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Equipment Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager Facilities Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Equipment Engineer Process Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Equipment Engineer Process Engineer Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Equipment Engineer Process Engineer Production Manager
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Supervisor Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Owner Facilities Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Manager Technical Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Maintenance Technician Maintenance Lead Technician Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Manager Of Maintenance Technology
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Maintenance Technician Maintenance Technician Supervisor Maintenance Superintendent
Operations And Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Maintenance Technician Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Mechanics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Senior Field Service Engineer
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Building Engineer
Senior Facility Technician
5 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Hvac Mechanic Senior Mechanic
Senior Maintenance Mechanic
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Equipment Engineer 4.2 years
Top Careers Before Equipment Maintenance Technician
Technician 8.2%
Mechanic 3.5%
Welder 2.4%
Operator 2.2%
Top Careers After Equipment Maintenance Technician
Technician 7.3%
Owner 2.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$45,000
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$31,000
Min 10%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$66,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Kaiser Permanente
Highest Paying City
Mountain View, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
4.6 years
How much does an Equipment Maintenance Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Equipment Maintenance Technician in the United States is $45,331 per year or $22 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $31,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $66,000.

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Top Skills for An Equipment Maintenance Technician

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Repair Equipment
  3. Maintenance Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed preventative maintenance on equipment per manufacturer s and/or engineering defined process and maintained CMMS database.
  • Maintained inventory of all tools and repair equipment and ensured calibration.
  • Applied expertise and specialized skills to guide and train other maintenance technicians and updated existing preventive maintenance procedures and specifications.
  • Demonstrated ability to rapidly adapt to Company Training Programs, Safety Procedures and Emergence Protocol.
  • Performed preventative maintenance and troubleshooting on semiconductor equipment in automated manufacturing facility.

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Equipment Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

86.3%

Unknown

7.9%

Female

5.8%
Ethnicity

White

57.9%

Hispanic or Latino

19.8%

Asian

9.7%

Black or African American

8.8%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

Chinese

7.4%

Vietnamese

7.4%

Carrier

3.7%

Tagalog

3.7%

Russian

3.7%

Polish

3.7%

Arapaho

3.7%
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Equipment Maintenance Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.0%

Community College of the Air Force

9.8%

San Jose State University

6.2%

Mission College

6.2%

Austin Community College

5.7%

Universal Technical Institute

5.2%

The Academy

4.6%

San Jose City College

4.6%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

4.1%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

4.1%

Evergreen Valley College

4.1%

ITT Technical Institute-Albuquerque

3.6%

ITT Technical Institute-Phoenix

3.6%

More Tech Institute

3.6%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

3.1%

Arizona State University

3.1%

Quinsigamond Community College

3.1%

ITT Technical Institute-Austin

3.1%

Portland Community College

3.1%

Boise State University

3.1%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

28.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

18.5%

Business

8.7%

Automotive Technology

6.8%

Industrial Technology

3.6%

Mechanical Engineering

3.6%

Information Technology

3.6%

Computer Science

3.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Precision Metal Working

2.1%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.1%

Engineering

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.0%

General Studies

1.9%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Aviation

1.7%

Management

1.6%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

1.3%
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Degrees

Associate

31.6%

Other

29.6%

Bachelors

24.4%

Certificate

8.5%

Masters

2.9%

Diploma

2.5%

License

0.5%
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