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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
  • $36,630

    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
Equipment Technician Field Service Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Field Engineer Assistant Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Equipment Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Equipment Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Operations Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Process Technician Operations Manager Property Manager
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Process Technician Service Technician Field Supervisor
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Equipment Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Equipment Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Equipment Engineering Technician Equipment Engineer Project Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Design Engineer Process Engineer
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Final Test Technician Engineering Technician Quality Engineer
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Equipment Engineer Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Equipment Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Final Test Technician Senior Field Service Engineer Senior Field Engineer
Technical Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Equipment Engineer 4.1 years
Plant Technician 3.3 years
Technician 2.6 years
Maintenance Worker 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 9.0%
Mechanic 2.7%
Operator 2.2%
Welder 2.1%
Top Employers After
Technician 5.9%

Equipment Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

91.1%

Female

7.4%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

73.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Asian

9.7%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.6%

Chinese

5.9%

Vietnamese

5.9%

Carrier

5.9%

Tagalog

5.9%

Polish

5.9%
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Equipment Maintenance Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.7%

Community College of the Air Force

11.7%

ITT Technical Institute-Albuquerque

5.8%

Austin Community College

5.0%

More Tech Institute

5.0%

Arizona State University

4.2%

Boise State University

4.2%

ITT Technical Institute-Austin

4.2%

ITT Technical Institute-Phoenix

4.2%

San Jose State University

4.2%

Vermont Technical College

4.2%

San Jose City College

4.2%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.3%

The Academy

3.3%

Mission College

3.3%

Quinsigamond Community College

3.3%

Evergreen Valley College

3.3%

Excelsior College

3.3%

Linn-Benton Community College

3.3%

Liberty University

3.3%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

28.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

18.4%

Business

11.2%

Automotive Technology

6.4%

Mechanical Engineering

3.9%

Industrial Technology

3.2%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

3.0%

Information Technology

2.7%

Computer Science

2.5%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

General Studies

2.1%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Management

1.9%

Heating And Air Conditioning

1.9%

Aviation

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Engineering

1.8%

Precision Metal Working

1.6%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

1.6%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

31.0%

Associate

29.8%

Bachelors

24.3%

Certificate

8.3%

Masters

4.2%

Diploma

1.9%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Top Skills for An Equipment Maintenance Technician

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Top Equipment Maintenance Technician Skills

  1. Preventive Maintenance
  2. Maintenance Procedures
  3. Equipment Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed all needed scheduled and unscheduled preventive maintenance.
  • Defined preventive and predictive maintenance procedures and schedules.
  • Maintained inventory of all supplies necessary for heavy equipment maintenance.
  • Performed preventive maintenance in accordance with specifications and applicable safety procedures.
  • Used utility programs to troubleshoot personal computers.

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