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Working As A Facilities Assistant

  • 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 A Facilities Assistant 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 Facilities Assistant

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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Facilities Assistant Career Paths

Facilities Assistant
Resident Assistant Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Facility Supervisor Facilities Manager Operations Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Property Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Facilities Manager Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Resident Assistant Office Manager Operations Director
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Office Administrator Human Resources Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Facilities Manager Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Facilities Coordinator Facilities Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Facilities Coordinator Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager Sales Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Facility Supervisor Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Office Administrator Sales Consultant Leasing Consultant
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Facilities Assistant Demographics

Gender

Male

57.5%

Female

40.7%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

79.0%

Hispanic or Latino

12.1%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.5%

French

12.4%

Italian

5.1%

Mandarin

4.4%

Russian

3.6%

Vietnamese

2.2%

Chinese

2.2%

Hebrew

2.2%

Hindi

1.5%

Portuguese

1.5%

German

1.5%

Japanese

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%

Swahili

0.7%

Sami

0.7%

Samoan

0.7%

Hmong

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Danish

0.7%
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Facilities Assistant Education

Schools

Berea College

8.4%

Georgia Southern University

8.4%

University of Phoenix

7.6%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

6.3%

Ohio University -

5.1%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.1%

North Carolina State University

5.1%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.6%

University of Memphis

4.6%

Strayer University

4.6%

Villanova University

4.2%

DePaul University

4.2%

Case Western Reserve University

4.2%

University of Kansas

4.2%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.2%

University of Illinois University Administration

3.8%

James Madison University

3.8%

University of Louisville

3.8%

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.8%
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Majors

Business

20.6%

Kinesiology

12.9%

Psychology

8.3%

Communication

6.5%

Criminal Justice

6.3%

Marketing

4.6%

Management

4.0%

Liberal Arts

3.4%

General Studies

3.3%

History

3.3%

Fine Arts

3.1%

English

3.0%

Computer Science

2.9%

Accounting

2.9%

Finance

2.8%

Biology

2.7%

Mechanical Engineering

2.7%

Nursing

2.3%

Human Resources Management

2.3%

Education

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.6%

Other

21.8%

Masters

10.9%

Associate

8.8%

Certificate

3.6%

Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.2%
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Real Facilities Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Healthcare Facility Assistant Senior Care Home San Diego, CA Apr 12, 2011 $26,046
Facilities Assistant II Southwest Behavioral Health Services Phoenix, AZ Sep 09, 2014 $24,690
Healthcare Facility Assistant SNCH, Inc. Homes Anaheim, CA Jun 16, 2011 $24,689
Healthcare Facility Assistant SNCH, Inc. Homes Anaheim, CA Apr 06, 2010 $24,689

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Top Skills for A Facilities Assistant

FacilitiesDepartmentSafetyRegulationsCustomerServiceSkillsVendorsEventSet-UpsEmergencySituationsPurchaseOrdersOfficeSuppliesHvacDataEntrySpecialEventsJanitorialFrontDeskSuperviseOfficeEquipmentFacilityMaintenanceBuildingMaintenancePhoneCallsFedexResidence

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Top Facilities Assistant Skills

  1. Facilities Department
  2. Safety Regulations
  3. Customer Service Skills
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Work with all facilities departments on electrical, mechanical and maintenance projects.
  • Worked directly with contractors/vendors and agency staff to ensure agency facilities were in compliance with all safety regulations.
  • Utilized customer service skills and experience to provide quality visitor reception.
  • Assist Purchasing Department with purchase orders, obtaining quotes, contacting vendors, processing of Purchase Orders and monthly reports.
  • Respond quickly to emergency situations/customer concerns.

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