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Working As A Facilities Maintenance Engineer

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $44,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Facilities Maintenance Engineer 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 Maintenance Engineer

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 Maintenance Engineer Career Paths

Facilities Maintenance Engineer
Building Engineer Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Maintenance Supervisor Owner
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Engineer Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Engineer Engineer Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Engineer Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Facility Engineer Project Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Facility Engineer Facilities Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Facility Engineer Facilities Manager Maintenance Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Electrician Supervisor Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Electrician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electrician Owner Maintenance Manager
Operations And Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Owner Chief Engineer
Chief Building Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Project Engineer Lead Engineer
Assistant Chief Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Maintenance Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Electrical Engineer Electrical Supervisor
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Facility Maintenance Technician Technician Hvac Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Facility Maintenance Technician Hvac Technician Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Building Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Lead Engineer Assistant Chief Engineer
Chief Maintenance Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Facilities Maintenance Engineer
Engineer 5.9%
Owner 3.1%
Top Careers After Facilities Maintenance Engineer
Engineer 3.4%
Technician 3.1%

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Facilities Maintenance Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

87.3%

Unknown

8.3%

Female

4.4%
Ethnicity

White

59.7%

Hispanic or Latino

19.2%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

German

9.1%

Carrier

9.1%

Swedish

4.5%

Portuguese

4.5%

Chinese

4.5%

Romanian

4.5%

French

4.5%

Mandarin

4.5%

Arabic

4.5%
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Facilities Maintenance Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.9%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

7.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.3%

Purdue University

6.3%

Anoka Technical College

4.8%

Bates Technical College

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

Columbia Southern University

4.8%

Harford Community College

4.8%

University of Cincinnati

4.8%

University of Utah

4.8%

University of Texas at San Antonio

4.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.2%

Michigan Technological University

3.2%

Refrigeration School Inc

3.2%

Ferris State University

3.2%

Wayland Baptist University

3.2%

University of Maryland - University College

3.2%

University of Alabama

3.2%

College of DuPage

3.2%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

16.0%

Business

14.7%

Electrical Engineering

11.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

5.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.4%

Management

5.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

5.1%

Engineering

4.5%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.2%

Education

3.8%

Computer Science

3.5%

Industrial Technology

3.2%

Civil Engineering

2.9%

Chemical Engineering

2.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.6%

Construction Management

2.2%

Automotive Technology

1.9%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

1.6%

Project Management

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

31.8%

Other

30.4%

Associate

13.7%

Masters

11.9%

Certificate

7.7%

Diploma

3.4%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Highest Facilities Maintenance Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Facilities and Maintenance Engineer JKC Trucking Inc. Summit, IL May 02, 2016 $90,771
Facilities Maintenance Engineer American Precision Industries, Inc. West Chester, PA Jan 07, 2016 $71,469 -
$85,654
Maintenance Facility Engineer Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. Houston, TX Sep 25, 2015 $64,480
Maintenance Facility Engineer Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 10, 2015 $64,480
Maintenance and Facility Engineer NCI Mfg, Inc. Scottsboro, AL Sep 10, 2013 $56,772
Facility Maintenance Engineer Hantal Alabama Corporation Cusseta, AL Aug 11, 2016 $47,091
Facility Maintenance Engineer Arizona ENV. Container Corp./San Juan Pools Eloy, AZ Mar 11, 2008 $21,267
Facility Maintenance Engineer Arizona ENV. Container Corp./San Juan Pools Eloy, AZ Dec 17, 2007 $21,267

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Top Skills for A Facilities Maintenance Engineer

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Electrical Systems
  3. Life Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain on daily/weekly checks the Air Conditioning units for determinations on preventative maintenance and to implement repairs when necessary.
  • Researched and purchased new equipment, installed all mechanical and electrical systems, determined optimal settings and documented components.
  • Oversee all building systems including fire/life safety, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC.
  • Reduce chiller energy usage by staging chillers properly: Sony had nine chillers (5,750 tons).
  • Conducted weekly facility safety inspections to ensure OSHA compliance was achieved.

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