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Working As A Facilities Maintenance Mechanic

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $32,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Facilities 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 A Facilities 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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Facilities Maintenance Mechanic Career Paths

Facilities Maintenance Mechanic
Electrician Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Electrician Supervisor Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Facility Maintenance Technician Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Facility Maintenance Technician Technician Foreman
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Facility Maintenance Technician Technician Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Owner/Operator Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Owner Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Owner Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Owner/Operator Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Owner Maintenance Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Lead Engineer Chief Engineer
Chief Building Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Facilities Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Superintendent Quality Control Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Hvac Mechanic Lead Mechanic Mechanics Supervisor
Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Hvac Mechanic Lead Mechanic Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Building Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Hvac Mechanic Senior Mechanic
Senior Maintenance Mechanic
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Facilities Maintenance Mechanic
Cashier 8.8%
Mechanic 5.1%
Owner 4.4%
Technician 4.0%
Supervisor 3.1%
Custodian 3.0%
Cook 2.7%
Welder 2.7%
Top Careers After Facilities Maintenance Mechanic
Cashier 6.7%
Driver 4.6%
Technician 4.6%
Mechanic 3.8%
Owner 3.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$32,000
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$23,000
Min 10%
$32,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Novartis
Highest Paying City
Anchorage, AK
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Facilities Maintenance Mechanic make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Facilities Maintenance Mechanic in the United States is $32,413 per year or $16 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $23,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $43,000.

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Top Skills for A Facilities Maintenance Mechanic

  1. Facility Maintenance
  2. Hvac
  3. Preventative Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Experienced with meeting daily industrial and facility maintenance demands to minimize impacts of service failures and safety concerns.
  • Determined appropriate HVAC equipment and configuration to address specific challenges.
  • Repair and installation of hospital kitchen equipment; ongoing preventative maintenance along with specific and general maintenance repair requests.
  • Assisted in the setup and control wiring of air handling units and process water pumps for newly constructed plant.
  • Operated Boilers, Centrifugal Chiller Units, Low pressure and High Pressure air compressors, and all associated pumps and valves.

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Top 10 Best States for Facilities Maintenance Mechanics

  1. Alaska
  2. Nevada
  3. Iowa
  4. North Dakota
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Montana
  7. Wyoming
  8. Minnesota
  9. Indiana
  10. Washington
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Facilities Maintenance Mechanic Demographics

Gender

Male

83.1%

Female

11.7%

Unknown

5.3%
Ethnicity

White

62.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.2%

French

7.7%

Mandarin

4.6%

Chinese

3.1%

Dakota

3.1%

Swedish

1.5%

Portuguese

1.5%

Irish

1.5%

German

1.5%

Carrier

1.5%

Polish

1.5%

Thai

1.5%

Russian

1.5%
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Facilities Maintenance Mechanic Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

7.3%

Liberty University

7.3%

Columbus State Community College

6.3%

Bluegrass Community and Technical College

5.2%

Universal Technical Institute

5.2%

Orleans Technical Institute

5.2%

Pima Community College

5.2%

Ohio State University

5.2%

California State University - Sacramento

5.2%

University of the District of Columbia

5.2%

San Jose City College

5.2%

Spokane Community College

4.2%

Brevard Community College

4.2%

Everest Institute

4.2%

Henry Ford College

4.2%

Ferris State University

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

4.2%

Southeastern Louisiana University

4.2%

Utah Valley University

4.2%
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Majors

Business

16.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

8.4%

Heating And Air Conditioning

8.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

8.0%

General Studies

7.9%

Electrical Engineering

7.6%

Automotive Technology

5.6%

Criminal Justice

4.6%

Computer Science

4.2%

Industrial Technology

3.8%

Precision Metal Working

3.2%

Kinesiology

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.8%

Education

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Management

2.4%

Aviation

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Engineering

2.3%

Construction Management

2.3%
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Degrees

High School Diploma

38.2%

Associate

17.6%

Bachelors

16.9%

Certificate

14.8%

Diploma

9.2%

Masters

2.2%

License

1.0%

Doctorate

0.2%
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