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Working As A Facilities Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $42,950

    Average Salary

What Does A Facilities 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 A Facilities 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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Facilities Technician Career Paths

Facilities Technician
Network Technician Systems Administrator Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Field Technician Field Engineer Project Engineer
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Lead Technician Field Supervisor
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Supervisor Maintenance Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Facility Supervisor Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Facilities Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Engineer Systems Engineer
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Facility Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Facility Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Facility Maintenance Technician Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Facility Engineer Facilities Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Field Technician Technical Support Specialist Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Facilities Manager Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Operation Supervisor Heavy Equipment Operator
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Information Technology Manager Operations Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Facility Supervisor Facilities Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Plant Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Plant Technician 3.3 years
Service Technician 3.2 years
Utility Technician 3.2 years
Technician 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 7.8%
Supervisor 4.2%
Owner 3.8%
Manager 3.3%
Cashier 3.1%
Top Employers After
Technician 9.8%
Manager 4.3%
Owner 3.4%
Supervisor 2.6%

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Facilities Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

88.2%

Female

10.7%

Unknown

1.1%
Ethnicity

White

78.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.8%

French

7.2%

Carrier

7.2%

Portuguese

4.1%

German

3.1%

Chinese

2.1%

Tagalog

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%

Italian

2.1%

Swedish

1.0%

Hungarian

1.0%

Hawaiian

1.0%

Romanian

1.0%

Japanese

1.0%

Sinhala

1.0%

Russian

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Korean

1.0%
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Facilities Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.7%

Appalachian State University

9.4%

Institute for Business and Technology

6.1%

Old Dominion University

6.1%

Community College of the Air Force

5.5%

Liberty University

5.5%

Lincoln Technical Institute

5.0%

Portland Community College

3.9%

Kean University

3.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.9%

University of Southern Maine

3.3%

Wake Technical Community College

3.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.3%

San Jose State University

3.3%

The Academy

3.3%

University of Pennsylvania

3.3%

Nassau Community College

3.3%

Austin Community College

3.3%

Ashworth College

3.3%

San Jose City College

3.3%
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Majors

Business

18.1%

Electrical Engineering

9.9%

Heating And Air Conditioning

9.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

9.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

7.1%

General Studies

4.9%

Management

4.7%

Criminal Justice

4.7%

Computer Science

3.7%

Computer Information Systems

3.2%

Automotive Technology

3.1%

Information Technology

2.8%

Industrial Technology

2.7%

Kinesiology

2.7%

Education

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering

2.5%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Psychology

2.4%

Communication

2.3%

Computer Networking

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

40.2%

Bachelors

25.2%

Associate

16.2%

Certificate

9.2%

Masters

4.3%

Diploma

3.7%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Top Skills for A Facilities Technician

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  1. Facilities Maintenance
  2. Hvac
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared and submitted monthly reports related to various activities of facilities maintenance.
  • Perform preventative maintenance, repair and malfunctioning HVAC system and components: utilize measuring and testing instruments.
  • Evaluated and refined safety practices and improved customer service and station appearance to increase customer base.
  • Designed Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets for Preventative Maintenance scheduling of production line equipment.
  • Perform all preventive maintenance as scheduled and explore opportunities to make improvements to equipment and procedures.

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