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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
  • $42,000

    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
Technician Team Leader Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electrician Foreman Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Electrician Supervisor Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Electrician Foreman Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Owner Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Team Leader Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Facility Engineer Project Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Facility Engineer Facilities Manager Maintenance Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Facility Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Technical Support Engineer Technical Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Facilities Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Maintenance Electrician Maintenance Lead Technician
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Journeyman Electrician Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Manager Of Maintenance Technology
7 Yearsyrs
Equipment Technician Heavy Equipment Mechanic Senior Mechanic
Senior Maintenance Mechanic
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Plant Technician 3.4 years
Technician 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Facilities Technician
Technician 7.3%
Cashier 5.4%
Supervisor 3.4%
Owner 3.3%
Manager 3.2%
Top Careers After Facilities Technician
Technician 9.9%
Owner 3.6%
Manager 3.3%
Driver 2.8%
Cashier 2.8%

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Facilities Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

82.4%

Female

9.8%

Unknown

7.8%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

18.3%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.6%

French

6.5%

Carrier

6.5%

Portuguese

4.9%

German

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Chinese

1.6%

Tagalog

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Italian

1.6%

Swedish

0.8%

Hungarian

0.8%

Hawaiian

0.8%

Romanian

0.8%

Sinhala

0.8%

Mandarin

0.8%

Dakota

0.8%

Russian

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Korean

0.8%
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Facilities Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.8%

Old Dominion University

8.3%

Appalachian State University

7.3%

Universal Technical Institute

6.4%

The Academy

5.1%

Community College of the Air Force

4.8%

San Jose City College

4.8%

Institute for Business and Technology

4.5%

Ashford University

4.1%

Lincoln Technical Institute

4.1%

Liberty University

3.8%

Wake Technical Community College

3.5%

Portland Community College

3.5%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.2%

Refrigeration School Inc

3.2%

Front Range Community College

3.2%

A-Technical College

3.2%

Austin Community College

3.2%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.2%

San Jose State University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

18.3%

Electrical Engineering

10.0%

Heating And Air Conditioning

9.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

9.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

7.3%

General Studies

5.0%

Criminal Justice

4.6%

Computer Science

3.6%

Automotive Technology

3.6%

Management

3.3%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Industrial Technology

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering

2.7%

Information Technology

2.7%

Education

2.6%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Kinesiology

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Engineering

2.4%

Communication

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

38.4%

Bachelors

25.0%

Associate

17.8%

Certificate

9.5%

Masters

4.5%

Diploma

3.7%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
$42,000
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$28,000
Min 10%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Facilities Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Facilities Technician in the United States is $42,423 per year or $20 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $28,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $63,000.

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Top Skills for A Facilities Technician

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Hvac
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Preform preventative maintenance tasks and continuously improving preventive maintenance process for all assembly equipment.
  • Maintained and repaired HVAC equipment 24/7 to ensure systems functioned adequately and minimized downtime.
  • Perform electrical repairs and requested installations on site complying with safety procedures.
  • Received many letters of accommodation from businesses and private customers for customer service and work performed.
  • Work with my team/class to Operate various small equipment such as mowers, weed eaters, and air compressors.

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