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Working As A Facility Maintenance Technician

  • 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 Facility Maintenance 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 Facility Maintenance 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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Facility Maintenance Technician Career Paths

Facility Maintenance Technician
Facilities Maintenance Manager Director Of Facilities General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Building Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Facilities Manager Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Property Manager General Contractor
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Director Operations Director
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Operations Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Industrial Maintenance Technician Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Electrician
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Driver Field Supervisor
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Facilities Maintenance Manager General Manager Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Industrial Maintenance Technician Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Supervisor Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Facilities Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Director Engineering Director Technical Director
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Electrician Foreman
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Maintenance Person 2.8 years
Maintenance Worker 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 5.2%
Supervisor 3.9%
Carpenter 3.7%
Mechanic 3.0%
Manager 2.4%
Top Employers After
Technician 4.4%
Owner 2.6%
Supervisor 2.4%
Mechanic 2.0%

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Facility Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

93.3%

Female

5.4%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

79.4%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.3%

French

8.3%

Polish

5.6%

Arabic

5.6%

Filipino

2.8%

Japanese

2.8%

Carrier

2.8%

Cheyenne

2.8%

Tagalog

2.8%

Dakota

2.8%

Thai

2.8%

Italian

2.8%
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Facility Maintenance Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.5%

Community College of the Air Force

9.9%

Portland Community College

7.6%

Wake Technical Community College

6.1%

Ferris State University

5.3%

Johnson County Community College

5.3%

Vincennes University

5.3%

Strayer University

4.6%

Tidewater Community College

4.6%

IVY TECH STATE COLLEGE - KOKOMO - Health Sciences

3.8%

Institute for Business and Technology

3.8%

Lincoln Technical Institute

3.8%

Universal Technical Institute

3.8%

Hinds Community College

3.1%

Bluegrass Community and Technical College

3.1%

San Diego Mesa College

3.1%

Forsyth Technical Community College

3.1%

West Valley College

3.1%

University of Utah

3.1%

Hennepin Technical College

3.1%
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Majors

Business

14.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

12.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

10.0%

Heating And Air Conditioning

9.9%

Electrical Engineering

9.8%

Industrial Technology

5.7%

General Studies

5.3%

Automotive Technology

5.0%

Precision Metal Working

3.0%

Criminal Justice

3.0%

Education

2.9%

Management

2.7%

Engineering

2.6%

Computer Science

2.4%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

1.9%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%

Aviation

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering

1.7%

Information Technology

1.7%

Graphic Design

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

44.4%

Associate

20.2%

Bachelors

16.5%

Certificate

12.0%

Diploma

3.4%

Masters

2.6%

License

0.9%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Facility Maintenance Technician

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  1. Hvac
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Preventative Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Tuned and balanced previously neglected HVAC systems to reduce energy usage and increase tenant comfort.
  • Advised and trained team members on battery changing safety procedures.
  • Handled daily preventative maintenance for facility compressors, checked oil levels & bled air from system.
  • Serve as a TS/SCI Cleared Facilities Maintenance Technician for Lockheed Martin.
  • Take care of any emergency call during working hours and find a solution immediately.

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