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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
  • $39,000

    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
Technician Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Electrician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Electrician Foreman Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Owner/Operator Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Owner Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Engineering Technician Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Team Leader Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Production Supervisor Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Facilities Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Superintendent Quality Control Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Electrician Maintenance Electrician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Electrician Maintenance Electrician Maintenance Lead Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Handyman Maintenance Technician Building Engineer
Senior Facility Technician
5 Yearsyrs
Handyman Shop Foreman Senior Mechanic
Senior Maintenance Mechanic
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Facility Maintenance Technician
Technician 6.0%
Carpenter 3.5%
Owner 3.4%
Supervisor 3.4%
Mechanic 3.1%
Cashier 2.6%
Manager 2.4%
Top Careers After Facility Maintenance Technician
Technician 4.2%
Owner 3.1%
Supervisor 2.4%

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Facility Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

86.8%

Unknown

8.0%

Female

5.3%
Ethnicity

White

62.3%

Hispanic or Latino

17.3%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.0%

Arabic

6.0%

French

4.0%

Polish

4.0%

Filipino

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Carrier

2.0%

Cheyenne

2.0%

Tagalog

2.0%

Dakota

2.0%

Thai

2.0%

Italian

2.0%
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Facility Maintenance Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.7%

Community College of the Air Force

9.3%

The Academy

6.8%

Universal Technical Institute

6.3%

Portland Community College

6.3%

San Jose City College

5.4%

Wake Technical Community College

4.9%

A-Technical College

4.9%

Lincoln Technical Institute

4.4%

Refrigeration School Inc

3.9%

Vincennes University

3.9%

More Tech Institute

3.9%

Kaplan University

3.9%

Ferris State University

3.4%

Institute for Business and Technology

3.4%

Houston Community College

3.4%

Johnson County Community College

3.4%

Pikes Peak Community College

3.4%

Tidewater Community College

3.4%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

2.9%
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Majors

Business

13.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

12.3%

Heating And Air Conditioning

10.9%

Electrical Engineering

10.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

10.0%

Industrial Technology

6.3%

General Studies

5.2%

Automotive Technology

5.1%

Criminal Justice

3.3%

Education

3.2%

Precision Metal Working

3.0%

Management

2.5%

Computer Science

2.1%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Information Technology

1.8%

Construction Management

1.7%

Drafting And Design

1.6%

Psychology

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

42.4%

Associate

20.2%

Bachelors

17.1%

Certificate

12.5%

Diploma

4.2%

Masters

2.6%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
$39,000
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$26,000
Min 10%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Fleet Science Center
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Facility Maintenance Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Facility Maintenance Technician in the United States is $39,934 per year or $19 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $26,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $60,000.

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Top Skills for A Facility Maintenance Technician

  1. Hvac
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Preventative Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Serviced and maintained plant infrastructure and HVAC system, which included 13 units, as well as a 1,000,000 BTU boiler.
  • Managed safety procedures, directed activity of facility drivers and their responsibilities associated with the logistical day to day.
  • Performed building inspections and preventative maintenance inspections on all facilities and technical equipment.
  • Serve as a TS/SCI Cleared Facilities Maintenance Technician for Lockheed Martin.
  • Installed and repaired electrical systems, machinery & electrical or electronic components on industrial machinery and equipment.

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