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Working As A Facility Service Associate

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $52,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Facility Service Associate 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 Service Associate

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 Service Associate Career Paths

Facility Service Associate
Custodian Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Custodian Technician Team Leader
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Custodian Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Superintendent
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Driver Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Specialist Shift Supervisor
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Machine Operator Electrician
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Electrician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Service Technician Hvac Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Hvac Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Field Service Technician Maintenance Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Facilities Coordinator Executive Assistant Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Facilities Coordinator Executive Assistant Assistant Property Manager
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Facilities Coordinator Building Engineer Facility Engineer
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Facility Service Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

67.6%

Female

21.8%

Unknown

10.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.3%

Hispanic or Latino

18.1%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

5.5%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.7%

Chinese

5.4%

Japanese

5.4%

French

5.4%

Mandarin

3.6%

Russian

3.6%

Portuguese

1.8%

Greek

1.8%

Korean

1.8%

Dakota

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Italian

1.8%

Gujarati

1.8%

Thai

1.8%

Hmong

1.8%
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Facility Service Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

7.9%

Kaplan University

7.9%

Liberty University

6.7%

Forsyth Technical Community College

5.6%

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

4.5%

New York University

4.5%

University of Cincinnati

4.5%

University of Maine

4.5%

Monroe College

4.5%

Webster University

4.5%

San Diego State University

4.5%

Northern Arizona University

4.5%

Citrus College

4.5%

State University of New York Stony Brook

4.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.5%

University of Northwestern - Saint Paul

4.5%

Bucks County Community College

4.5%

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

4.5%

Towson University

4.5%

Hillsborough Community College

4.5%
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Majors

Business

27.0%

Criminal Justice

9.6%

General Studies

5.3%

Psychology

5.3%

Communication

5.3%

Electrical Engineering

5.1%

Computer Science

4.7%

Accounting

4.5%

Management

3.6%

Fine Arts

3.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.0%

Education

2.8%

Information Technology

2.8%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.8%

Kinesiology

2.6%

English

2.6%

Health Care Administration

2.6%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

35.8%

Bachelors

31.3%

Associate

15.6%

Certificate

7.9%

Masters

6.1%

Diploma

2.5%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Facility Service Associate

  1. Responsive Customer Service
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. Safety Committee
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed preventative maintenance on all store equipment and completed minor repairs to facility and equipment as needed.
  • Perform all janitorial duties, operate floor scrubber, serve on Safety Committee, fleet vehicle maintenance.
  • Alerted management of major repairs.
  • Assist customers on the sales floor whenever possible and provide superior customer service by being courteous, knowledgeable, and professional.
  • Provide regular preventive maintenance on store equipment.

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