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Working As A General Maintenance Mechanic

  • 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 General Maintenance Mechanic 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 General Maintenance Mechanic

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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General Maintenance Mechanic Career Paths

General Maintenance Mechanic
Forklift Operator Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Operator Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Operations Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Division Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Instructor Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Driver Dispatcher
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Welder Fitter Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Mechanic
Lead Mechanic
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Account Manager Realtor
Property Management Specialist
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Electrician Foreman
Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Production Manager
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Maintenance Person 2.8 years
Maintenance Worker 2.3 years
Maintenance Helper 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Mechanic 6.1%
Cashier 5.7%
Welder 5.0%
Cook 4.8%
Carpenter 4.2%
Supervisor 3.9%
Assembler 3.7%
Technician 3.7%
Teller 3.5%
Top Employers After
Mechanic 6.3%
Technician 5.1%
Driver 4.5%
Cashier 4.3%
Owner 3.9%
Welder 3.3%

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General Maintenance Mechanic Demographics

Gender

Male

91.8%

Female

7.4%

Unknown

0.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.0%

Hispanic or Latino

18.0%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

65.9%

French

9.8%

German

7.3%

Korean

4.9%

Vietnamese

2.4%

Igbo

2.4%

Norwegian

2.4%

Dari

2.4%

Tagalog

2.4%
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General Maintenance Mechanic Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.8%

Liberty University

7.4%

Ferris State University

5.9%

Kansas State University

5.9%

Pima Community College

5.9%

Saint Louis University-

4.4%

Eastfield College

4.4%

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

4.4%

Macomb Community College

4.4%

Auburn University

4.4%

Refrigeration School Inc

4.4%

California State University - Fresno

4.4%

Charles Stewart Mott Community College

4.4%

University of Northwestern Ohio

4.4%

Suffolk County Community College

4.4%

Des Moines Area Community College

4.4%

A-Technical College

4.4%

Hawkeye Community College

4.4%

Imperial Valley College

4.4%

Central Washington University

4.4%
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Majors

Business

14.1%

General Studies

8.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

8.3%

Automotive Technology

7.8%

Electrical Engineering

7.5%

Criminal Justice

5.8%

Precision Metal Working

5.3%

Heating And Air Conditioning

5.1%

Industrial Technology

4.9%

Computer Science

4.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.6%

Liberal Arts

3.6%

Education

3.2%

Management

2.7%

Fine Arts

2.4%

Finance

2.4%

Engineering

2.4%

Graphic Design

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering

2.2%

Biology

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

47.9%

Bachelors

22.1%

Associate

13.7%

Certificate

9.7%

Diploma

3.5%

Masters

2.9%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Real General Maintenance Mechanic Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
General Maintenance Marco Island Acquistion, LLC DBA Allards of Marco Marco Island, FL Sep 26, 2012 $33,675
General Maintenance Surry Stables, Inc. Plantation, FL Jun 13, 2011 $25,357
General Maintenance Surrey Stables Plantation, FL Oct 10, 2008 $25,357
General Maintenance Ayuso Home Restoration Inc. Oakland Park, FL Jun 18, 2008 $25,357

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Top Skills for A General Maintenance Mechanic

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  1. Safety
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. Drywall Repair
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Participated in daily safety meetings including subjects such as electrical safety, electrical panel layout, and hydraulic and pneumatic safety.
  • Perform preventative maintenance procedures on standard and industrial sized equipment throughout the casino and hotel.
  • General Maintenance o Patient room remodeling o Painting o Drywall repair Landscaping Department Needs
  • Provide electrical and mechanical technical support for an automated automotive windshield glass manufacturing facility.
  • Maintain boilers, air handlers (HVAC), grease motors, replace belts, and components that are related.

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