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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
  • $33,000

    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
Maintenance Technician Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Foreman Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Electrician Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Electrician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Field Service Technician Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Technician Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Service Technician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Service Technician Hvac Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Installer Hvac Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Officer Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Field Service Technician Lead Mechanic
Mechanics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Mail Clerk Environmental Services Supervisor
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Shop Foreman Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Worker Maintenance Engineer Maintenance Planner
Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Generator Mechanic Lead Mechanic Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Building Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Maintenance Person 3.0 years
Top Careers Before General Maintenance Mechanic
Cashier 10.2%
Mechanic 5.8%
Cook 4.9%
Welder 4.3%
Supervisor 3.7%
Janitor 3.6%
Technician 3.6%
Carpenter 3.5%
Owner 3.0%
Top Careers After General Maintenance Mechanic
Cashier 7.4%
Technician 5.5%
Mechanic 5.2%
Driver 5.1%
Owner 3.7%
Cook 3.1%
Welder 3.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$33,000
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$26,000
Min 10%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Occidental Petroleum
Highest Paying City
Inglewood, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a General Maintenance Mechanic make at top companies?
The national average salary for a General Maintenance Mechanic in the United States is $33,630 per year or $16 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $26,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $43,000.

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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 Sep 26, 2012 $33,675
General Maintenance Surry Stables, Inc. Jun 13, 2011 $25,357
General Maintenance Ayuso Home Restoration Inc. Jun 18, 2008 $25,357
General Maintenance Surrey Stables Oct 10, 2008 $25,357

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Top Skills for A General Maintenance Mechanic

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. Drywall Repair
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform routine ground maintenance in accordance with established safety procedures.
  • Perform preventative maintenance procedures on standard and industrial sized equipment throughout the casino and hotel.
  • Implemented various skills in plumbing, electrical, painting, lock repair, and drywall repair.
  • Maintain boilers, air handlers (HVAC), grease motors, replace belts, and components that are related.
  • Weed around park and in flower beds.

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Top 10 Best States for General Maintenance Mechanics

  1. Nevada
  2. Alaska
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Ohio
  5. Iowa
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Indiana
  8. West Virginia
  9. Kentucky
  10. Delaware
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General Maintenance Mechanic Demographics

Gender

Male

89.0%

Female

8.0%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

62.8%

Hispanic or Latino

17.3%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

5.6%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

65.3%

French

6.7%

German

5.3%

Chinese

2.7%

Arabic

2.7%

Korean

2.7%

Italian

2.7%

Portuguese

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Igbo

1.3%

Albanian

1.3%

Norwegian

1.3%

Dari

1.3%

Tagalog

1.3%

Mandarin

1.3%

Afrikaans

1.3%
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General Maintenance Mechanic Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

10.9%

Grand Rapids Community College

7.8%

University of Northwestern Ohio

6.3%

Monroe Community College

6.3%

Delta College

4.7%

Vincennes University

4.7%

Delgado Community College

4.7%

Charles Stewart Mott Community College

4.7%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

4.7%

Grand Valley State University

4.7%

A-Technical College

4.7%

Bemidji State University

4.7%

Hawkeye Community College

4.7%

Amarillo College

4.7%

Remington College

4.7%

Liberty University

4.7%

University of Northern Colorado

3.1%

Spokane Community College

3.1%

Prince George's Community College

3.1%

University of South Florida

3.1%
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Majors

Business

13.9%

Automotive Technology

9.3%

General Studies

8.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

7.7%

Heating And Air Conditioning

7.1%

Precision Metal Working

6.9%

Electrical Engineering

6.3%

Criminal Justice

5.9%

Computer Science

5.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.2%

Liberal Arts

4.0%

Industrial Technology

3.6%

Psychology

2.8%

Construction Management

2.4%

Finance

2.2%

Fine Arts

2.0%

Nursing

2.0%

Management

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

2.0%

Graphic Design

2.0%
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Degrees

High School Diploma

46.3%

Bachelors

15.8%

Associate

15.6%

Certificate

10.0%

Diploma

9.9%

Masters

1.6%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
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