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Working As A General Maintenance Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $35,000

    Average Salary

What Does A General 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 General 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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General Maintenance Technician Career Paths

General Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Technician Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Foreman Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Automotive Technician Mechanic Foreman
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Automotive Technician Shop Foreman Maintenance Supervisor
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Automotive Technician Service Technician Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Owner/Operator Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Owner/Operator Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electrician Supervisor Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Specialist Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Service Technician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Mail Clerk Environmental Services Supervisor
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Owner Maintenance Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Maintenance Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Service Technician Building Engineer
Senior Facility Technician
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Maintenance Person 3.0 years
Top Careers Before General Maintenance Technician
Technician 9.0%
Cashier 5.0%
Mechanic 4.5%
Owner 4.1%
Carpenter 3.9%
Driver 2.8%
Top Careers After General Maintenance Technician
Technician 10.3%
Mechanic 4.5%
Owner 3.4%
Driver 3.3%
Installer 2.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$35,000
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$23,000
Min 10%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Fluor
Highest Paying City
Anchorage, AK
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a General Maintenance Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a General Maintenance Technician in the United States is $35,169 per year or $17 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $23,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $51,000.

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Top Skills for A General Maintenance Technician

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Oil Changes
  3. Hvac
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supervised other technicians, and enforced outlined policies and safety procedures.
  • Perform general maintenance on customers vehicles including oil changes, replacing tires, small repairs such as brakes, and alignments.
  • General property maintenance Residential HVAC installation and service Computer, I-Phone, I-Pad repair Automotive Mechanics
  • Maintained vehicle records by recording all service repairs; test drive customer vehicles to verify customer complaints.
  • Complete general maintenance service tickets as received with outstanding customer service.

General Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

88.2%

Unknown

7.1%

Female

4.6%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

17.5%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

80.6%

Carrier

6.5%

French

6.5%

Portuguese

3.2%

Japanese

3.2%
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General Maintenance Technician Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

18.9%

University of Phoenix

8.7%

NASCAR Technical Institute

6.3%

Lincoln Technical Institute

6.3%

University of Alaska Anchorage

5.5%

Nashville Auto Diesel College Inc

4.7%

Community College of the Air Force

4.7%

A-Technical College

4.7%

Ashford University

3.9%

The Academy

3.9%

Georgia Piedmont Technical College

3.9%

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

3.1%

Pima Community College

3.1%

Arizona State University

3.1%

University of Northwestern Ohio

3.1%

Houston Community College

3.1%

Terra State Community College

3.1%

Austin Community College

3.1%

Illinois Central College

3.1%

Everest Institute

3.1%
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Majors

Automotive Technology

25.7%

Business

9.6%

Heating And Air Conditioning

7.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.7%

General Studies

6.2%

Criminal Justice

5.2%

Electrical Engineering

4.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.2%

Industrial Technology

3.7%

Computer Science

2.9%

Management

2.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.9%

Mechanical Engineering

2.7%

Information Technology

2.7%

Precision Metal Working

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Psychology

2.3%

Aviation

2.0%

Graphic Design

2.0%

Communication

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

44.2%

Associate

20.6%

Bachelors

14.9%

Certificate

12.0%

Diploma

6.0%

Masters

1.8%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.1%
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