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Working As A Grounds/Maintenance Specialist

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $37,481

    Average Salary

What Does A Grounds/Maintenance Specialist 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 Grounds/Maintenance Specialist

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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Grounds/Maintenance Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

84.8%

Female

14.2%

Unknown

1.0%
Ethnicity

White

65.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

3.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.0%

Japanese

25.0%

Grounds/Maintenance Specialist Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

8.6%

Troy University

8.6%

American University

8.6%

Cochise College

8.6%

Tri-County Technical College

5.7%

Norwich University

5.7%

Washington State University

5.7%

Appalachian State University

5.7%

University of Phoenix

5.7%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

5.7%

Prince George's Community College

5.7%

Air University

2.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.9%

Regis University

2.9%

Hennepin Technical College

2.9%

Faulkner University

2.9%

City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College

2.9%

University of Tennessee - Martin

2.9%

Spokane Community College

2.9%

Saint Cloud State University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

15.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

7.2%

Criminal Justice

7.2%

Plant Sciences

5.8%

Human Resources Management

5.8%

General Studies

5.8%

Intelligence Operations

4.3%

Industrial Technology

4.3%

Aviation

4.3%

English

4.3%

Automotive Technology

4.3%

Communication

4.3%

Information Technology

4.3%

Education

4.3%

Management

2.9%

Psychology

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Mechanical Engineering

2.9%

Fine Arts

2.9%

Computer Science

2.9%
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Degrees

Other

31.9%

Bachelors

31.9%

Associate

20.7%

Masters

8.6%

Certificate

4.3%

License

0.9%

Diploma

0.9%

Doctorate

0.9%
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Real Grounds/Maintenance Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist Domenick Bulfamante and Sons, Inc. New Rochelle, NY Apr 01, 2016 $33,309
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist Yardapes, Inc. New Milford, CT Apr 01, 2016 $32,808
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist Domenick Bulfamante and Sons, Inc. NY Apr 01, 2015 $32,662
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist Kindergan Landscaping, LLC NJ Apr 01, 2015 $32,662
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist McCaughey Brothers Landscaping, Inc. Yeadon, PA Apr 01, 2016 $31,535
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist Patino Landscape Group, LLC Levittown, PA Feb 15, 2016 $31,535
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist C. M. Jones, Inc. Exton, PA Apr 01, 2016 $31,535
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist Pickering Valley Landscape, Inc. Elverson, PA Feb 15, 2016 $31,535
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist Texada Landscape Design, Inc. Frazer, PA Mar 15, 2016 $31,535
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist Harry Smith Contractors, Inc. Malvern, PA Apr 01, 2016 $31,535
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist Garden Views, LLC Newtown, PA Mar 17, 2016 $31,535
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist Lebeau Gardens Inc. Downingtown, PA Apr 01, 2016 $31,535
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist Pickering Valley Landscape, Inc. Elverson, PA Apr 01, 2016 $31,535
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist 82 Rents Inc. Chest Springs, PA Apr 01, 2016 $31,535
Grounds Maintenance Specialist Lakeview Lawn and Landscape, Inc. Canandaigua, NY Apr 01, 2016 $28,529
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist Greenways Landscape Services, LLC CO Apr 01, 2016 $28,467
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist Summit Services, Inc. Englewood, CO Apr 01, 2016 $28,467
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist T.R. Gear Landscaping, Inc.-Dayton Beavercreek, OH Apr 01, 2016 $28,300
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist Island Gardens Company WA Feb 16, 2015 $28,258
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist Evergreen Landscape Associates, LLC Hampshire, IL Apr 01, 2016 $28,154
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist Good To Grow Landscaping Monee, IL Apr 01, 2016 $28,154
Grounds Maintenance Specialist Szul's Landscapes, Inc. Chesterfield, NJ Feb 15, 2016 $27,924
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist SFP Landscaping, Inc. IL Apr 01, 2015 $26,108
Grounds Maintenance Specialist Plantscape, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Apr 01, 2016 $26,067
Grounds Maintenance Specialist Schmidt Landscaping Inc. McDonald, PA Feb 15, 2016 $26,067
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist Todd Burris Ground Effects LLC Hookstown, PA Apr 01, 2016 $26,067
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist P S H and Associates McKees Rocks, PA Apr 01, 2016 $26,067
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist MMC Land Management Gibsonia, PA Apr 01, 2016 $26,067
Grounds/Maintenance Specialist Silvis Group, Inc. Pleasant, PA Apr 01, 2016 $26,067

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Top Skills for A Grounds/Maintenance Specialist

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  1. Sigint
  2. Safety
  3. Preventative Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide support to ground SIGINT collection operations, SIGINT operations coordination and synchronization, and other SIGINT activities as necessary.
  • Promoted and used best safety practices, reported maintenance problems, and maintained flooring in designated areas.
  • Cut lawns using hand, power or riding mower and trim and edge around walks, flower beds, and walls.
  • Dismantled devices to access and remove defective parts, using hoists, cranes, hand tools, and power tools.
  • Performed grounds maintenance, general maintenance, completing of market readies, paint maintenance, and pool maintenance.

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