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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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Hispanic or Latino10.4%
Black or African American0.3%
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Community College of the Air Force8.3%
Washington State University5.6%
Appalachian State University5.6%
University of Nebraska - Lincoln5.6%
Prince George's Community College5.6%
University of Phoenix5.6%
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs5.6%
Grand Valley State University5.6%
Suffolk County Community College2.8%
Northern Virginia Community College2.8%
Northern Michigan University2.8%
Hennepin Technical College2.8%
City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College2.8%
University of Tennessee - Martin2.8%
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|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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