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Working As A Groundskeeping Maintenance

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $30,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Groundskeeping Maintenance 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 Groundskeeping Maintenance

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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Groundskeeping Maintenance Career Paths

Groundskeeping Maintenance
Maintenance Technician Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Driver Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Technician Foreman
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Field Service Technician Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Specialist Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Specialist Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Service Technician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Electrician Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Driver Engineer Superintendent
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Officer Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Service Technician Hvac Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Shop Foreman Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Safety Officer Facilities Manager
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Handyman Hvac Technician Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Building Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Self-Employed Lead Carpenter Maintenance Director
Chief Maintenance Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Maintenance Person 3.0 years
Maintenance Worker 2.4 years
Grounds Keeper 2.3 years
Maintenance Helper 2.2 years
Ground Worker 2.1 years
Landscape Labour 2.0 years
Landscaper 2.0 years
Maintenance Aide 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Groundskeeping Maintenance
Cashier 12.8%
Cook 5.8%
Janitor 4.9%
Custodian 4.2%
Cleaner 3.6%
Supervisor 3.2%
Driver 3.1%
Top Careers After Groundskeeping Maintenance
Cashier 6.7%
Driver 4.7%
Cook 4.2%
Technician 4.2%
Janitor 4.0%
Custodian 3.6%
Cleaner 3.6%
Internship 3.3%
Painter 3.1%

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Groundskeeping Maintenance Demographics

Gender

Male

82.2%

Unknown

9.7%

Female

8.1%
Ethnicity

White

65.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

5.3%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

81.5%

French

7.7%

German

3.1%

Italian

3.1%

Chinese

1.5%

Japanese

1.5%

Mandarin

1.5%
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Groundskeeping Maintenance Education

Schools

The Academy

9.3%

Ohio State University

7.6%

Pennsylvania State University

7.0%

University of Phoenix

7.0%

Universal Technical Institute

5.8%

Oakland Community College

5.2%

Ashford University

4.7%

Metropolitan State University of Denver

4.7%

Full Sail University

4.7%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.7%

Midlands Technical College

4.7%

Iowa State University

4.7%

Lansing Community College

4.1%

Grand Rapids Community College

4.1%

Charles Stewart Mott Community College

4.1%

Purdue University

4.1%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.5%

Glendale Community College

3.5%

Vincennes University

3.5%

State University of New York Albany

3.5%
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Majors

Business

19.6%

General Studies

11.1%

Criminal Justice

9.1%

Automotive Technology

7.4%

Kinesiology

5.4%

Precision Metal Working

5.0%

Heating And Air Conditioning

4.4%

Communication

4.1%

Psychology

3.9%

Liberal Arts

3.6%

Graphic Design

3.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.0%

Computer Science

2.9%

Management

2.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.7%

Accounting

2.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.4%

Education

2.3%

Plant Sciences

2.2%

Applied Horticulture

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

43.5%

Bachelors

27.7%

Associate

15.8%

Certificate

7.3%

Diploma

4.0%

Masters

1.4%

License

0.2%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
$30,000
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$19,000
Min 10%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$48,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Thousand Trails
Highest Paying City
Novato, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Groundskeeping Maintenance make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Groundskeeping Maintenance in the United States is $30,816 per year or $15 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $19,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $48,000.

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Top Skills for A Groundskeeping Maintenance

  1. General Upkeep
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. Snow Removal
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed daily maintenance and periodic repair of 9 clay tennis courts.- General upkeep of grounds, club house and pool.
  • Performed general repair and preventative maintenance work on interior and exterior properties.
  • Landscaped, including mowing/weed whacking/weeding/mulching and snow removal.
  • Performed general grounds maintenance* Completed basic repairs * Assisted residents of the community
  • Cleaned and inspected restrooms and showers, cleaned grounds for a safe environment.

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