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Working As A Groundskeeping Maintenance Worker

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $28,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Groundskeeping Maintenance Worker 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 Worker

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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Average Length of Employment
Maintenance Person 3.0 years
Maintenance Worker 2.4 years
Facility Worker 2.3 years
Ground Worker 2.1 years
Maintenance Aide 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Groundskeeping Maintenance Worker
Cashier 10.5%
Waitress 7.6%
Cook 4.8%
Custodian 3.8%
Volunteer 3.8%
Supervisor 3.8%
Internship 2.9%
Cleaner 2.9%
Top Careers After Groundskeeping Maintenance Worker
Driver 5.0%
Janitor 5.0%
Porter 5.0%
Custodian 4.0%
Volunteer 4.0%
Manager 4.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$28,000
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$17,000
Min 10%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Brookdale Senior Living
Highest Paying City
Warren, NJ
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.1 years
How much does a Groundskeeping Maintenance Worker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Groundskeeping Maintenance Worker in the United States is $28,274 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $17,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $45,000.

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Top Skills for A Groundskeeping Maintenance Worker

  1. Hand Tools
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. Flower Beds
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Used hand tools, power tools, and tests safety equipment as necessary.
  • Cut lawn using hand, power or riding mower and trim and edge around walks, flower beds, and walls.
  • Install rock gardens, ponds, decks, drainage systems, irrigation systems, retaining walls, fences, planters.
  • General repairs, painting and drywall repairs.
  • Have skills with carpentry, sheet metal, cement, lawn care, tree care, property management,

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Top 10 Best States for Groundskeeping Maintenance Workers

  1. Alaska
  2. Minnesota
  3. Washington
  4. Wyoming
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Colorado
  7. Connecticut
  8. Oregon
  9. Nebraska
  10. Massachusetts
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Groundskeeping Maintenance Worker Demographics

Gender

Male

74.4%

Unknown

16.6%

Female

9.0%
Ethnicity

White

65.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

5.4%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

80.0%

Portuguese

20.0%

Groundskeeping Maintenance Worker Education

Schools

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

10.3%

Anoka Technical College

6.9%

University of Virginia's College at Wise

6.9%

New York University

6.9%

Broward College

6.9%

Tennessee State University

6.9%

University of Wyoming

6.9%

American InterContinental University

6.9%

South Florida State College

3.4%

Eastern Michigan University

3.4%

Salem State University

3.4%

Lincoln Technical Institute

3.4%

Central Georgia Technical College

3.4%

Atlanta Metropolitan State College

3.4%

Illinois State University

3.4%

Modern Welding School

3.4%

Eastern Washington University

3.4%

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

3.4%

Central Texas College

3.4%

College of DuPage

3.4%
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Majors

Business

16.0%

Criminal Justice

9.3%

Communication

8.0%

Psychology

6.7%

General Studies

6.7%

Education

6.7%

Health Education

5.3%

Kinesiology

5.3%

Precision Metal Working

4.0%

Finance

4.0%

Electrical Engineering

4.0%

Management

2.7%

Natural Resources Management

2.7%

Forestry

2.7%

Biology

2.7%

Computer Science

2.7%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.7%

Automotive Technology

2.7%

Journalism

2.7%

Mechanical Engineering

2.7%
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Degrees

Other

42.4%

Bachelors

36.4%

Associate

10.2%

Certificate

5.1%

Masters

3.4%

Diploma

1.7%

License

0.8%
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