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Working As A Handyman

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $36,630

    Average Salary

What Does A Handyman 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 Handyman

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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Handyman Career Paths

Handyman
Maintenance Technician Engineering Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Driver Instructor Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Farm Hand Mechanic Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Maintenance Technician Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Facilities Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assembler Machinist Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Assembler Operator Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Landscaper Maintenance Technician
Lead Mechanic
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager General Manager Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Engineer Maintenance Supervisor Mechanical Technician
Mechanics Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Operator Foreman
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Engineer Operations Manager Realtor
Property Management Specialist
6 Yearsyrs
Landscaper Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Farm Hand Foreman
Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
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Handyman Demographics

Gender

Male

93.4%

Female

5.5%

Unknown

1.1%
Ethnicity

White

76.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

74.0%

French

5.5%

German

2.8%

Russian

2.2%

Carrier

1.7%

Portuguese

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Italian

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%

Japanese

1.1%

Albanian

0.8%

Tagalog

0.8%

Chinese

0.8%

Dakota

0.8%

Swahili

0.6%

Romanian

0.6%

Mandarin

0.6%

Finnish

0.6%

Hungarian

0.6%

Venetian

0.6%
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Handyman Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.7%

Universal Technical Institute

7.4%

Pima Community College

7.0%

Glendale Community College

6.3%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.9%

Butte College

4.6%

Utah Valley University

4.6%

Apex Technical School

4.2%

Utah State University

4.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.2%

Central New Mexico Community College

4.2%

Fresno City College

4.2%

Bakersfield College

4.2%

Sinclair Community College

3.9%

Palomar College

3.9%

Fullerton College

3.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.9%

Texas State University

3.9%

Orange Coast College

3.9%

Santa Rosa Junior College

3.9%
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Majors

Business

18.8%

General Studies

7.0%

Automotive Technology

6.3%

Criminal Justice

6.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.2%

Electrical Engineering

6.0%

Heating And Air Conditioning

5.6%

Computer Science

5.4%

Precision Metal Working

4.3%

Mechanical Engineering

4.2%

Psychology

3.5%

Liberal Arts

3.3%

Graphic Design

3.3%

Industrial Technology

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

Education

2.9%

Drafting And Design

2.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.7%

Biology

2.6%

Management

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

44.9%

Bachelors

23.3%

Associate

16.1%

Certificate

9.7%

Masters

2.9%

Diploma

2.3%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Real Handyman Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Handyman Joseph M. Arzadon, Md, DDS, PC DBA Nova Surgical A Arlington, VA Jul 07, 2015 $35,880
Handyman Mario C. Fonseca Remodeling Hagerstown, MD Mar 19, 2008 $30,307 -
$50,000
Handyman Marina Contractors & Developers, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 19, 2008 $28,696 -
$29,218
Handyman New Creations Hair Studio Naples, FL Dec 03, 2010 $26,192
Handyman Lotus Property Services, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 29, 2016 $25,938
Handyman M.W. Promotions Corp. Plantation, FL Nov 15, 2007 $25,461

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Top Skills for A Handyman

DrywallRepairDoorsWindowInstallationSnowRemovalYardMaintenanceKitchenCabinetsFlowerBedsBathroomHvacHandToolsSheetrockGeneralMaintenanceCustomerServiceApplianceRepairLightFixturesODDJobsMasonryElectricalRepairsJobSiteExteriorPainting

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Top Handyman Skills

  1. Drywall Repair
  2. Doors
  3. Window Installation
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • General Maintenance: painting, electricity, plumbing, drywall repairs, window cleaning, carpet installation, customer service.
  • Painted buildings and apartments, repaired windows, drywall, cabinets, doors, and floors to prepare for new tenants.
  • Performed the following: * Door and window installation.
  • Snow removal Light construction work Lawn Maintenance Mechanical work Plumbing Flooring/Tiling Painting Roofing
  • Completed unsupervised duties including facility improvements, yard maintenance, machine maintenance, and janitorial tasks.

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