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Working As A Handyman Service

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $70,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Handyman Service 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 Service

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 Service Career Paths

Handyman Service
Driver Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Driver Technician Electrician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Foreman Superintendent
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Electrician Foreman Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Electrician Supervisor Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Maintenance Technician Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Maintenance Technician Hvac Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Maintenance Technician Hvac Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Welder Millwright
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Mail Clerk Environmental Services Supervisor
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Owner Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Supervisor Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Journeyman Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operation Supervisor Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Sales Person Purchasing Agent Estimator Project Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Engineer Journeyman Electrician Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Building Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
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Handyman Service Demographics

Gender

Male

83.7%

Unknown

9.9%

Female

6.4%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

20.5%

Black or African American

10.3%

Asian

5.0%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.6%

French

5.9%

Carrier

3.5%

Russian

3.5%

Portuguese

2.4%

Ukrainian

2.4%

Venetian

2.4%

Chinese

1.2%

German

1.2%

Romanian

1.2%

Japanese

1.2%

Polish

1.2%

Korean

1.2%

Navajo

1.2%

Italian

1.2%
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Handyman Service Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.7%

The Academy

11.9%

A-Technical College

7.0%

Ashford University

5.4%

College of Southern Nevada

5.4%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.9%

Pima Community College

4.3%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

4.3%

Kaplan University

4.3%

Weber State University

4.3%

American InterContinental University

3.8%

San Antonio College

3.8%

ECPI University

3.2%

Ohio University -

3.2%

Universal Technical Institute

3.2%

Forsyth Technical Community College

3.2%

San Bernardino Valley College

3.2%

Wichita State University

3.2%

University of South Florida

2.7%

Central Piedmont Community College

2.7%
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Majors

Business

22.8%

General Studies

7.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.7%

Heating And Air Conditioning

6.3%

Automotive Technology

6.1%

Electrical Engineering

5.9%

Criminal Justice

5.6%

Computer Science

5.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.3%

Education

3.7%

Management

3.1%

Psychology

2.9%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Construction Management

2.7%

Precision Metal Working

2.6%

Industrial Technology

2.6%

Accounting

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Communication

2.0%

Fine Arts

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

46.4%

Bachelors

17.7%

Associate

17.0%

Certificate

11.2%

Diploma

3.4%

Masters

2.8%

License

0.9%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Top Skills for A Handyman Service

  1. Drywall Repair
  2. Door Installation
  3. Snow Removal
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Included painting, drywall repairs, glass repair, carpet cleaning/repairs, lawn care, electrical repairs.
  • Plan residential garage door installation or service projects i.e.
  • Snow Removal, Mowing, weeding, edging, weed whacking, trimming trees, Raking, Debris Removal.
  • Conducted monthly preventative maintenance on shopping and rolling carts replacing parts and maintaining current inventory.
  • Remodel work, home improvements, maintenance, flooring, electrical, yard maintenance, and painting.

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