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Working As an Industrial Maintenance Repairer

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $44,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Industrial Maintenance Repairer 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 An Industrial Maintenance Repairer

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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Industrial Maintenance Repairer Typical Career Paths

Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Industrial Maintenance Repairer
Cashier 6.1%
Millwright 6.1%
Manager 6.1%
Top Careers After Industrial Maintenance Repairer
Cashier 5.9%
Carpenter 5.9%
Owner 5.9%
Handyman 2.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$44,000
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$38,000
Min 10%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Sherwin-Williams
Highest Paying City
Fresno, CA
Highest Paying State
Massachusetts
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does an Industrial Maintenance Repairer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Industrial Maintenance Repairer in the United States is $44,473 per year or $21 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $51,000.

Real Industrial Maintenance Repairer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Maintenance Repairer, Industrial White Castle Fertilizer Co-Op LA Oct 15, 2012 $28,195
Maintenance Repairer, Industrial Marcum & Associates, Inc. KY Feb 01, 2012 $27,089
Maintenance Repairer, Industrial Lafourche Sugars, L.L.C. LA Oct 01, 2011 $22,644
Maintenance Repairer Helper, Industrial Bradford Reeve, Sr & Paul Reeve Inc. DBA Bayview Fa NY Mar 01, 2012 $22,039
Maintenance Repair Industrial Country Inn & Suites Powells Crossroads, TN Jun 06, 2011 $21,000
Maintenance Repairer, Industrial Lula-Westfield, L.L.C. LA Oct 01, 2011 $20,140
Maintenance Repairer, Industrial Sterling Sugars LLC LA Sep 01, 2011 $20,140
Maintenance Repairer Helper, Industrial Starnes-Parker Installations, Inc. LA Apr 02, 2012 $18,908
Maintenance Repairer Helper, Industrial Arthur J. Edwards Mason Contracting Company, Inc. NY Jan 31, 2011 $18,887
Maintenance Repairer Helper, Industrial Rice Belt Distributors, Inc. LA Apr 01, 2012 $18,616
Maintenance Repairer Helper, Industrial Darrell Lebeouf Welding Services LA Feb 01, 2011 $17,802
Maintenance Repairer, Industrial Scorpion Exploration & Production Inc. VA Apr 01, 2011 $17,364

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Top Skills for An Industrial Maintenance Repairer

  1. Electrical Systems
  2. Assembly Line
  3. Physical Structures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted Journeyman electrician with installation, repairs, and maintenance of electrical systems.
  • Designed and implemented alterations or modifications on assembly lines to ensure efficient production and operator safety.
  • Repaired and maintained physical structures of commercial buildings.
  • Removed and replaced worn and defective parts of drive mechanism and hydraulic system.
  • Diagnose and repair electrical, mechanical and hydraulic systems breakdowns utilizing Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).

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Top 10 Best States for Industrial Maintenance Repairers

  1. Wisconsin
  2. Iowa
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Alaska
  5. Indiana
  6. Ohio
  7. Nevada
  8. Kentucky
  9. North Dakota
  10. Vermont
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Industrial Maintenance Repairer Demographics

Gender

Male

88.1%

Female

7.1%

Unknown

4.8%
Ethnicity

White

65.3%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

4.2%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Industrial Maintenance Repairer Education

Schools

Lee College

9.5%

East Central Technical College

4.8%

Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Murfreesboro

4.8%

Mercer County Community College

4.8%

Community College of the Air Force

4.8%

James Sprunt Community College

4.8%

University of Central Missouri

4.8%

South Piedmont Community College

4.8%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.8%

Wayne County Schools Career Center

4.8%

IVY TECH STATE COLLEGE - KOKOMO - Health Sciences

4.8%

Southeastern College

4.8%

University of California - Riverside

4.8%

Texas Tech University

4.8%

Grace Bible College

4.8%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

4.8%

Central State University

4.8%

West Georgia Technical College

4.8%

Everest College - San Bernardino

4.8%

Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College

4.8%
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Majors

Heating And Air Conditioning

13.3%

Industrial Technology

10.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

10.0%

Medical Technician

6.7%

General Studies

6.7%

Precision Metal Working

6.7%

Computer Information Systems

3.3%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

3.3%

Design And Visual Communication

3.3%

Management

3.3%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

3.3%

Agricultural Production Operations

3.3%

Computer Networking

3.3%

General Sales

3.3%

Graphic Design

3.3%

Construction Management

3.3%

Computer Programming

3.3%

Health Care Administration

3.3%

Public Health

3.3%

Human Services

3.3%
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Degrees

Other

50.0%

Associate

23.3%

Certificate

13.3%

Masters

3.3%

License

3.3%

Diploma

3.3%

Bachelors

3.3%
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Updated May 19, 2020