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Working As An Installation & Maintenance Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $39,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Installation & Maintenance Technician 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 Installation & Maintenance Technician

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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Installation & Maintenance Technician Career Paths

Installation & Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Technician Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Superintendent
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Installation Technician Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Installation Technician Technician Consultant
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Installation Technician Field Service Technician Owner
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Field Service Technician Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Foreman Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Field Technician Technical Support Specialist Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Technician Lead Technician Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Field Technician Electrician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Installation And Service Technician Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Installation And Service Technician Hvac Technician Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Installation And Service Technician Driver Computer Technician
Senior Service Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Team Leader Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Team Leader Operations Director
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Computer Technician Lead Technician
Service Technician Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Journeyman Shop Foreman
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Engineer Building Engineer
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Telecom Technician 3.6 years
Technician 2.7 years
Field Technician 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Installation & Maintenance Technician
Installer 7.2%
Technician 4.9%
Driver 3.1%
Top Careers After Installation & Maintenance Technician
Technician 8.6%
Installer 6.2%
Owner 3.3%
Welder 2.4%

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Top Skills for An Installation & Maintenance Technician

  1. Customer Service
  2. Telephone Services
  3. Fiber Optic
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Utilized customer service and mechanical skills to perform troubleshooting, repair and preventive maintenance.
  • Examined telephone transmission facilities to determine requirements for new and additional telephone services.
  • Performed maintenance and installation of cameras, velocity detecting radars, luminous displays, weather stations and fiber optic systems.
  • Complete telephone work orders and resolve telephone trouble tickets.
  • Installed and maintained fiber optic telephone, internet and television services for residential and commercial customers.

Installation & Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

89.3%

Female

6.4%

Unknown

4.3%
Ethnicity

White

61.3%

Hispanic or Latino

16.7%

Black or African American

12.7%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.1%

Carrier

14.7%

German

8.8%

French

8.8%

Berber

2.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Indonesian

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Polish

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Italian

2.9%
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Installation & Maintenance Technician Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

10.3%

Lincoln Technical Institute

8.6%

National University

6.9%

Kaplan University

6.9%

Prince George's Community College

5.2%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

5.2%

South University

5.2%

Strayer University

5.2%

Brookdale Community College

5.2%

Coastal Carolina University

5.2%

RWM Fiber Optics, Inc

5.2%

Eastern Michigan University

3.4%

Pima Community College

3.4%

ITT Technical Institute-Little Rock

3.4%

Specs Howard School of Media Arts

3.4%

Texas State University

3.4%

Kansas City Ks Area Technical School

3.4%

DeVry University

3.4%

Joliet Junior College

3.4%

Harford Community College

3.4%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

14.3%

Business

13.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

11.4%

Computer Networking

8.5%

General Studies

5.1%

Computer Science

4.8%

Heating And Air Conditioning

4.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.4%

Criminal Justice

3.7%

Information Technology

3.7%

Graphic Design

3.3%

Industrial Technology

2.9%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

Psychology

2.9%

Mechanical Engineering

2.9%

Medical Technician

2.6%

Automotive Technology

2.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.2%

Computer Systems Security

2.2%

Precision Metal Working

1.8%
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Degrees

High School Diploma

32.4%

Associate

24.2%

Bachelors

17.5%

Certificate

12.0%

Diploma

9.0%

Masters

3.7%

License

1.0%

Doctorate

0.2%
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