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Working As A Machine Maintenance

  • 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 Machine Maintenance 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 Machine Maintenance

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
Machine Repairer 7.5 years
Maintenance Person 3.0 years
Top Employers Before
Supervisor 6.8%
Machinist 6.8%
Welder 6.2%
Apprentice 5.6%
Mechanic 4.9%
Cook 4.3%
Technician 3.1%
Top Employers After
Welder 6.0%
Machinist 4.0%
Owner 3.3%
Driver 3.3%
Technician 3.3%

Machine Maintenance Demographics

Gender

Male

92.9%

Female

6.0%

Unknown

1.0%
Ethnicity

White

80.8%

Hispanic or Latino

10.0%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.5%

Dakota

12.5%

Dutch

12.5%

Hawaiian

12.5%
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Machine Maintenance Education

Schools

Clark College

10.5%

Henry Ford College

7.9%

Bucks County Community College

5.3%

San Antonio College

5.3%

Northern Kentucky University

5.3%

Erie County Technical School

5.3%

Mid Michigan Community College

5.3%

Platt College

5.3%

City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College

5.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.3%

IVY TECH STATE COLLEGE - KOKOMO - Health Sciences

5.3%

Monroe Community College

5.3%

Macomb Community College

5.3%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

5.3%

Niagara County Community College

5.3%

Trine University

2.6%

University of Southern Maine

2.6%

Saint Louis Community College

2.6%

Lone Star College System

2.6%

Oregon Institute of Technology

2.6%
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Majors

Business

13.3%

Automotive Technology

10.2%

Industrial Technology

9.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

7.8%

Electrical Engineering

7.8%

Precision Metal Working

7.0%

Mechanical Engineering

5.5%

Graphic Design

4.7%

General Studies

4.7%

Drafting And Design

3.9%

Computer Science

3.9%

Mechatronics And Robotics

3.1%

Apparel And Textiles

2.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.3%

Management

2.3%

Music

2.3%

Photography

2.3%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.3%

Computer Networking

2.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

48.4%

Associate

23.4%

Bachelors

14.1%

Certificate

8.9%

Masters

2.6%

Diploma

1.6%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Top Skills for A Machine Maintenance

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Top Machine Maintenance Skills

  1. Production Machines
  2. Maintenance Department
  3. CNC Machines
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist in leadership duties of maintenance department.
  • Assembled parts and maintain machinery consistency within multiple general motors factories.
  • Maintain preventive maintenance on machines Diagnose electrical and mechanical issues Minor fabrication for parts on machines
  • Hired initially to map all PLC operations for Rotary Molding machines.
  • Replaced belts, bearings, AC motors, proficient in trouble shooting electrical and pneumatic systems.

Top Machine Maintenance Employers

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