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Become A Machine Maintenance

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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

Example Of What A Machine Maintenance does

  • Assist in leadership duties of maintenance department.
  • Worked on various vehicle production lines assembling components for Ford automobiles.
  • Used measuring devices, automatic, power, and hand tools.
  • Maintained shop tool inventory; performed machine, shop, and building maintenance.Delivery service as needed throughout New England.
  • Performed trouble shooting techniques in problem areas.
  • Work under USDA, FDA, EPA and OSHA guidelines.
  • Machine maintenance and cleaning, regular cleaning, closing duties, customer service.
  • Trained others on proper operation of equipment.
  • Perform preventive maintenance on machines and other equipment.
  • Do the machine Set-up and installation.
  • service, repairs, and troubleshooting for all food production equipment.
  • Repair servo motors and induction motors.
  • Hired initially to map all PLC operations for Rotary Molding machines.
  • Disassemble clean, Repair as needed and general maintenance.

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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.


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.


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.


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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Machine Maintenance Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Dakota

  • Dutch

  • Hawaiian

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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.

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