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Working As A Machine Maintenance Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $43,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Machine 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 A Machine 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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Machine Maintenance Technician Career Paths

Machine Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor Supervisor Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Supervisor Owner
Maintenance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Team Leader Production Supervisor
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Owner Maintenance Manager
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Manager Facilities Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Operations Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Owner Maintenance Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Production Supervisor Quality Control Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Technician Maintenance Technician Supervisor Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Technician Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Technician Maintenance Technician Supervisor Mechanics Supervisor
Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Industrial Maintenance Technician Industrial Electrician Maintenance Electrician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Industrial Maintenance Technician Industrial Electrician Electrical Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Industrial Maintenance Technician Industrial Electrician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Machine Repairman 9.5 years
Top Careers Before Machine Maintenance Technician
Technician 4.1%
Welder 4.1%
Machinist 3.6%
Manager 3.0%
Owner 2.8%
Supervisor 2.8%
Top Careers After Machine Maintenance Technician
Technician 6.4%
Owner 3.8%
Mechanic 2.9%
Supervisor 2.7%

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Machine Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

87.5%

Unknown

9.0%

Female

3.5%
Ethnicity

White

66.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

5.3%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.0%

German

20.0%

Portuguese

20.0%

Machine Maintenance Technician Education

Schools

Vincennes University

8.3%

University of Phoenix

6.7%

IVY TECH STATE COLLEGE - KOKOMO - Health Sciences

6.7%

Spartanburg Technical College

6.7%

Oakland Community College

6.7%

Marion Technical College

6.7%

Hinds Community College

5.0%

Lansing Community College

5.0%

Grand Rapids Community College

5.0%

Charles Stewart Mott Community College

5.0%

Ferris State University

5.0%

Macomb Community College

5.0%

Greenville Technical College

5.0%

Columbus State Community College

3.3%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

3.3%

College of Lake County

3.3%

Saint Paul's College

3.3%

State University of New York Polytechnic Institute

3.3%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.3%

Sinclair Community College

3.3%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

16.5%

Industrial Technology

13.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

11.0%

Automotive Technology

8.6%

Business

7.6%

Precision Metal Working

5.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

5.2%

General Studies

3.8%

Mechanical Engineering

3.8%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.8%

Computer Science

3.1%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Drafting And Design

2.4%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

Engineering Technology

1.7%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.7%

Engineering

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

Management

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

45.0%

Associate

27.6%

Bachelors

10.8%

Certificate

10.3%

Diploma

3.4%

Masters

1.4%

License

1.4%
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Top Skills for A Machine Maintenance Technician

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Production Machines
  3. CNC
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed preventative maintenance, installation, troubleshooting diagnosis and repair of various types of general and specific purpose machines.
  • Repaired and maintained mechanical and hydraulic components of production machines and equipment.
  • Certified CNC machine fire suppression installation inspection.
  • Trained electrical/electronic technicians in programming, troubleshooting and repair of PLC and CNC controlled equipment.
  • Dismantled machines and equipment to gain access to problem area, using hand tools and power tools.

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