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Working As A Maintenance And Repair Worker

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $30,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance And Repair Worker 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 Maintenance And Repair Worker

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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Maintenance And Repair Worker Career Paths

Maintenance And Repair Worker
Maintenance Technician Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Foreman Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Electrician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Driver Foreman
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Technician Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Driver Field Service Technician
Lead Mechanic
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Foreman Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Service Technician Hvac Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Self-Employed Maintenance Supervisor
Building Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Self-Employed Hvac Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Welder Millwright
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Carpenter Journeyman Maintenance Electrician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Engineer Building Engineer Lead Building Engineer
Chief Building Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Engineer Hvac Technician Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Manager Of Maintenance Technology
7 Yearsyrs
Equipment Operator Shop Foreman Senior Mechanic
Senior Maintenance Mechanic
9 Yearsyrs
Plumber Helper Maintenance Manager Assistant Chief Engineer
Chief Maintenance Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
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Maintenance And Repair Worker Demographics

Gender

Male

84.8%

Unknown

8.6%

Female

6.6%
Ethnicity

White

63.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

12.4%

Asian

4.9%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.0%

Russian

12.5%

Swahili

6.3%

French

6.3%
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Maintenance And Repair Worker Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.2%

Trident Technical College

6.8%

University of Toledo

6.8%

Clark College

5.5%

The Academy

5.5%

Ohio State University

5.5%

University of Akron

5.5%

A-Technical College

5.5%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

5.5%

Ohio University -

4.1%

Western Wyoming Community College

4.1%

Columbus State Community College

4.1%

Ferris State University

4.1%

Ashford University

4.1%

Vincennes University

4.1%

Augusta Technical College

4.1%

Cambridge Junior College - Yuba City

4.1%

Forsyth Technical Community College

4.1%

Indian River State College

4.1%

Cuyahoga Community College

4.1%
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Majors

Business

15.2%

Heating And Air Conditioning

10.7%

Criminal Justice

7.0%

General Studies

6.8%

Electrical Engineering

6.5%

Precision Metal Working

5.6%

Education

5.6%

Curriculum And Instruction

5.4%

Automotive Technology

4.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.5%

Industrial Technology

4.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.2%

Computer Science

3.4%

Engineering

3.1%

Accounting

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.3%

Kinesiology

2.0%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

2.0%

Communication

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

52.8%

Associate

14.9%

Certificate

12.1%

Bachelors

11.2%

Diploma

6.2%

Masters

2.2%

License

0.7%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$19,000
Min 10%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
$49,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
True Value
Highest Paying City
Ossining, NY
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Maintenance And Repair Worker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Maintenance And Repair Worker in the United States is $30,620 per year or $15 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $19,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $49,000.

Real Maintenance And Repair Worker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General Pascarella Mason Street LLC Greenwich, CT Jun 24, 2013 $56,077
Maintenance and Repair Worker Pascarella Mason Street LLC Greenwich, CT Jan 15, 2016 $55,058
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General Jack William Lasersohn East Hampton, NY Jul 21, 2014 $51,820 -
$77,741
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General Sarbe LLC Princeton, NJ Dec 20, 2013 $49,567
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General Sharon Barovsky Malibu, CA May 02, 2013 $49,234
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General James D. Alban-Davies Rye, NY Mar 14, 2013 $49,067
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General Community Church of Faith and Hope Waldwick, NJ Feb 20, 2014 $49,067
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General Kelly Courts, Inc. Peekskill, NY Feb 14, 2013 $48,776
Maintenance and Repair Worker Desma USA, Inc. Hebron, KY Sep 28, 2016 $48,547 -
$55,000
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General New Vista Nursing & Rehab Center Newark, NJ Mar 31, 2014 $48,210
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General Sharon Barovsky Malibu, CA Jul 03, 2014 $47,486
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General Fire Escape Services 'Inc. Somerville, MA Mar 07, 2014 $47,041
Maintenance and Repair Worker Neal's Flower Garden, Inc. Southold, NY Sep 11, 2015 $46,197
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General Manifest Properties, Inc. Chapel Hill, NC Mar 07, 2013 $45,531
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General RPW Group Inc. Rye Brook, NY Jul 07, 2014 $41,434
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General DCA/DBA Ann and Andy Child Care Center Elmsford, NY Sep 16, 2013 $41,434
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General Southern California Equestrian Center Moorpark, CA Jan 21, 2014 $41,267
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General Nailed It Construction, Inc. Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA Apr 03, 2013 $41,163
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General Asian Food Markets of Piscataway LLC Piscataway, NJ Dec 13, 2013 $41,142
Maintenance and Repair Worker Dolph's Inc. Kent, CT Dec 29, 2015 $40,851
Maintenance and Repair Worker Southern Cross Boatworks, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Oct 20, 2016 $40,435
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General Cyr International, Inc. Alhambra, CA Nov 08, 2013 $40,019
Helpers, Maintenance and Repair Workers Arthur J. Edwards Mason Contracting Company, Inc. Miller Place, NY Mar 02, 2015 $29,009
Helpers, Maintenance and Repair Workers Arthur J. Edwards Mason Contracting Company, Inc. NY Mar 03, 2014 $28,801
Helpers, Maintenance and Repair Workers Bradford T. Reeve, Sr. and Paul Reeve, Inc. NY Mar 03, 2014 $28,801
Maintenance and Repair Worker Soggy Bottom Farms Metter, GA May 08, 2015 $28,038
Helpers, Maintenance and Repair Workers Arthur J. Edwards Mason Contracting Company, Inc. Miller Place, NY Mar 01, 2016 $27,569
Building Maintenance Repair Worker Dimarco Management Company LP NY Aug 12, 2016 $27,331
Helper of Repair & Installation Maintenance Worker BMC West Corporation Sacramento, CA Apr 15, 2016 $27,194
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General Seaboard Welding Supply Ocean, NJ Apr 14, 2014 $26,853

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Top Skills for A Maintenance And Repair Worker

  1. Hand Tools
  2. Drywall Repair
  3. Electrical Systems
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  • Used hand tools, power tools, measuring instruments, testing devices, jacks, chain falls and hoists and lifts.
  • General maintenance on over thirty rental properties Repair plumbing, electrical Maintain and repair appliances Landscaping Paint and drywall repair Roofing repairs
  • Assisted Master electrician with instillation, repairs and maintenance of electrical systems.
  • Performed preventative maintenance to ensure the quality and performance of mechanical systems of the facility.
  • Maintained and repaired machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings Troubleshoot and fix faulty equipment.

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