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Working As A Maintenance Assistant

  • 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 Assistant 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 Assistant

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 Assistant Career Paths

Maintenance Assistant
Maintenance Technician Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Executive Assistant Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Executive Assistant Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Consultant Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Driver Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Electrician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Electrician Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Specialist Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Technician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Field Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Field Service Technician Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Executive Assistant Assistant Property Manager
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Shop Foreman Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Lead Engineer Chief Engineer
Chief Building Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Maintenance Person 3.0 years
Maintenance Worker 2.4 years
Maintenance Helper 2.2 years
Maintenance Aide 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Maintenance Assistant
Cashier 11.3%
Assistant 6.2%
Internship 5.4%
Volunteer 4.7%
Custodian 3.5%
Server 3.2%
Technician 3.1%
Cook 3.1%
Top Careers After Maintenance Assistant
Cashier 8.0%
Internship 6.2%
Assistant 5.3%
Driver 4.3%
Server 3.4%
Technician 3.3%
Volunteer 3.2%
Supervisor 2.9%

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Maintenance Assistant Demographics

Gender

Male

77.1%

Female

13.1%

Unknown

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

17.7%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

73.1%

French

5.5%

German

4.2%

Portuguese

2.9%

Russian

1.6%

Chinese

1.6%

Carrier

1.3%

Polish

1.3%

Mandarin

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Italian

1.0%

Tagalog

1.0%

Arabic

1.0%

Thai

0.6%

Japanese

0.6%

Swahili

0.3%

Hausa

0.3%

Telugu

0.3%

Turkish

0.3%
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Maintenance Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.2%

The Academy

8.1%

Indiana University Bloomington

5.1%

Liberty University

5.1%

University of Washington

4.9%

Universal Technical Institute

4.9%

University of Connecticut

4.9%

Purdue University

4.7%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4.5%

University of Arizona

4.5%

Austin Community College

4.5%

Ferris State University

4.5%

Community College of the Air Force

4.3%

University of Alabama

4.3%

Everest Institute

4.3%

Mississippi State University

4.1%

Ball State University

4.1%

Michigan State University

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

Community College of Philadelphia

3.7%
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Majors

Business

22.4%

Criminal Justice

7.2%

General Studies

7.0%

Heating And Air Conditioning

6.3%

Accounting

4.6%

Psychology

4.3%

Automotive Technology

4.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.1%

Electrical Engineering

4.1%

Mechanical Engineering

4.0%

Kinesiology

3.6%

Computer Science

3.4%

Liberal Arts

3.3%

Industrial Technology

3.2%

Communication

3.1%

Management

2.9%

Graphic Design

2.8%

Finance

2.7%

Education

2.5%
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Degrees

Other

35.2%

Bachelors

34.7%

Associate

14.1%

Certificate

7.8%

Masters

4.5%

Diploma

3.0%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
$30,000
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$20,000
Min 10%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Telecare
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.2 years
How much does a Maintenance Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Maintenance Assistant in the United States is $30,216 per year or $15 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $20,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $43,000.

Real Maintenance Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Maintenance Assistant Maverick Tube Corporation Blytheville, AR Mar 09, 2015 $85,652
Maintenance Assistant Maverick Tube Corporation Conroe, TX Aug 15, 2013 $80,829
Pool Maintenance Assistant Master Touch Pool Services, Inc. Boca Raton, FL Aug 30, 2016 $63,606
Pool Maintenance Assistant Master Touch Pool Services, Inc. Boca Raton, FL Oct 27, 2016 $63,606
Maintenance Assistant JBS Packing Company, Inc. Port Arthur, TX Jul 09, 2015 $45,989
Maintenance Assistant JBS Packing Company, Inc. Port Arthur, TX Aug 26, 2016 $45,989

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Top Skills for A Maintenance Assistant

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Facility
  3. Ensure Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed routine maintenance tasks, minor maintenance requests and routine preventative maintenance.
  • Maintained facility clean, organized, and operational.
  • Provide basic maintenance to malfunctioning equipment to ensure safety for active members.
  • Managed long-term working relationships with many local service providers including professional septic, plumbing, electrical and HVAC providers.
  • Assisted leader with daily projects involving but not limited to, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, drywall repair and painting.

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