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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
  • $39,732

    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 Worker Hvac Technician Building Maintenance Technician
Building Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Electrician Foreman
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Mechanic
Lead Mechanic
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Installation Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Custodian Technician Mechanical Technician
Mechanics Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Director Operations Director Realtor
Property Management Specialist
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Sales Consultant Leasing Consultant
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Field Technician Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Operator Foreman
Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Maintenance Person 2.8 years
Maintenance Worker 2.3 years
Maintenance Helper 1.9 years
Maintenance Aide 1.7 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 9.4%
Assistant 5.8%
Internship 4.9%
Volunteer 4.6%
Server 3.7%
Cook 3.5%
Technician 3.3%
Teller 3.3%
Supervisor 3.2%
Top Employers After
Internship 6.7%
Cashier 5.1%
Assistant 4.9%
Technician 4.3%
Driver 4.0%
Volunteer 3.0%
Supervisor 3.0%
Server 2.9%

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Maintenance Assistant Demographics

Gender

Male

84.2%

Female

14.0%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

78.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.4%

French

4.5%

Portuguese

3.4%

German

3.4%

Russian

1.7%

Carrier

1.7%

Mandarin

1.1%

Korean

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Arabic

1.1%

Swahili

0.6%

Telugu

0.6%

Turkish

0.6%

Hmong

0.6%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Thai

0.6%

Italian

0.6%

Tamil

0.6%

Greek

0.6%

Tagalog

0.6%
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Maintenance Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.0%

Liberty University

7.0%

University of Connecticut

6.3%

Community College of the Air Force

5.5%

University of Alabama

5.5%

University of Arizona

5.5%

Ferris State University

5.5%

Purdue University

5.5%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4.7%

Ball State University

4.7%

University of Northern Iowa

4.3%

Austin Community College

4.3%

Mississippi State University

4.3%

Appalachian State University

4.3%

University of Toledo

4.3%

Oregon State University

3.9%

Clemson University

3.9%

The Academy

3.9%

Western Michigan University

3.9%

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

3.9%
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Majors

Business

22.0%

Criminal Justice

7.3%

General Studies

6.8%

Heating And Air Conditioning

5.7%

Psychology

4.8%

Electrical Engineering

4.5%

Accounting

4.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.0%

Mechanical Engineering

4.0%

Automotive Technology

4.0%

Industrial Technology

3.7%

Computer Science

3.5%

Kinesiology

3.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.4%

Liberal Arts

3.3%

Biology

3.3%

Management

3.2%

Communication

3.2%

Precision Metal Working

2.9%

Graphic Design

2.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.6%

Other

34.9%

Associate

13.5%

Certificate

8.0%

Masters

5.2%

Diploma

2.2%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.3%
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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 Oct 27, 2016 $63,606
Pool Maintenance Assistant Master Touch Pool Services, Inc. Boca Raton, FL Aug 30, 2016 $63,606
Maintenance Assistant JBS Packing Company, Inc. Port Arthur, TX Aug 26, 2016 $45,989
Maintenance Assistant JBS Packing Company, Inc. Port Arthur, TX Jul 09, 2015 $45,989

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Top Skills for A Maintenance Assistant

FacilityMaintenanceSafeEnvironmentHvacGeneralUpkeepRoutinePreventiveMaintenanceDrywallRepairFloorGeneralBuildingMaintenanceCustomerServiceAirConditionersSnowRemovalHandToolsAssistanceLightBulbsJanitorialLightFixturesGroundsMaintenanceApplianceRepairMaintenanceTasksMaintenanceDepartment

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  1. Facility Maintenance
  2. Safe Environment
  3. Hvac
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Support facility maintenance inspection processes, forwards feedback to maintenance management; attends required student employee staff development meetings/programs.
  • Monitored the proper PH and chemical levels to ensure a safe environment for the clients.
  • Managed long-term working relationships with many local service providers including professional septic, plumbing, electrical and HVAC providers.
  • Maintained the facility and assisted with general upkeep and processes
  • Maintain and repair equipment Perform routine Preventive Maintenance General Cleaning and Upkeep Troubleshoot and fix facility Problems

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