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Working As A Maintenance Associate

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $36,630

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance Associate 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 Associate

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 Associate Career Paths

Maintenance Associate
Security Officer Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Welder Fitter Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Maintenance Technician Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Operations Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Operations Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Operator Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Mechanic
Lead Mechanic
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Self-Employed Realtor
Property Management Specialist
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Field Engineer Assistant Superintendent
Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Production Manager
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Die Maintenance 3.8 years
Maintenance Person 3.0 years
Maintenance Worker 2.3 years
Maintenance Helper 1.9 years
Maintenance Aide 1.7 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 11.8%
Associate 6.2%
Janitor 4.3%
Custodian 3.5%
Cook 3.4%
Cleaner 2.8%
Volunteer 2.5%
Top Employers After
Cashier 8.8%
Associate 5.6%
Driver 4.1%
Internship 4.0%
Janitor 3.5%
Cook 3.5%
Technician 3.1%

Maintenance Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

80.1%

Female

17.9%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

80.2%

Hispanic or Latino

10.9%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.3%

French

9.7%

Italian

5.6%

Portuguese

4.2%

Arabic

4.2%

Russian

2.8%

Bulgarian

1.4%

Chinese

1.4%

Ukrainian

1.4%

German

1.4%

Albanian

1.4%

Khmer

1.4%

Carrier

1.4%

Hindi

1.4%

Urdu

1.4%

Polish

1.4%

Hmong

1.4%
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Maintenance Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.3%

Henry Ford College

5.9%

Illinois Central College

5.0%

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

4.2%

Trident Technical College

4.2%

Guilford Technical Community College

4.2%

Universal Technical Institute

4.2%

Montgomery College

4.2%

Ozarks Technical Community College

4.2%

Ohio State University

4.2%

Houston Community College

4.2%

College of DuPage

4.2%

Northern Illinois University

4.2%

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

4.2%

Kaplan University

4.2%

Iowa State University

4.2%

Indiana State University

4.2%

Ball State University

4.2%

Eastern Washington University

3.4%

Auburn University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

20.1%

General Studies

10.2%

Criminal Justice

7.3%

Electrical Engineering

6.3%

Computer Science

5.6%

Psychology

4.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.3%

Accounting

4.3%

Liberal Arts

4.2%

Industrial Technology

4.0%

Automotive Technology

4.0%

Communication

3.6%

Education

3.2%

Computer Information Systems

3.2%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.7%

Management

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering

2.4%

Computer Networking

2.4%

Fine Arts

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

38.3%

Bachelors

28.5%

Associate

18.7%

Certificate

7.2%

Masters

4.3%

Diploma

2.6%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Maintenance Associate

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Top Maintenance Associate Skills

  1. Sales Floor
  2. Public Restrooms
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Removed departmental waste, cleared spills, and maintained sanitary conditions on both the sales floor and warehouse.
  • Sanitized public restrooms from impurities with cleansing disinfectants.
  • Followed proper safety procedures, and guidelines according to company policies.
  • Provide excellent, prompt and courteous customer service contributing to overall customer satisfaction.
  • Job Duties: Maintenance associates are expected to clean bathrooms, floors and any spills that may occur.

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