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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
  • $33,000

    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
Maintenance Technician Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Superintendent
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Foreman Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Electrician Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Driver Electrician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Driver Field Service Technician Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Coordinator Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Crew Member Forklift Operator Electrician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Service Technician Hvac Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Self-Employed Maintenance Supervisor
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Field Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Officer Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Field Service Technician Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Self-Employed Lead Person
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Shop Foreman Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 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 Associate
Cashier 15.1%
Associate 6.8%
Cook 3.5%
Custodian 3.4%
Janitor 3.3%
Volunteer 3.2%
Internship 3.1%
Server 2.7%
Top Careers After Maintenance Associate
Cashier 11.4%
Associate 6.9%
Driver 4.4%
Janitor 3.4%
Cook 3.2%
Internship 3.2%
Server 2.5%
Technician 2.5%
Supervisor 2.5%

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Maintenance Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

73.9%

Female

15.6%

Unknown

10.6%
Ethnicity

White

62.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.8%

French

9.2%

Portuguese

3.3%

Italian

3.3%

German

1.7%

Russian

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

Bulgarian

0.8%

Chinese

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Albanian

0.8%

Khmer

0.8%

Carrier

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Urdu

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Hmong

0.8%
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Maintenance Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.7%

The Academy

12.2%

Apex Technical School

5.2%

Kaplan University

4.8%

Orleans Technical Institute

4.3%

Henry Ford College

3.9%

Houston Community College

3.9%

College of Southern Nevada

3.9%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.9%

Thomas Nelson Community College

3.9%

Strayer University

3.5%

Northern Illinois University

3.5%

University of Akron

3.5%

Purdue University

3.5%

Trident Technical College

3.0%

East Mississippi Community College

3.0%

Oakland Community College

3.0%

Gateway Technical College

3.0%

Columbus State Community College

3.0%

Vincennes University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

21.8%

General Studies

9.6%

Criminal Justice

7.5%

Electrical Engineering

5.1%

Computer Science

4.7%

Automotive Technology

4.7%

Accounting

4.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.6%

Psychology

4.5%

Liberal Arts

4.1%

Industrial Technology

3.3%

Medical Assisting Services

3.2%

Communication

3.2%

Graphic Design

3.2%

Education

3.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.9%

Information Technology

2.7%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.5%

Nursing

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

40.2%

Bachelors

26.7%

Associate

18.5%

Certificate

8.0%

Diploma

3.3%

Masters

3.0%

Doctorate

0.2%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$33,000
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$21,000
Min 10%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Graphic Packaging International
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does a Maintenance Associate make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Maintenance Associate in the United States is $33,065 per year or $16 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $21,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $50,000.

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Top Skills for A Maintenance Associate

  1. Sales Floor
  2. Public Restrooms
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist in arrangement of sales floor promo display(s); Maintain cleanliness throughout store/property; Report maintenance concerns.
  • Sanitized public restrooms from impurities with cleansing disinfectants.
  • Followed proper safety procedures, and guidelines according to company policies.
  • Provide customer service to 1200 manufacturing personnel; generating and managing work orders and communicating completion.
  • Sweep, clean bathrooms, damp mop or clean any spillage in office and public area's as required.

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