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Working As A Maintenance Engineer

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $55,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance Engineer 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 Engineer

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 Engineer Career Paths

Maintenance Engineer
Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Manager Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Owner Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Maintenance Supervisor
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Team Leader Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Owner Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Electrician Maintenance Manager Maintenance Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Electrician Foreman Superintendent
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Technical Support Engineer Technical Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Facilities Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Handyman Maintenance Technician Maintenance Electrician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Foreman Shop Foreman Mechanics Supervisor
Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Platoon Sergeant Airport Maintenance Chief
Chief Maintenance Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Maintenance Person 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Maintenance Engineer
Engineer 7.0%
Technician 4.2%
Supervisor 3.9%
Owner 3.7%
Mechanic 3.6%
Cashier 3.0%
Carpenter 2.7%
Internship 2.7%
Top Careers After Maintenance Engineer
Engineer 6.9%
Owner 3.9%
Manager 3.2%
Technician 3.1%
Supervisor 2.7%

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Maintenance Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

84.0%

Unknown

10.2%

Female

5.8%
Ethnicity

White

56.8%

Hispanic or Latino

17.4%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.5%

Arabic

10.3%

French

7.3%

Carrier

4.9%

German

3.3%

Hindi

3.0%

Russian

2.7%

Chinese

2.4%

Italian

1.6%

Mandarin

1.6%

Portuguese

1.6%

Japanese

1.6%

Tagalog

1.1%

Korean

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Urdu

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Igbo

0.5%

Bengali

0.5%

Romanian

0.5%
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Maintenance Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.8%

The Academy

9.0%

Texas A&M University

7.6%

A-Technical College

6.1%

More Tech Institute

5.5%

Ferris State University

5.3%

Purdue University

5.1%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

University of Cincinnati

4.2%

Lamar University

3.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.6%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.4%

Triton College

3.4%

Apex Technical School

3.3%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.3%

Lincoln Technical Institute

3.1%

Community College of the Air Force

3.1%

University of Houston

3.1%

Wayne State University

3.0%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

19.7%

Electrical Engineering

16.6%

Business

10.7%

Heating And Air Conditioning

7.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

6.3%

Engineering

4.8%

Industrial Technology

3.3%

Management

3.0%

Computer Science

3.0%

Automotive Technology

2.8%

General Studies

2.7%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Civil Engineering

1.9%

Education

1.9%

Industrial Engineering

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Chemical Engineering

1.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.6%

Project Management

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.0%

Other

31.5%

Masters

12.0%

Associate

11.0%

Certificate

7.9%

Diploma

4.0%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.6%
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Average Yearly Salary
$55,000
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$34,000
Min 10%
$55,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Mountain View, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Maintenance Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Maintenance Engineer in the United States is $55,773 per year or $27 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $34,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $91,000.

Real Maintenance Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Software Maintenance Engineer EPAM Systems, Inc. Mountain View, CA Dec 14, 2016 $120,349
Lead Software Maintenance Engineer EPAM Systems, Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 18, 2016 $120,349
Maintenance Engineer Gateway Packaging Company LLC Granite City, IL Jul 20, 2013 $112,500
S64E Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Siller Helicopters Inc. Yuba City, CA Nov 04, 2016 $111,342
S64E Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Siller Helicopters Inc. Yuba City, CA Sep 23, 2016 $111,342
Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Sia Engineering (USA) Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 08, 2016 $106,800
Area Maintenance Engineer CDI Corporation Saint Gabriel, LA Nov 04, 2016 $105,894
Maintenance Engineer National Cement Company of California, Inc. Lebec, CA Sep 11, 2016 $105,851
Maintenance Engineer Tier3 Dialogic, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 24, 2015 $102,606
Maintenance Engineer Occidental Petroleum Corporation Tupman, CA Oct 27, 2014 $99,000
S64E Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Siller Helicopters, Inc. Yuba City, CA Oct 01, 2015 $96,720 -
$111,342
Software Maintenance Engineer Red Hat, Inc. Dallas, TX Mar 07, 2014 $81,224 -
$93,590
Equipment Maintenance Engineer Polarsemiconductor, LLC Bloomington, MN Oct 19, 2015 $80,080
Equipment Maintenance Engineer Polar Semiconductor, LLC Bloomington, MN Jul 28, 2014 $80,000
Lead Software Maintenance Engineer EPAM Systems, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 09, 2016 $80,000 -
$110,000
Maintenance Engineer Sys-Con, LLC Montgomery, AL Jan 09, 2016 $80,000
Maintenance Engineer Ternium USA, Inc. Shreveport, LA Aug 28, 2014 $79,524
Maintenance Engineer Logoplaste Plainfield LLC Plainfield, IL Sep 30, 2015 $63,710
Maintenance Engineer Ellwood Rose MacHine, Co. Houston, TX Sep 29, 2013 $63,606 -
$81,806
Maintenance Engineer St. Christopher Church West Covina, CA Feb 28, 2013 $63,257
Maintenance Engineer Logoplaste Plainfield LLC Plainfield, IL Apr 16, 2015 $62,986
Operations & Maintenance Engineer Cintra Us Services, L.L.C. Austin, TX Aug 23, 2015 $62,860
Operations & Maintenance Engineer Cintra Us Services, L.L.C. Austin, TX Aug 23, 2015 $62,720 -
$73,720

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Top Skills for A Maintenance Engineer

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Hvac
  3. Safety Standards
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented Predictive/Preventative Maintenance for terminal continuous operations.
  • Perform maintenance and repairs in specialized areas such as plumbing, electrical, carpentry, HVAC, boiler, pool etc.
  • Performed service/maintenance and upkeep of all Metro Access Vehicles in accordance with organizational safety standards, policies and procedures.
  • Supervised to install new electric motors, boilers, generators, pumps, CNC dyeing machine, whole company HVAC system.
  • Provide carpentry, plumbing and electrical repairs and maintenance at busy behavioral health facility.

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  4. Minnesota
  5. Connecticut
  6. Wisconsin
  7. California
  8. Rhode Island
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