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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
  • $70,915

    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
Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Facilities Manager Operations Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Assistant Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Chief Engineer Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Production Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Program Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer General Manager Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Engineer Project Engineer
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Building Engineer 4.1 years
Shift Engineer 3.7 years
Maintenance Person 2.8 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 6.7%
Owner 4.0%
Supervisor 3.8%
Technician 3.8%
Mechanic 3.7%
Internship 2.9%
Carpenter 2.7%
Manager 2.6%
Top Employers After
Engineer 6.9%
Owner 3.6%
Manager 2.9%
Technician 2.9%
Supervisor 2.8%

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Maintenance Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

91.0%

Female

6.7%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

71.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Asian

9.5%

Unknown

3.9%

Black or African American

1.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.8%

Arabic

10.5%

French

6.6%

Carrier

5.2%

Hindi

3.8%

Chinese

3.1%

Russian

2.8%

German

2.4%

Mandarin

2.1%

Italian

1.7%

Portuguese

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Korean

1.0%

Tagalog

1.0%

Urdu

1.0%

Igbo

0.7%

Bengali

0.7%

Croatian

0.7%

Swahili

0.3%

Hausa

0.3%
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Maintenance Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.8%

Ferris State University

7.4%

Purdue University

6.6%

Texas A&M University

6.3%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

5.5%

Pennsylvania State University

5.5%

A-Technical College

5.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.9%

The Academy

4.6%

Lamar University

4.6%

University of Cincinnati

4.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.1%

More Tech Institute

4.1%

Auburn University

3.6%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.6%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.3%

Saint Louis University-

3.3%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.3%

Community College of the Air Force

3.3%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

21.2%

Electrical Engineering

17.7%

Business

10.4%

Heating And Air Conditioning

6.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

5.0%

Engineering

4.5%

Industrial Technology

3.7%

Management

3.2%

Automotive Technology

3.1%

Computer Science

3.1%

General Studies

2.1%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Education

1.9%

Civil Engineering

1.9%

Industrial Engineering

1.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Chemical Engineering

1.5%

Project Management

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.1%

Other

31.0%

Masters

13.2%

Associate

10.5%

Certificate

7.1%

Diploma

3.5%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.6%
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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 Sep 23, 2016 $111,342
S64E Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Siller Helicopters Inc. Yuba City, CA Nov 04, 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
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
Equipment Maintenance Engineer Polar Semiconductor, LLC Bloomington, MN Jul 28, 2014 $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

HvacSafetyFacilityMaintenanceProceduresBoilersRoutineMaintenanceEmergencyDrywallRepairTroubleShootingPLCGeneralMaintenanceAirCompressorsReliabilityBuildingMaintenancePreventiveMaintenanceProgramSparePartsCustomerServiceGuestRoomsSuperviseMaintenanceActivities

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  1. Hvac
  2. Safety
  3. Facility
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operated and maintained Power distribution systems, Drinking water distribution systems, HVAC systems and wastewater disposal systems in the U.S.
  • Communicated effective safety measures to maintenance staff resulting in no injuries under supervision.
  • Managed the day-to-day maintenance of a large manufacturing facility.
  • Developed complex preventive and corrective maintenance procedures, resulting in more efficiency by decreasing equipment downtime.
  • Charted daily inspections and pressure readings of heat pumps, boilers, fire sprinkler systems, and natural gas lines.

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