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Working As A Maintenance Engineer Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $45,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance Engineer Technician 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 Technician

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 Technician Career Paths

Maintenance Engineer Technician
Maintenance Engineer Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Engineer Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Engineer Engineer Owner
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Electrician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Foreman Superintendent
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Computer Technician Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Maintenance Supervisor Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Field Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Team Leader Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Owner Maintenance Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Journeyman Electrician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Maintenance Technician Supervisor Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Technician Maintenance Technician Shop Foreman
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Technician Shop Foreman Senior Mechanic
Senior Maintenance Mechanic
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Maintenance Engineer Technician
Technician 6.5%
Owner 3.8%
Mechanic 3.2%
Supervisor 2.7%
Specialist 2.4%
Welder 2.4%
Machinist 2.2%
Engineer 2.2%
Top Careers After Maintenance Engineer Technician
Technician 6.2%
Owner 3.1%
Supervisor 2.2%
Engineer 2.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$45,000
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$30,000
Min 10%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$66,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Gray Television
Highest Paying City
Lemoore, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
4.5 years
How much does a Maintenance Engineer Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Maintenance Engineer Technician in the United States is $45,100 per year or $22 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $30,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $66,000.

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Top Skills for A Maintenance Engineer Technician

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Electrical Repairs
  3. Hvac
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed preventative maintenance and inspections of facility operating systems, panels and equipment, assuring readiness in support of customer needs.
  • Provided baseline requirements of HVAC Preventative/Predicative Maintenance for Management and direct Technical Support for Maintenance Groups in Lake County Facilities.
  • Developed and implemented predictive maintenance procedures for the above listed equipment including vibration and thermal imaging technologies.
  • Diagnosed malfunctions in production machinery, utilizing extensive mechanical and electrical knowledge.
  • Provide in-person technical support to Manufacturing so that product manufacturing and distribution schedules are met.

Maintenance Engineer Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

83.3%

Unknown

11.0%

Female

5.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.9%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.3%

Arabic

16.7%

Carrier

16.7%

French

8.3%
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Maintenance Engineer Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.3%

Community College of the Air Force

8.9%

The Academy

7.1%

Central State University

5.4%

A-Technical College

5.4%

Rogue Community College

5.4%

Seattle University

5.4%

El Paso Community College

5.4%

Refrigeration School Inc

3.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

ITT Technical Institute-Phoenix

3.6%

Ohio University -

3.6%

Eastern Mennonite University

3.6%

Central Texas College

3.6%

University of Washington

3.6%

Brevard Community College

3.6%

Old Dominion University

3.6%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.6%

Pierce College at Puyallup

3.6%

Excelsior College

3.6%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

20.1%

Business

14.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

10.2%

Mechanical Engineering

7.4%

Heating And Air Conditioning

5.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.8%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.0%

Industrial Technology

3.7%

Computer Science

3.7%

Automotive Technology

3.7%

Aviation

3.1%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Project Management

2.5%

Engineering

2.5%

Communication

2.3%

Education

2.0%

Criminal Justice

2.0%

Drafting And Design

1.7%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

1.4%

Management

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

31.3%

Bachelors

26.6%

Associate

23.0%

Certificate

10.1%

Masters

5.5%

Diploma

2.7%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.4%
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