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Working As A Maintenance Foreman

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $40,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance Foreman 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 Foreman

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 Foreman Career Paths

Maintenance Foreman
Maintenance Supervisor Supervisor Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Supervisor Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Owner/Operator Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Manager Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Operations Manager Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Operations Manager Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Owner Facilities Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Owner President/Owner Superintendent
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator Facilities Manager Chief Engineer
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Team Leader Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Superintendent Superintendent Construction Superintendent
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Superintendent Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Superintendent Engineering/Maintenance Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Department Manager Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Crew Leader Lead Person Lead Mechanic
Mechanics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Mechanic Maintenance Lead Technician
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Mechanic Maintenance Lead Technician Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Building Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Mechanical Foreman 5.0 years
Shop Foreman 4.9 years
Foreman 4.7 years
Top Careers Before Maintenance Foreman
Foreman 11.2%
Mechanic 8.7%
Owner 4.4%
Welder 4.4%
Technician 3.8%
Carpenter 3.5%
Supervisor 3.2%
Operator 2.9%
Top Careers After Maintenance Foreman
Foreman 8.8%
Owner 5.2%
Supervisor 3.3%
Manager 3.1%
Driver 3.1%
Mechanic 2.9%
Technician 2.5%

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Maintenance Foreman Demographics

Gender

Male

88.7%

Unknown

7.4%

Female

3.9%
Ethnicity

White

66.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

5.5%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

65.2%

German

8.7%

Carrier

8.7%

Portuguese

4.3%

Finnish

4.3%

Japanese

4.3%

Dakota

4.3%
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Maintenance Foreman Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.7%

The Academy

7.2%

Community College of the Air Force

7.2%

Central Texas College

5.4%

West Virginia University Institute of Technology

4.8%

Vincennes University

4.8%

Auburn University

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

West Virginia University

4.8%

Bluefield State College

4.8%

College of DuPage

4.2%

Pima Community College

4.2%

Nashville Auto Diesel College Inc

3.6%

University of Pennsylvania

3.6%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.6%

University of Kentucky

3.6%

Pennsylvania College of Technology

3.6%

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

3.0%

Columbia Southern University

3.0%

Ashford University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

19.2%

Electrical Engineering

9.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

7.4%

General Studies

6.5%

Automotive Technology

6.5%

Mechanical Engineering

6.0%

Management

5.5%

Industrial Technology

4.5%

Precision Metal Working

4.4%

Criminal Justice

3.7%

Applied Horticulture

3.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.6%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.6%

Plant Sciences

3.1%

Aviation

2.7%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

2.5%

Education

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Civil Engineering

1.8%

Construction Management

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

42.9%

Bachelors

22.4%

Associate

17.3%

Certificate

8.7%

Masters

4.6%

Diploma

3.1%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$40,000
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$27,000
Min 10%
$40,000
Median 50%
$40,000
Median 50%
$40,000
Median 50%
$40,000
Median 50%
$40,000
Median 50%
$40,000
Median 50%
$40,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Endeavor Energy Resources
Highest Paying City
South San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
4.7 years
How much does a Maintenance Foreman make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Maintenance Foreman in the United States is $40,171 per year or $19 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $27,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $59,000.

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Top Skills for A Maintenance Foreman

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Safety Meetings
  3. Customer Vehicles
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Schedule Service order work tasks through Maintenance and Preventative Maintenance Direct web based school preventative maintenance management software.
  • Conducted daily safety meetings to ensure drivers observed and followed all company safety rules and procedures/regulations while conducting missions.
  • Provide On-Call maintenance support to operations department for equipment failures during unplanned outages of all facility systems.
  • Maintained eighteen computerized HVAC units.
  • Performed mechanical repairs and maintenance on city vehicles and heavy equipment.

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