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Working As A Maintenance Instructor

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $46,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance Instructor 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 Instructor

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 Instructor Career Paths

Maintenance Instructor
Training Manager Director Of Training Chief Of Operations
Branch Chief
9 Yearsyrs
Facilities Manager Senior Project Manager Product Management Director
Chief Product Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager District Manager
Division Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Service Manager Operations Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Quality Control Technician Chemist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor General Manager Maintenance Technician
Lead Mechanic
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Terminal Manager Logistics Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Co-Owner Maintenance Supervisor
Operations And Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Operations Manager Assistant Director
Owner/Director
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Instructor Program Coordinator Program Manager
Product Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Security Officer Security Manager
Section Chief
6 Yearsyrs
Flight Chief Aircraft Mechanic Mechanic
Senior Mechanic
6 Yearsyrs
Instructor Specialist Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Lead Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Maintenance Technician Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Maintenance Instructor Demographics

Gender

Male

90.8%

Female

7.7%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

63.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Black or African American

12.4%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

18.2%

French

18.2%

Spanish

18.2%

Bosnian

9.1%

Carrier

9.1%

Urdu

9.1%

Arabic

9.1%

Croatian

9.1%
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Maintenance Instructor Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

25.2%

Central Texas College

9.2%

University of Phoenix

7.6%

Troy University

5.0%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

5.0%

American InterContinental University

5.0%

Excelsior College

4.2%

University of Maryland - University College

4.2%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.4%

American University

3.4%

Grantham University

3.4%

University of Cincinnati

3.4%

The Academy

3.4%

Arizona State University

2.5%

Vincennes University

2.5%

Strayer University

2.5%

Columbia Southern University

2.5%

Colorado Technical University

2.5%

Capella University

2.5%

Ranken Technical College

2.5%
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Majors

Business

22.8%

Aviation

12.0%

Automotive Technology

9.0%

Electrical Engineering

7.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.0%

Project Management

4.9%

Management

4.1%

Criminal Justice

4.1%

General Studies

3.4%

Education

3.4%

Information Technology

3.0%

Communication

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Computer Science

2.2%

Elementary Education

2.2%

Aerospace Engineering

2.2%

Industrial Technology

1.9%

Psychology

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

31.7%

Other

28.5%

Associate

20.5%

Masters

11.4%

Certificate

5.4%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Maintenance Instructor

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Training Programs
  3. Classroom Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed, implemented, and administered plan preventative maintenance program.
  • Coordinate and supervise the development and implementation of ground weapons training programs to ensure professional development of the personnel.
  • Authored numerous lesson plans and localized regulations involving criteria for weapons qualifications and procedures for issuing and securing weapons.
  • Conducted maintenance training for military and civilian personnel.
  • Demonstrate high-level expertise and logistical leadership in integrating and implementing Combat Service Support Automated Information System Interface (CAISI) systems.

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