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Working As A Maintenance Internship

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $61,472

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance Internship 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 Internship

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 Internship Career Paths

Maintenance Internship
Maintenance Engineer Field Engineer Assistant Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Crew Member General Manager Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
12 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Plant Engineer
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Operations Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Crew Member Technician Maintenance Technician
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Worker Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Aircraft Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Engineer Maintenance Supervisor Field Technician
Field Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Worker Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Technician Foreman
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Aircraft Maintenance Technician Section Chief Supply Sergeant
Property Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Maintenance Person 2.8 years
Maintenance Worker 2.3 years
Maintenance Helper 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Maintenance Internship
Internship 23.7%
Volunteer 6.0%
Cashier 4.6%
Cook 2.8%
Assistant 2.8%
Farm Hand 2.6%
Server 2.3%
Top Careers After Maintenance Internship
Internship 17.1%
Technician 4.1%
Cashier 3.8%
Server 2.6%
Volunteer 2.6%

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Maintenance Internship Demographics

Gender

Male

79.2%

Female

17.4%

Unknown

3.5%
Ethnicity

White

58.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

10.5%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.5%

French

9.1%

Chinese

5.1%

German

5.1%

Mandarin

5.1%

Arabic

5.1%

Portuguese

3.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Italian

2.0%

Swedish

1.0%

Indonesian

1.0%

Filipino

1.0%

Hebrew

1.0%

Malay

1.0%

Russian

1.0%

Carrier

1.0%

Hindi

1.0%

Tagalog

1.0%

Croatian

1.0%
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Maintenance Internship Education

Schools

Purdue University

10.0%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

5.9%

Vincennes University

5.9%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

Kirkwood Community College

5.3%

Iowa State University

5.3%

Western Michigan University

5.3%

Mississippi State University

5.3%

Arizona State University

4.7%

Texas A&M University

4.7%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

4.7%

Northeastern University

4.7%

Kansas State University

4.1%

West Virginia University

4.1%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

4.1%

Louisiana Tech University

4.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.1%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

3.5%

Michigan State University

3.5%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

29.8%

Business

10.9%

Electrical Engineering

8.5%

Industrial Technology

7.0%

Industrial Engineering

4.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.9%

Mechatronics And Robotics

3.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.6%

Computer Science

3.3%

Automotive Technology

3.3%

Environmental Science

2.5%

Computer Engineering

2.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.3%

Aviation

2.2%

Management

2.2%

Civil Engineering

2.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.1%

Engineering

2.1%

Kinesiology

1.9%

Criminal Justice

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.5%

Other

15.8%

Masters

15.5%

Associate

12.9%

Certificate

4.8%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Maintenance Internship

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Repair Parts
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform scheduled preventative Maintenance tasks as assigned by management; Demolish and removal of old equipment.
  • Set up and operate metal working tools such as lathe, drill press, or grinder to make repair parts.
  • Maintained inside/outside facility and trails - Escorted employees to and from Airport - Visited several local environmental developments
  • Inventory, Data Entry Achievements/ Skills Computer:
  • Summer internship learning architectural drafting using FastCad-went back to college in August.

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