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Working As A Maintenance Lead Person

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $43,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance Lead Person 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 Lead Person

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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Average Length of Employment
Maintenance Person 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Maintenance Lead Person
Mechanic 4.2%
Owner 4.0%
Technician 3.5%
Supervisor 3.4%
Welder 3.2%
Carpenter 2.5%
Manager 2.2%
Cashier 2.2%
Top Careers After Maintenance Lead Person
Owner 3.7%
Supervisor 3.1%
Technician 2.8%
Mechanic 2.5%
Manager 2.1%
Driver 1.9%

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Maintenance Lead Person Demographics

Gender

Male

86.6%

Unknown

7.9%

Female

5.5%
Ethnicity

White

61.8%

Hispanic or Latino

17.9%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

89.1%

Carrier

6.5%

Cherokee

2.2%

Chinese

2.2%
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Maintenance Lead Person Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.1%

Community College of the Air Force

8.8%

The Academy

7.3%

Ferris State University

5.9%

Everest Institute

4.4%

Vincennes University

4.4%

A-Technical College

4.4%

Kaplan University

4.4%

Universal Technical Institute

4.4%

Oklahoma State University

4.4%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

3.9%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.9%

Austin Community College

3.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.4%

Macomb Community College

3.4%

Augusta Technical College

3.4%

University of Kansas

3.4%

Houston Community College

3.4%

Salt Lake Community College

3.4%

More Tech Institute

3.4%
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Majors

Business

17.3%

Electrical Engineering

9.2%

Industrial Technology

9.0%

Heating And Air Conditioning

9.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

8.9%

General Studies

5.6%

Automotive Technology

5.3%

Mechanical Engineering

4.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.5%

Precision Metal Working

3.9%

Criminal Justice

3.6%

Management

3.2%

Computer Science

2.9%

Education

2.5%

Aviation

2.3%

Engineering

1.9%

Graphic Design

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Drafting And Design

1.5%

Computer Information Systems

1.3%
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Degrees

Other

45.6%

Associate

18.4%

Bachelors

16.5%

Certificate

10.8%

Masters

4.2%

Diploma

3.4%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$43,000
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$29,000
Min 10%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Broken Hill Proprietary
Highest Paying City
Encinitas, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
4.4 years
How much does a Maintenance Lead Person make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Maintenance Lead Person in the United States is $43,203 per year or $21 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $29,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $62,000.

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Top Skills for A Maintenance Lead Person

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Hvac
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Participated in the development and implementation of programs dedicated to preventative maintenance and control of inventoried service parts.
  • Maintain a disciplined operation including enforcement of standard maintenance and operating practices and safety procedures at the maintenance crew level.
  • Water heater replacement, Electrical, plumbing, painting, HVAC installation and repair, cabinet refurbishing, tile and concrete.
  • Support production and facility by maintaining working order and safety of physical building and machinery.
  • Maintained and repaired air compressors both rotary screw and reciprocating piston driven, boilers, air conditioning units, electrical components.

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