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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
  • $43,808

    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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Maintenance Lead Person Career Paths

Maintenance Lead Person
Chief Engineer Property Manager General Contractor
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
12 Yearsyrs
Facilities Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Technician Maintenance Supervisor Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Analyst Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Facilities Manager Operations Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Technician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager General Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Facilities Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Driver Dispatcher
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Property Manager
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager General Manager Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Plumber Electrician Industrial Electrician
Plant Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Quality Control Supervisor
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Director Service Director Director Of Food And Beverage
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Hvac Technician Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lead Person 4.8 years
Maintenance Person 2.8 years
Top Employers Before
Mechanic 4.3%
Owner 3.7%
Welder 3.7%
Supervisor 3.4%
Carpenter 3.1%
Technician 3.1%
Manager 2.5%
Top Employers After
Owner 3.4%
Technician 3.1%
Supervisor 3.0%
Mechanic 2.8%
Manager 2.0%

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Maintenance Lead Person Demographics

Gender

Male

93.1%

Female

6.1%

Unknown

0.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.2%

Hispanic or Latino

17.8%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

85.7%

Carrier

8.6%

Cherokee

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%
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Maintenance Lead Person Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.5%

Community College of the Air Force

12.9%

Ferris State University

8.1%

Vincennes University

4.8%

University of Alabama

4.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.0%

Universal Technical Institute

4.0%

Salt Lake Community College

4.0%

Moraine Park Technical College

4.0%

Pima Community College

4.0%

Austin Community College

4.0%

More Tech Institute

4.0%

North Central Institute

4.0%

Colorado Technical University

4.0%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

3.2%

Columbia Southern University

3.2%

Ashford University

3.2%

Boise State University

3.2%

Kirkwood Community College

3.2%

Delgado Community College

3.2%
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Majors

Business

16.8%

Electrical Engineering

9.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

9.8%

Industrial Technology

9.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

7.7%

General Studies

6.0%

Automotive Technology

5.8%

Mechanical Engineering

4.3%

Criminal Justice

4.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.9%

Management

3.7%

Precision Metal Working

3.4%

Computer Science

2.4%

Education

2.4%

Aviation

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Engineering

1.7%

Drafting And Design

1.6%

Graphic Design

1.6%

Psychology

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

46.2%

Associate

19.2%

Bachelors

16.5%

Certificate

9.9%

Masters

4.1%

Diploma

3.4%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Maintenance Lead Person

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  1. Safety
  2. Maintenance Department
  3. Preventative Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Support production and facility by maintaining working order and safety of physical building and machinery.
  • Steered off shift maintenance personnel, identified challenges and demonstrated leadership across multiple functions within Maintenance Department.
  • Worked on Pneumatic, Hydraulic, and Electrical equipment and ensured all Preventative Maintenance was appropriately handled.
  • General maintenance and troubleshooting of all facility equipment.
  • Water heater replacement, Electrical, plumbing, painting, HVAC installation and repair, cabinet refurbishing, tile and concrete.

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