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Working As A Maintenance Lead Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $78,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance Lead Technician 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 Technician

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 Technician Career Paths

Maintenance Lead Technician
Service Manager Specialist Maintenance Technician
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Plant Manager General Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Property Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Supervisor Project Manager Senior Manager
Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Service Manager General Manager Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Director Facilities Manager Director Of Facilities
Director, Facilities & Operations
6 Yearsyrs
Facilities Manager Estimator Project Manager Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer Facility Engineer
Facilities/Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Facilities Manager Realtor Appraiser
Franchise Owner
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Electronics Technician Laboratory Technician
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Service Technician Mechanical Technician
Mechanics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Construction Manager Quality Control Manager
Plant Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Maintenance Technician Facilities Technician
Senior Facility Technician
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Service Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Person Maintenance Supervisor
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Person Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Maintenance Lead Technician
Technician 4.6%
Owner 3.6%
Mechanic 2.7%
Supervisor 2.2%
Welder 2.2%
Top Careers After Maintenance Lead Technician
Technician 3.7%
Owner 2.8%
Supervisor 1.8%
Mechanic 1.7%

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Maintenance Lead Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

94.4%

Female

4.3%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

63.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.5%

Carrier

10.0%

French

7.5%

German

5.0%

Vietnamese

2.5%

Chinese

2.5%

Turkish

2.5%

Uzbek

2.5%

Greek

2.5%

Ukrainian

2.5%

Dutch

2.5%

Russian

2.5%

Thai

2.5%

Italian

2.5%
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Maintenance Lead Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.2%

Community College of the Air Force

11.3%

Ferris State University

8.2%

Universal Technical Institute

6.3%

Hinds Community College

5.7%

Ashford University

5.0%

IVY TECH STATE COLLEGE - KOKOMO - Health Sciences

4.4%

Greenville Technical College

4.4%

Vincennes University

3.8%

A-Technical College

3.8%

ITT Technical Institute-Nashville

3.8%

Austin Community College

3.8%

Aiken Technical College

3.8%

Iowa State University

3.8%

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

3.1%

Kansas State University

3.1%

Pellissippi State Community College

3.1%

Metropolitan Community College

3.1%

Sinclair Community College

3.1%

Piedmont Technical College

3.1%
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Majors

Business

14.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

13.6%

Electrical Engineering

12.9%

Heating And Air Conditioning

9.5%

Industrial Technology

7.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

6.6%

Automotive Technology

5.4%

General Studies

3.4%

Mechanical Engineering

3.1%

Aviation

2.8%

Computer Science

2.5%

Criminal Justice

2.5%

Engineering

2.5%

Management

2.4%

Education

2.3%

Precision Metal Working

2.2%

Graphic Design

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Engineering Technology

1.4%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

46.0%

Associate

20.3%

Bachelors

14.6%

Certificate

12.0%

Diploma

4.0%

Masters

2.5%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Maintenance Lead Technician

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Hvac
  3. Vacant Units
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Scheduled and supervised all environmental services, general building construction and preventative maintenance needed for the entire facility.
  • Provide direction to employees and contractors engaging in general building maintenance and mechanics on HVAC and other system repair.
  • Fixed HVAC units, kept pool up to state standards, inspections of vacant units and on move ins.
  • Complied with all applicable standards, policies and procedures, including safety procedures and the maintenance of a clean work area.
  • Perform skilled maintenance and repair on mechanical and electrical equipment within facility.

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