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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
  • $43,808

    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
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Assistant Maintenance Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Maintenance Technician Building Maintenance Technician
Building Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Facilities Manager Project Coordinator Assistant Project Manager
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
12 Yearsyrs
Facilities Maintenance Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Director Fleet Manager Project Manager
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Facilities Maintenance Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Operations Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager General Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Construction Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager General Manager Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Facilities Manager Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Service Manager General Manager Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner/Operator Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Engineering Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Director Operations Director Owner
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Technician 4.6%
Owner 3.6%
Mechanic 2.7%
Supervisor 2.2%
Welder 2.2%
Top Employers After
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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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

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  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Hvac
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operated a complete remodeling and air conditioning / heating company that also included both residential and commercial property preventative maintenance.
  • Complied with all applicable standards, policies and procedures, including safety procedures and the maintenance of a clean work area.
  • Hired at AMP Inc. as a HVAC mechanic for the facilities in the York County area, Facilities Services Division.
  • Provided facility maintenance and extensive knowledge of the operation and repair of all machinery.
  • Worked closely with process engineering making numerous equipment modifications and PLC program changes to improve process quality and efficiency.

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