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Working As A Maintenance Mechanic/Electrician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
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  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $43,808

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance Mechanic/Electrician 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 Mechanic/Electrician

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 Mechanic/Electrician Career Paths

Maintenance Mechanic/Electrician
Technician Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
12 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Person Maintenance Lead Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Technician Delivery Driver Electrician
Electrical Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Engineer Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Operations Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Facilities Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager General Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Person Chief Engineer Regional Facilities Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Plant Electrician Maintenance Manager
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Industrial Electrician Maintenance Electrician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager General Manager Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Industrial Electrician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Plant Electrician Maintenance Supervisor Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Engineer Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Electrician 21.1%
Mechanic 3.7%
Owner 2.2%
Technician 1.9%
Top Employers After
Electrician 17.7%
Mechanic 3.1%
Technician 2.2%
Millwright 1.5%

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Maintenance Mechanic/Electrician Demographics

Gender

Male

96.0%

Female

2.5%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

64.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

2.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

68.8%

Portuguese

6.3%

Romanian

6.3%

Japanese

6.3%

French

6.3%

Tagalog

6.3%
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Maintenance Mechanic/Electrician Education

Schools

Virginia Highlands Community College

9.4%

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

7.5%

Fox Valley Technical College

7.5%

Long Beach City College

5.7%

Ashworth College

5.7%

Portland Community College

5.7%

Pennsylvania College of Technology

5.7%

Illinois Valley Community College

5.7%

Orleans Technical Institute

5.7%

Chaffey College

3.8%

ITT Technical Institute-San Bernardino

3.8%

Merced College

3.8%

Triangle Tech Inc-Erie

3.8%

Center for Employment Training - San Diego

3.8%

Moraine Valley Community College

3.8%

Ranken Technical College

3.8%

University of Pennsylvania

3.8%

Delta College

3.8%

Triangle Tech Inc - Sunbury

3.8%

ITT Technical Institute-Fort Wayne

3.8%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering Technology

27.4%

Electrical Engineering

15.7%

Industrial Technology

13.4%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

7.0%

Heating And Air Conditioning

4.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.0%

Business

3.3%

General Studies

3.0%

Precision Metal Working

2.3%

Automotive Technology

2.3%

Engineering

2.3%

Management

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

2.0%

Mechatronics And Robotics

2.0%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

2.0%

Computer Programming

1.3%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

1.3%

Graphic Design

1.3%

Education

1.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.0%
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Degrees

Other

50.9%

Associate

20.5%

Certificate

11.5%

Bachelors

7.6%

Diploma

6.3%

Masters

1.8%

License

1.0%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Maintenance Mechanic/Electrician

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  1. PLC
  2. Engine Repair
  3. New Machinery
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Repaired all PLC controlled plastic processing equipment.
  • Installed, relocated and repaired old and new machinery electrically, hydraulically, and pneumatically.
  • Conduct detailed inspection of plant and quarry equipment as part of preventative maintenance to ensure continuous equipment availability.
  • Support plant infrastructure to include electrical, plumbing, boilers, air compressors and hot and cold water systems.
  • Planned and implemented alterations to ensure safety, to improve operator ergonomics, and to increase machine productivity.

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