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Working As A Maintenance Mechanic/Electrician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $48,000

    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
Maintenance Supervisor Supervisor Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Supervisor Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Operations Manager Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Manager Facilities Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Operations Manager Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Owner
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Owner Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Industrial Electrician Electrical Foreman
Electrical Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Industrial Electrician Owner Maintenance Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Industrial Electrician Foreman Shop Foreman
Senior Mechanic
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Maintenance Electrician Owner/Operator Estimator Project Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator Construction Manager Quality Control Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Person Production Supervisor Planting Supervisor
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Supervisor Production/Maintenance Supervisor Lead Mechanic
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Technician Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Technician Service Technician Lead Lead Mechanic
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Millwright Electrician Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Manager Of Maintenance Technology
7 Yearsyrs
Millwright Generator Mechanic Senior Mechanic
Senior Maintenance Mechanic
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Maintenance Mechanic/Electrician
Electrician 21.8%
Mechanic 3.4%
Owner 2.6%
Technician 2.1%
Top Careers After Maintenance Mechanic/Electrician
Electrician 17.3%
Mechanic 2.7%
Technician 2.6%
Owner 1.5%

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Top Skills for A Maintenance Mechanic/Electrician

  1. Electrical Systems
  2. PLC
  3. New Machinery
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Installed and repaired electrical systems, apparatuses and electrical and electronic components of industrial machinery and equipment.
  • Installed PPE and control circuits on equipment using relay logic and PLC switching.
  • Installed, relocated and repaired old and new machinery electrically, hydraulically, and pneumatically.
  • Work with outside contractors to install and repair equipment, when needed.
  • Use diagrams, sketches, operation manuals, manufacturer's instructions and engineering specifications to facilitate preventative maintenance.

Maintenance Mechanic/Electrician Demographics

Gender

Male

87.4%

Unknown

10.6%

Female

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

64.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

2.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

73.3%

Portuguese

6.7%

Tagalog

6.7%

Japanese

6.7%

French

6.7%
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Maintenance Mechanic/Electrician Education

Schools

Ranken Technical College

8.9%

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

8.9%

A-Technical College

6.3%

Virginia Highlands Community College

6.3%

Fox Valley Technical College

6.3%

Orleans Technical Institute

6.3%

The Academy

6.3%

Long Beach City College

5.1%

Pennsylvania College of Technology

5.1%

IVY TECH STATE COLLEGE - KOKOMO - Health Sciences

5.1%

Triangle Tech Inc - Sunbury

3.8%

Ashworth College

3.8%

Delaware Technical and Community College

3.8%

Pasadena City College

3.8%

Joliet Junior College

3.8%

William Rainey Harper College

3.8%

Portland Community College

3.8%

Illinois Valley Community College

3.8%

ITT Technical Institute-San Bernardino

2.5%

Texas A&M University

2.5%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering Technology

27.2%

Electrical Engineering

16.2%

Industrial Technology

11.4%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

7.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.1%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.9%

Business

3.5%

Automotive Technology

3.3%

General Studies

2.9%

Mechanical Engineering

2.7%

Precision Metal Working

2.5%

Education

2.1%

Engineering

2.1%

Management

1.9%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.7%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

1.7%

Computer Science

1.5%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

1.2%

Aviation

1.2%

Drafting And Design

1.0%
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Degrees

Other

48.6%

Associate

22.3%

Certificate

12.9%

Bachelors

7.0%

Diploma

6.0%

Masters

2.0%

License

1.0%

Doctorate

0.2%
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