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Working As A Maintenance Officer

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $33,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance Officer 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 Officer

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 Officer Career Paths

Maintenance Officer
Logistics Officer Company Commander Platoon Leader
Operations Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Logistics Officer Officer Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Logistics Officer Officer Supervisor
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Officer Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Company Commander Training Officer Team Leader
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Company Commander Intelligence Officer Program Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Officer Quality Assurance Manager Owner
Maintenance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Officer Quality Assurance Manager Operations Director
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Officer Quality Assurance Manager Owner/Operator
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Captain Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Captain Technician Aircraft Mechanic
Lead Mechanic
6 Yearsyrs
Captain Engineer Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Training Officer Team Leader Maintenance Supervisor
Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Training Officer Technician Electrician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Sergeant Field Service Technician Maintenance Manager
Operations And Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Sergeant Electronics Technician Electrician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Sergeant Field Service Technician Crew Chief
Maintenance Controller
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Officer Facilities Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Officer Electrician Maintenance Electrician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Safety Officer Platoon Sergeant Airport Maintenance Chief
Chief Maintenance Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
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Top Skills for A Maintenance Officer

  1. Maintenance Personnel
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. Logistics
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Act as liaison between military maintenance personnel and civilian contracted maintenance activities.
  • Directed all shipboard preventative maintenance and administered the maintenance support infrastructure, provided oversight and management to 170 work centers.
  • Provided oversight and technical expertise to staff directorates on all aspects of logistics regulatory compliance to alleviate degradation to organizational success.
  • Ensured compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Environmental Protection Agency requirements.
  • Advised subordinates units on aircraft maintenance procedures, shop operations, production control, quality control and publications management.

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The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 2,629 Maintenance Officer resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Maintenance Officer Demographics

Gender

Male

78.9%

Female

11.2%

Unknown

9.9%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

13.3%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.0%

German

9.1%

French

7.8%

Japanese

5.2%

Carrier

5.2%

Urdu

3.9%

Hindi

3.9%

Korean

3.9%

Italian

3.9%

Turkish

2.6%

Greek

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Swedish

1.3%

Danish

1.3%

Icelandic

1.3%

Chinese

1.3%

Dakota

1.3%

Cherokee

1.3%

Russian

1.3%

Mandarin

1.3%
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Maintenance Officer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.5%

Webster University

9.9%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

8.6%

Excelsior College

6.8%

Naval Postgraduate School

6.5%

Central Texas College

5.9%

University of Maryland - University College

5.7%

American University

4.6%

Troy University

4.4%

Michigan State University

4.4%

U.S. Army Logistics University

4.4%

Defense Acquisition University

4.0%

United States Military Academy

3.4%

Trident University International

3.2%

Grantham University

3.2%

United States Naval Academy

3.2%

Ashford University

3.0%

The Academy

2.7%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.7%

Liberty University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

26.9%

Management

9.1%

Supply Chain Management

7.6%

Aviation

7.1%

Aerospace Engineering

4.5%

General Studies

4.2%

Criminal Justice

4.2%

Electrical Engineering

3.8%

Human Resources Management

3.8%

Political Science

3.5%

Project Management

3.2%

History

2.9%

International Relations

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering

2.6%

Education

2.5%

Psychology

2.5%

Computer Science

2.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.4%

Masters

32.9%

Other

17.2%

Associate

6.4%

Certificate

3.6%

Doctorate

1.7%

Diploma

1.5%

License

0.3%
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