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Working As A Maintenance Person

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $36,630

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance Person 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 Person

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 Person Career Paths

Maintenance Person
Technician Service Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Welder Technician Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Field Engineer Assistant Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Driver Instructor Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Welder Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Equipment Operator Electrician
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Carpenter Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Correction Officer Foreman
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Carpenter Operations Manager Realtor
Property Management Specialist
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Lead Warehouse Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Utility Person 3.6 years
Maintenance Person 3.0 years
Handy Person 3.0 years
Maintenance Worker 2.3 years
Maintenance Helper 1.9 years
Maintenance Aide 1.7 years
Top Employers Before
Cook 7.0%
Cashier 6.1%
Supervisor 4.6%
Mechanic 4.6%
Carpenter 4.2%
Janitor 4.0%
Welder 3.7%
Driver 3.7%
Top Employers After
Technician 5.3%
Driver 5.1%
Cook 5.0%
Supervisor 4.8%
Welder 4.4%

Maintenance Person Demographics

Gender

Male

91.7%

Female

7.1%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

81.4%

Hispanic or Latino

10.2%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

68.0%

Chinese

4.0%

German

4.0%

French

4.0%

Hindi

4.0%

Tagalog

4.0%

Arabic

4.0%

Navajo

4.0%

Korean

4.0%
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Maintenance Person Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.0%

Ferris State University

7.3%

New Castle School of Trades

6.1%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

6.1%

Everett Community College

6.1%

Sinclair Community College

6.1%

Lakeshore Technical College

4.9%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

4.9%

The Academy

4.9%

More Tech Institute

4.9%

Kaplan University

4.9%

Wake Technical Community College

3.7%

Tri-County Technical College

3.7%

Hutchinson Community College

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.7%

Pima Community College

3.7%

Utah Valley University

3.7%

Kirkwood Community College

3.7%

University of Iowa

3.7%

San Diego City College

3.7%
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Majors

Business

17.9%

Criminal Justice

7.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

7.2%

Industrial Technology

6.7%

Automotive Technology

6.0%

Precision Metal Working

5.8%

Computer Science

5.1%

General Studies

5.1%

Heating And Air Conditioning

4.7%

Electrical Engineering

4.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.8%

Education

3.6%

Graphic Design

3.4%

Liberal Arts

3.1%

Psychology

3.1%

English

2.9%

Accounting

2.7%

Biology

2.5%

Mechanical Engineering

2.5%

History

2.5%
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Degrees

Other

46.0%

Bachelors

21.0%

Associate

14.6%

Certificate

10.3%

Diploma

3.6%

Masters

3.4%

License

0.9%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Maintenance Person

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Top Maintenance Person Skills

  1. Safe Operation
  2. Machinery
  3. Windows
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Inspect vehicles and equipment daily to ensure safe operation.
  • Install or replace machinery, equipment, and new or replacement parts and instruments, using hand or power tools.
  • Paint or repair roofs, windows, doors, floors, plaster, drywall, or other parts of building structures.
  • Organized, prioritized and managed plant maintenance projects to keep facility safe, efficient and clean.
  • Performed general maintenance and repair duties throughout this nursing home / retirement home facility.

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