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Working As A Maintenance Person

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
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  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $30,000

    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
Maintenance Technician Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Electrician Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Field Service Technician Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Technician Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Coordinator Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Superintendent
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Worker Self-Employed Maintenance Supervisor
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Worker Service Technician Hvac Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Worker Maintenance Engineer Hvac Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Carpenter Estimator Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Carpenter Journeyman Facilities Manager
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Building Engineer Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Carpenter Journeyman Maintenance Electrician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Maintenance Person 3.0 years
Maintenance Worker 2.4 years
Maintenance Helper 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Maintenance Person
Cashier 8.5%
Cook 7.1%
Supervisor 4.4%
Driver 4.3%
Carpenter 4.2%
Mechanic 4.0%
Custodian 3.6%
Owner 3.6%
Top Careers After Maintenance Person
Driver 6.5%
Cashier 6.0%
Cook 5.5%
Technician 4.7%
Supervisor 4.1%
Carpenter 3.6%
Welder 3.6%

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Maintenance Person Demographics

Gender

Male

83.2%

Unknown

10.3%

Female

6.5%
Ethnicity

White

63.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

74.4%

French

4.7%

Portuguese

2.3%

Chinese

2.3%

German

2.3%

Hindi

2.3%

Tagalog

2.3%

Hmong

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%

Navajo

2.3%

Korean

2.3%
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Maintenance Person Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.0%

The Academy

13.6%

Universal Technical Institute

5.4%

More Tech Institute

5.4%

Houston Community College

4.8%

Ferris State University

4.1%

Fox Valley Technical College

4.1%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.1%

Everett Community College

4.1%

Cuyahoga Community College

4.1%

Kaplan University

4.1%

Tidewater Community College

4.1%

Wake Technical Community College

3.4%

New Castle School of Trades

3.4%

Joliet Junior College

3.4%

San Diego City College

3.4%

Portland Community College

3.4%

Western Washington University

3.4%

Sinclair Community College

3.4%

Liberty University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

16.9%

General Studies

7.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

7.5%

Automotive Technology

6.2%

Industrial Technology

6.0%

Heating And Air Conditioning

5.6%

Precision Metal Working

5.4%

Criminal Justice

5.2%

Computer Science

5.0%

Electrical Engineering

4.9%

Education

4.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.9%

Graphic Design

3.3%

Psychology

3.2%

English

2.8%

Accounting

2.6%

Management

2.4%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

48.0%

Bachelors

18.6%

Associate

14.8%

Certificate

10.8%

Diploma

4.8%

Masters

2.0%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$30,000
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$20,000
Min 10%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
$45,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Tropicana Entertainment
Highest Paying City
Methuen Town, MA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Maintenance Person make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Maintenance Person in the United States is $30,131 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $20,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $45,000.

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Top Skills for A Maintenance Person

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Clean Bathrooms
  3. Drywall Repair
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed all repairs of industrial equipment including troubleshooting, preventative maintenance, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and fabrication.
  • Helped clean bathrooms and repair broken sink and tub faucets -Raked leaves and cleaned parking lots of dirt and debris
  • Repair heat and ac units, fix pluming issues and drywall repair.
  • Maintained clean/safe environment, including kitchen, bathrooms, exterior, parking lot and sidewalk.
  • Provided general cleaning and janitorial work throughout facility including reception and lobby area, and public restrooms.

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