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Working As A Maintenance Repairer

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $42,950

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance Repairer 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 Repairer

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 Repairer Career Paths

Maintenance Repairer
Welder Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Engineer Field Engineer Assistant Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Property Manager Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Engineer Maintenance Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Operations Manager Property Manager
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Electrician Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Lead Mechanic
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Welder Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer General Manager Realtor
Property Management Specialist
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Account Manager Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
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Maintenance Repairer Demographics

Gender

Male

90.0%

Female

8.2%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

17.3%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

76.5%

German

5.9%

Polish

5.9%

Italian

5.9%

French

5.9%
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Maintenance Repairer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.5%

Kaplan University

9.6%

Grantham University

7.7%

Universal Technical Institute

7.7%

Boise State University

5.8%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

3.8%

Des Moines Area Community College

3.8%

Pearl River Community College

3.8%

Central Texas College

3.8%

Vincennes University

3.8%

Miami Dade College

3.8%

Community College of Rhode Island

3.8%

Coastline Community College

3.8%

Bergen Community College

3.8%

Lincoln Land Community College

3.8%

University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College

3.8%

Murray State University

3.8%

Guilford Technical Community College

3.8%

Capella University

3.8%

Bergen County Technical Schools - Adult and Continuing Education

3.8%
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Majors

Business

16.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

12.0%

Automotive Technology

9.0%

Electrical Engineering

9.0%

Criminal Justice

6.6%

Industrial Technology

6.0%

Heating And Air Conditioning

4.8%

Precision Metal Working

4.2%

Accounting

4.2%

General Studies

3.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.6%

Engineering

3.0%

Graphic Design

3.0%

Drafting And Design

2.4%

Computer Engineering

2.4%

Psychology

2.4%

Computer Science

1.8%

Management

1.8%

Education

1.8%

English

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

49.1%

Bachelors

16.1%

Associate

15.8%

Certificate

9.9%

Masters

5.1%

Diploma

4.0%
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Real Maintenance Repairer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Maintenance Repairer Par Golf Group LLC T/A Eagle Oaks Golf Club Farmingdale, NJ Feb 10, 2015 $51,875
Maintecance Repairer Safeway Construction Enterprises, Inc. Dec 30, 2016 $44,366
Maintecance Repairer Safeway Construction Enterprises, Inc. Aug 23, 2016 $44,366
Nstallation, Maintenance, and Repair Creative Master Pools Inc. Pompton Lakes, NJ May 07, 2010 $43,264
Maintenance Repairer, Bldgs. Northeast Asociates, Inc. DBA Nemco, Inc. Hackensack, NJ May 17, 2010 $41,803
Maintenance Repairer 1103 East 34Th Street, Inc. New York, NY Dec 18, 2014 $41,662
Maintenance Repairer Astra Foods, Inc. Upper Darby, PA Jun 29, 2016 $41,642
Maintenance Repairer Astra Foods, Inc. Upper Darby, PA Nov 03, 2016 $41,642
Maintenance Repairer Supervisor Ferndale Properties, Inc. NY Jan 14, 2016 $40,290
Maintenance Repairer Alma Plantation, LLC LA Sep 24, 2015 $40,258
Maintenance Repairer Alma Plantation, LLC LA Oct 01, 2015 $40,258
Maintenance Repairer Lafourche Sugars, LLC Lafourche Crossing, LA Sep 01, 2016 $39,653
Maintenance Repairer Midwest Water Well Contracting, Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Jan 14, 2010 $38,317
Maintenance Repairer Lafourche Sugars, L.L.C. Thibodaux, LA Oct 01, 2015 $38,192
Maintenance Repairer American Pollo, LLC T/A Pollo Campero Herndon, VA Jun 19, 2008 $37,963
Maintenance Repairer Alma Plantation, LLC LA Sep 01, 2016 $37,900
Maintenance Repairer Alma Plantation, LLC LA Sep 01, 2014 $36,752
Maintenance Repairer Bright Idea Peeping Tom's Window Cleaning Woodbridge, NJ Feb 02, 2010 $36,523
X-Ray Maintenance and Repair RMXC, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Dec 08, 2010 $36,439
Maintenance Repairer Essential Maintenance Services, Inc. Totowa, NJ Apr 27, 2009 $35,458
Maintenance Repairers Sterling Sugars, LLC Franklin, LA Sep 01, 2016 $35,166
Maintenance Repairer Belvedere Condominium Unit Owners Association Arlington, VA Dec 04, 2007 $34,861
Maintenance & Repair Alternate Design, Inc. NY Oct 16, 2007 $34,477
Maintenance Repairers Sterling Sugars, LLC Franklin, LA Sep 24, 2015 $33,935
Maintenance Repairers Sterling Sugars, LLC Franklin, LA Oct 01, 2015 $33,935
Maintenance Repairer Lafourche Sugars, L.L.C. LA Feb 01, 2014 $33,642
Maintenance Repairer Lafourche Sugars L.L.C. LA Oct 01, 2014 $33,642
Maintenance Repairer Lafourche Sugars, L.L.C. LA Oct 01, 2013 $33,413
Maintenace and Repair Pools Coral Pools Inc. Vero Beach, FL Oct 21, 2010 $33,392

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Top Skills for A Maintenance Repairer

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  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Hand Tools
  3. Troubleshoot
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  • Train four new Maintenance employees on proper cleaning and safety procedures and techniques as well as expectations of the job.
  • Adjust functional parts of devices or control instruments, using hand tools, levels, plumb bobs, or straightedges.
  • Specialize in electrical troubleshooting and repair.
  • Perform a broad variety of general electric maintenance work including high voltage electrical/electronic/machinery and other preventative maintenance.
  • Repaired the aircraft s electrical, avionics, propulsion and fuel systems.

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