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Working As A Maintenance Specialist

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $76,978

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance Specialist 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 Specialist

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 Specialist Career Paths

Maintenance Specialist
Project Manager Owner/Operator Maintenance Supervisor
Assistant Maintenance Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
12 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Specialist Maintenance Technician Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Mechanic Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Facilities Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager General Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Aircraft Mechanic Maintenance Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Operator Foreman
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Driver Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager General Manager Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Aircraft Mechanic Maintenance Supervisor Operation Supervisor
Operations Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Crew Chief Section Chief Supply Sergeant
Property Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Night Auditor Leasing Consultant
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Security Officer Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Maintenance Person 2.8 years
Maintenance Worker 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 5.2%
Cashier 4.8%
Specialist 4.6%
Supervisor 4.5%
Owner 3.5%
Mechanic 3.5%
Carpenter 2.9%
Teller 2.8%
Internship 2.8%
Top Employers After
Technician 6.8%
Specialist 4.6%
Owner 4.0%
Supervisor 3.8%
Manager 3.4%
Mechanic 3.3%

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Maintenance Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

80.1%

Female

18.4%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

63.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.0%

French

10.4%

Portuguese

4.3%

German

4.3%

Carrier

4.3%

Japanese

3.5%

Italian

3.5%

Russian

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Chinese

1.7%

Urdu

1.7%

Serbian

0.9%

Dutch

0.9%

Ukrainian

0.9%

Persian

0.9%

Malay

0.9%

Dari

0.9%

Hindi

0.9%

Tagalog

0.9%

Polish

0.9%
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Maintenance Specialist Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

19.5%

University of Phoenix

17.6%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

5.7%

Ashford University

4.6%

University of Connecticut

4.6%

Columbia Southern University

3.8%

The Academy

3.8%

San Juan College

3.8%

Central Texas College

3.8%

Liberty University

3.8%

Vincennes University

3.1%

Boise State University

3.1%

Pennsylvania State University

3.1%

Utah Valley University

3.1%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.1%

Ferris State University

2.7%

A-Technical College

2.7%

Purdue University

2.7%

Kaplan University

2.7%

Universal Technical Institute

2.7%
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Majors

Business

25.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

8.5%

Electrical Engineering

7.3%

Management

5.4%

Criminal Justice

4.7%

Automotive Technology

4.5%

Aviation

4.0%

Industrial Technology

3.6%

General Studies

3.6%

Communication

3.4%

Psychology

3.3%

Computer Information Systems

3.3%

Accounting

3.3%

Computer Science

3.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.0%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.0%

Mechanical Engineering

2.9%

Education

2.6%

Information Technology

2.5%

Liberal Arts

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

34.1%

Bachelors

30.3%

Associate

18.6%

Masters

7.7%

Certificate

6.5%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.5%
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Real Maintenance Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Maintenance Specialist (Instrument and Controls) Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Apr 29, 2013 $165,796
Instrument and Control Maintenance Specialist-KI Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Apr 22, 2014 $149,377
Maintenance Specialist Broken Hill Proprietary (USA) Inc. Houston, TX Sep 18, 2015 $140,000
Maintenance Specialist (Instrument and Controls) Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Apr 29, 2015 $136,954
Maintenance Specialist Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. Houston, TX Sep 05, 2015 $130,000
Maintenance Specialist Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. Houston, TX Sep 04, 2015 $124,030
Turnaround and Maintenance Specialist Koch Fertilizer, LLC Wichita, KS Sep 22, 2015 $100,000 -
$150,000
Senior Maintenance Specialist Powertech America, Inc. West Point, GA Sep 06, 2014 $70,000
Project Maintenance Specialist Drillmec Inc. Houston, TX Apr 08, 2013 $70,000
Senior Maintenance Specialist Forgein Aircraft Skyworld Aviation, Inc. Midland, VA Jan 01, 2014 $68,788 -
$73,045
Senior Maintenance Specialist Powertech America, Inc. West Point, GA Sep 02, 2015 $65,000
Refrigeration and Maintenance Specialist Seoul Trading Inc. Bell, CA Jan 29, 2016 $65,000
Maintenance Specialist Powertech America, Inc. West Point, GA May 11, 2015 $63,780
Senior Maintenance Specialist-Forgein Made Aircraf Skyworld Aviation, Inc. Warrenton, VA Jan 01, 2014 $60,523 -
$77,219
Maintenance Specialist Powertech America, Inc. West Point, GA Sep 06, 2014 $60,000
Maintenance Specialist III, Quality Engineering TEVA Parenteral Medicines Irvine, CA Oct 01, 2012 $58,968 -
$70,000
Electrical Maintenance Specialist Powertech America, Inc. West Point, GA Sep 02, 2015 $58,500
Maintenance Specialist Powertech America, Inc. West Point, GA Sep 02, 2015 $55,000
Repair and Maintenance Specialist JP & J, Inc. Anchorage, AK Jun 10, 2016 $46,200

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Top Skills for A Maintenance Specialist

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  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Safety Standards
  3. Facility
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  • Performed preventative maintenance on power house equipment, including failure analysis of potential hazards and corrective actions.
  • Enforced unit policies regarding safety standards and compliance with requirements of technical publications.
  • Assisted with on-base equipment and vehicle preparations and on-site crane operation for hazardous launch facility forced entry.
  • Installed complete electrical, plumping, watering and HVAC systems to ensure high efficiency, safety and performance of portable greenhouses.
  • Administered and implemented governmental programs and procedures for federal and state medical assistance programs without supervision.

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Top 10 Best States for Maintenance Specialists

  1. Alaska
  2. Nevada
  3. Minnesota
  4. Iowa
  5. Ohio
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Connecticut
  9. Hawaii
  10. Indiana
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