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Working As A Maintenance Team Member

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $41,823

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance Team Member 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 Team Member

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 Team Member Career Paths

Maintenance Team Member
Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Crew Chief Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Property Manager General Contractor
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Instructor Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Driver Dispatcher
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Delivery Driver Electrician
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Airport Maintenance Chief Facilities Manager Safety Manager
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Crew Chief Aircraft Mechanic Mechanic
Lead Mechanic
7 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Team Member Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Team Member Security Officer Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Support Team Member Security Officer Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Airport Maintenance Chief Technician Mechanical Technician
Mechanics Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Correction Officer Foreman
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Operations Manager Realtor
Property Management Specialist
6 Yearsyrs
Support Team Member Specialist Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Maintenance Team Member Demographics

Gender

Male

67.6%

Female

30.5%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

80.7%

Hispanic or Latino

10.7%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

65.1%

French

12.7%

Portuguese

1.6%

Indonesian

1.6%

Chinese

1.6%

Kurdish

1.6%

German

1.6%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Japanese

1.6%

Dakota

1.6%

Gothic

1.6%

Kinyarwanda

1.6%

Hmong

1.6%

Korean

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Italian

1.6%
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Maintenance Team Member Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

19.4%

University of Phoenix

12.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.6%

Michigan State University

5.6%

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

4.8%

Midlands Technical College

4.8%

University of Alabama

4.0%

The Academy

4.0%

Illinois State University

4.0%

Central Michigan University

4.0%

Vincennes University

3.2%

University of Northern Iowa

3.2%

Utah Valley University

3.2%

Troy University

3.2%

University of Kentucky

3.2%

American University

3.2%

University of Colorado Denver

3.2%

Winona State University

3.2%

Ohio University -

2.4%

Florida International University

2.4%
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Majors

Business

21.2%

Communication

6.2%

Computer Science

5.8%

Management

5.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.6%

Criminal Justice

5.6%

Psychology

5.1%

Nursing

4.5%

Biology

4.3%

Mechanical Engineering

4.3%

Electrical Engineering

4.1%

General Studies

3.9%

Education

3.4%

Health Care Administration

3.2%

Finance

3.0%

Accounting

3.0%

Industrial Technology

2.8%

Kinesiology

2.8%

Elementary Education

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.1%

Other

30.8%

Associate

12.8%

Masters

8.4%

Certificate

4.7%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.7%
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Top Skills for A Maintenance Team Member

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Top Maintenance Team Member Skills

  1. Customer Service Skills
  2. Safety Standards
  3. Customer Flow
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Exercise customer service skills when interacting with Management and/or Club Members.
  • Shop safety representative updated and rearranged Material Safety Data Sheets verifying section complied with government safety standards.
  • Assisted supervisors in controlling customer flow and backed up lines; which enhanced the customer experience by providing reduced wait times.
  • Target I worked in the front end as a cashier.
  • Ensured customer satisfaction by providing additional assistance in loading large items; maintained yard and parking area.

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