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Become A Maintenance Technician

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Working As A Maintenance Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $43,063

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance Technician Do

A Maintenance Technician examines buildings and repairs mechanical systems to ensure that they are consistent with health and safety standards. They make small repairs and adjustments, as needed, and perform regular preventive maintenance on machines, equipment, and plant facilities.

How To Become A Maintenance Technician

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.


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.


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.


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 Technician Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Carrier

  • French

  • German

  • Russian

  • Polish

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Arabic

  • Japanese

  • Chinese

  • Korean

  • Romanian

  • Dakota

  • Ukrainian

  • Swedish

  • Vietnamese

  • Thai

  • Hindi

  • Greek

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Real Maintenance Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager-Maintenance, Mechanical, Instruments and Electrical Cameron LNG, LLC Hackberry, LA Jun 08, 2016 $176,800
Manager-Maintenance, Mechanical, Instruments & Electrical Cameron LNG, LLC Hackberry, LA Jun 15, 2015 $170,000
Director, Planned Maintenance & Shipboard Technical Inventor NCL (Bahamas) Ltd. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2015 $124,305
Factory Automation Maintenance Technician Smart Alabama LLC Luverne, AL Oct 09, 2014 $77,340
Maintenance Mechanic On Target Maintenance Haverstraw, NY Apr 14, 2015 $74,797
Maintenance Technician Triforest Enterprises, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 02, 2015 $67,517
Mechanical Maintenance Technician Powertech America, Inc. West Point, GA Mar 11, 2015 $62,840
Maintenance Mechanic Nestle Waters North America Pasadena, TX Nov 08, 2016 $62,150 -
Mechanical Maintenance Technician Smart Alabama LLC Luverne, AL Jan 11, 2016 $61,672
FA System Maintenance Technician Seung Kwang LLC Montgomery, AL Oct 28, 2015 $58,000 -
Maintenance Mechanic Philadelphia Cheesesteak Co. Philadelphia, PA Jul 14, 2016 $56,950
FA System Maintenance Technician Daeil USA Corporation Valley, AL Jul 21, 2015 $55,000 -
Mechanical Maintenance Technician II Ormat Technologies, Inc. Brawley, CA Oct 15, 2014 $54,088
Maintenance Mechanic Del Monaco Brothers Industries Inc. Farmingdale, NY Nov 10, 2016 $52,520
Maintenance Technician G & K Maintenance New York, NY Oct 27, 2016 $44,366
Maintenance Mechanic RPW Group Inc. Rye Brook, NY Sep 09, 2016 $44,366
Maintenance Mechanic E. T Maintenance Inc. Mount Vernon, NY Jan 08, 2016 $44,366
Maintenance Mechanic RPW Group Inc. Rye Brook, NY Aug 29, 2016 $44,366
Maintenance Mechanic Simpson Landscape Maintenance, Inc. Plano, TX Jul 30, 2012 $43,680
Maintenance Technician Seoul Shopping Inc. NY Jul 20, 2015 $43,264
Maintenance Technician Young Soo, Ltd., Inc. T/A Food Star Arlington, VA Apr 29, 2015 $43,160
Maintenance Mechanic National Cleaning Systems Inc. Pompano Beach, FL Jul 15, 2010 $42,909
Maintenance Mechanic Injectron Corp Plainfield, NJ Sep 24, 2010 $37,253
Maintenance Mechanic Los Altos Food Products, Inc. Industry, CA Jun 13, 2008 $37,253
Maintenance Mechanic T.E.M.P. Inc. Gardena, CA Apr 11, 2008 $37,253
Maintenance Technician Your Way Construction Inc. Harrison, NJ Jul 28, 2008 $36,397
Maintenance Mechanic Hamilton Park Health Care Center, Ltd. Jersey City, NJ Jan 23, 2009 $36,397
Refrigeration Maintenance Technician Northern Beef Packers, LP SD Jul 26, 2013 $35,521
Refrigeration Maintenance Technician Northern Beef Packers, LP SD May 01, 2013 $35,500
Maintenance Technician NYC Stone Care Inc. Merrick, NY Jun 05, 2016 $35,318

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Top Skills for A Maintenance Technician


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Top Maintenance Technician Skills

  1. Safety Standards
  2. Hvac
  3. Facility Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Acted as the deployed shop safety coordinator, updating numerous safety items to adhere to Air Force safety standards.
  • Assisted residents in leasing contracts Performed preventative and regular maintenance including HVAC Communicate with residents to resolve issues within the complex
  • Perform facility maintenance incidental to operating equipment and systems, e.g.
  • Repaired, programmed & setup robots, PLC'S, Computers, lab & test equipment.
  • Replace air regulators, filter units, air filters, sump pumps, air compressors, circulating pumps.

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