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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

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 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.

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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Average Length of Employment
Machine Repairer 7.5 years
Master Mechanic 5.6 years
Boiler Technician 5.0 years
Tool Technician 3.5 years
Service Technician 3.3 years
Plant Technician 3.3 years
Utility Technician 3.2 years
Robot Technician 3.1 years
Maintenance Person 3.0 years
Technician 2.6 years
Maintenance Worker 2.3 years
Maintenance Helper 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 8.0%
Mechanic 7.1%
Welder 6.5%
Supervisor 4.6%
Owner 3.7%
Carpenter 3.4%
Manager 2.7%
Machinist 2.7%
Top Employers After
Technician 8.1%
Mechanic 5.9%
Welder 5.0%
Owner 3.9%
Supervisor 3.7%
Driver 3.3%

Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

93.8%

Female

5.0%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

80.3%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.4%

Carrier

5.6%

French

4.8%

German

4.6%

Russian

2.3%

Polish

1.8%

Italian

1.7%

Portuguese

1.7%

Arabic

1.5%

Japanese

1.4%

Chinese

1.0%

Korean

0.9%

Romanian

0.8%

Dakota

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.7%

Swedish

0.6%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Thai

0.6%

Hindi

0.5%

Greek

0.5%
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Maintenance Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.3%

Community College of the Air Force

11.4%

Universal Technical Institute

8.4%

Ferris State University

7.2%

Vincennes University

5.6%

A-Technical College

5.2%

Greenville Technical College

4.4%

The Academy

4.1%

Ranken Technical College

3.7%

Tri-County Technical College

3.5%

Central Texas College

3.5%

Ashford University

3.4%

Fresno City College

3.3%

Sinclair Community College

3.2%

Liberty University

3.1%

Kaplan University

3.1%

Hinds Community College

3.0%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.9%

Colorado Technical University

2.9%

Lansing Community College

2.9%
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Majors

Business

12.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

11.6%

Electrical Engineering

10.8%

Industrial Technology

8.6%

Heating And Air Conditioning

8.5%

Automotive Technology

7.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

5.7%

General Studies

4.6%

Precision Metal Working

4.4%

Criminal Justice

3.6%

Mechanical Engineering

2.9%

Computer Science

2.9%

Education

2.3%

Engineering

2.3%

Management

2.1%

Aviation

2.1%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

1.8%

Information Technology

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Drafting And Design

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

43.8%

Associate

20.9%

Bachelors

15.9%

Certificate

11.9%

Diploma

4.3%

Masters

2.4%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Maintenance Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
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 -
$72,150
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 -
$68,000
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 -
$63,000
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 Mechanic Global Tobacco, LLC TX Nov 29, 2011 $52,008
FA System Maintenance Technician Mobis Alabama, LLC Montgomery, AL Jul 23, 2015 $52,000 -
$63,000
Maintenance Technician Lenny's Group LLC New York, NY Nov 18, 2015 $51,605
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 Filco Industries Inc. Newark, NJ Feb 12, 2016 $42,099
Maintenance Mechanic Lenox Imperial LLC New York, NY Dec 19, 2014 $41,803
Maintenance Mechanic Adriana B. Corporation New York, NY Mar 11, 2010 $41,740
Maintenance Mechanic Kam Fashion Corp New York, NY Apr 10, 2009 $41,740
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
Maintenance Technician Dc Power Solutions, Inc. Torrance, CA Jan 06, 2016 $35,277
Maintenance Mechanic Salvador M.Espino Dec 30, 2015 $35,082
Maintenance Mechanic Onofrio's Ultimate Foods, LLC New Haven, CT May 30, 2008 $34,749
Maintenance Technician Johnson Realty Griffin, GA Nov 10, 2010 $34,436

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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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