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Working As A Maintenance Worker

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $34,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance Worker 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 Worker

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 Worker Career Paths

Maintenance Worker
Maintenance Technician Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Driver Electrician Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Field Service Technician Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Electrician Supervisor Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Sales Person Team Leader Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Service Technician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operation Supervisor Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Sales Person Executive Assistant Assistant Property Manager
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Service Technician Hvac Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Hvac Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Engineer Hvac Technician Maintenance Lead Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Apprentice Electrician Maintenance Electrician Maintenance Lead Technician
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Maintenance Person 3.0 years
Facility Worker 2.3 years
Maintenance Helper 2.2 years
Maintenance Worker 2.0 years
Maintenance Aide 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Maintenance Worker
Cashier 14.1%
Cook 4.9%
Driver 4.1%
Janitor 3.9%
Custodian 3.5%
Internship 3.3%
Volunteer 3.3%
Porter 3.2%
Top Careers After Maintenance Worker
Cashier 9.9%
Driver 6.2%
Internship 4.7%
Cook 3.5%
Custodian 3.5%
Cleaner 3.4%
Porter 3.3%
Janitor 3.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$34,000
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$22,000
Min 10%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Wright State University
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Maintenance Worker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Maintenance Worker in the United States is $34,706 per year or $17 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $22,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $52,000.

Real Maintenance Worker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Maintenance Worker United Pulse Trading Inc. Minot, ND Oct 01, 2015 $67,452
Maintenance Workers, Machinery Air Tool Sales & Repair NY Apr 04, 2013 $64,697 -
$33
Maintenance Workers, Machinery Neri's Bakery Products Inc. Port Chester, NY Dec 03, 2013 $62,878
Maintenance Workers, Machinery Neri's Bakery Products Inc. Port Chester, NY Apr 12, 2013 $62,878
Maintenance Workers, Machinery First Call Nursing Services, Inc. Antioch, CA Nov 22, 2010 $62,026
Maintenance Worker Michael Partridge Realty Corp. NY Dec 22, 2014 $60,299
Maintenace Worker Michael Partridge Realty Corp. NY Dec 18, 2014 $60,299
Maintenance Worker United Pulse Trading Inc. Williston, ND Oct 01, 2015 $57,664
Maintenance Workers-Machinery American Bindery Depot, Inc. Edison, NJ Nov 01, 2007 $51,090
Maintenance Worker, Machinery Piast Meats and Provisions, Inc. Garfield, NJ Aug 25, 2009 $51,090
Maintenance Workers, Machinery Broadwalk & Central Ave Ass. DBA Franks Fun Center Point Pleasant Beach, NJ Jan 31, 2008 $50,213
Maintenance Workers, Machinery Goglanian Bakeries, Inc. Santa Ana, CA Dec 21, 2012 $49,858
Maintenance Worker Machinery Decostar Industries Carrollton, GA Mar 15, 2010 $49,400
Maintennce Workers, Machinery Air Temp Service Company, Inc. Paterson, NJ Jul 16, 2010 $49,274
Maintenance Worker New Vista Nursing & Rehab Center Newark, NJ Oct 17, 2016 $42,099
Marble Finishing Machine Maintenance Worker European Granite & Marble Corp. New York, NY Mar 04, 2009 $41,740
Property Maintenance Worker DA Silva Realty Danbury, CT Oct 05, 2007 $41,385
Maintenance Worker T&M Repair Company Inc. New Brunswick, NJ Oct 22, 2015 $41,142
Maintenance Workers, Machinery Alliance MacHine Systems INTL., LLC LA May 19, 2010 $40,831
Maintenance Worker Rebecca Gomez New York, NY Dec 22, 2010 $40,581
Foundry Maintenance Worker Campbell Foundry Company Harrison, NJ Oct 31, 2011 $40,581
Maintenance Workers-Machinery Alacer Corp. CA Dec 03, 2010 $40,196
Maintenance Worker Chickahominy Recreational Park Inc. VA Mar 01, 2016 $34,874
Assistant Property Maintenance Worker DA Silva Realty Danbury, CT Aug 22, 2008 $34,769
Maintenance Workers, Machinery Associated MacHine Tool Technologies, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 23, 2009 $34,278
HWY Maintenance Worker Vizcaino LP TX Feb 17, 2015 $34,269
Maintenance Worker, Machinery Smart Motion Robotics Inc. Sycamore, IL Oct 01, 2015 $33,000
Pool Maintenance Workers Steven Simon & Edward Morgan Harwich, MA Apr 15, 2016 $32,975
Pool Maintenance Worker Steven Simon and Edward Morgan MA May 01, 2015 $32,954

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Top Skills for A Maintenance Worker

  1. Flower Beds
  2. Safety Hazards
  3. Snow Removal
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed installation projects and designed flower beds.
  • Reported any graffiti and vandalism including potential safety hazards to co-workers and Supervisory Staff.
  • Pull out garbage throughout all hospital, snow removal and up keeping of all perimeter outside of the building.
  • Perform general maintenance tasks around warehouse.
  • Maintain general upkeep of the automobile manufacturer KAMTEK

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Top 10 Best States for Maintenance Workers

  1. Alaska
  2. Iowa
  3. Nevada
  4. Minnesota
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Ohio
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Indiana
  9. Connecticut
  10. Hawaii
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  • (726 jobs)
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Maintenance Worker Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 57,992 Maintenance Worker resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Maintenance Worker Demographics

Gender

Male

73.0%

Unknown

15.5%

Female

11.5%
Ethnicity

White

62.6%

Hispanic or Latino

17.1%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

5.6%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

77.6%

French

5.2%

Portuguese

2.2%

German

2.1%

Polish

1.7%

Japanese

1.5%

Russian

1.4%

Italian

1.4%

Chinese

1.3%

Arabic

1.2%

Carrier

0.8%

Albanian

0.7%

Mandarin

0.6%

Greek

0.5%

Swedish

0.4%

Turkish

0.4%

Korean

0.4%

Hindi

0.3%

Hmong

0.3%

Wolof

0.3%
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Maintenance Worker Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.9%

The Academy

11.5%

Apex Technical School

5.8%

Central Michigan University

5.8%

Monroe College

5.3%

Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York

5.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

Bronx Community College of the City University of New York

4.3%

College of New Rochelle

3.9%

Community College of Philadelphia

3.8%

Liberty University

3.8%

New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York

3.8%

New York University

3.8%

Michigan State University

3.6%

Universal Technical Institute

3.6%

Essex County College

3.6%

Ohio State University

3.5%

Kent State University

3.4%

Ashford University

3.4%

Texas A&M University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

21.3%

Criminal Justice

10.0%

General Studies

8.6%

Automotive Technology

4.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.7%

Psychology

4.4%

Computer Science

4.2%

Precision Metal Working

4.1%

Liberal Arts

4.1%

Kinesiology

3.7%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.6%

Education

3.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.4%

Accounting

3.4%

Communication

3.2%

Electrical Engineering

3.2%

Biology

2.5%

Medical Assisting Services

2.5%

Graphic Design

2.4%

Management

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

42.7%

Bachelors

26.7%

Associate

15.0%

Certificate

9.2%

Diploma

2.9%

Masters

2.6%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.3%
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