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Working As An Operations And Maintenance Technician

  • 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 An Operations And 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 An Operations And 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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Operations And Maintenance Technician Career Paths

Operations And Maintenance Technician
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Field Engineer Project Engineer
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Field Engineer Assistant Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Operations Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Operations Manager Property Manager
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Surveyor Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Lead Technician Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Technician Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner/Operator Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Delivery Driver Laboratory Technician
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Field Service Technician Information Technology Manager
Technical Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
IC Technician 3.3 years
Plant Technician 3.3 years
Technician 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 5.1%
Operator 4.6%
Owner 4.2%
Mechanic 3.4%
Top Employers After
Technician 4.5%
Supervisor 3.4%
Operator 3.4%
Driver 2.9%
Welder 2.9%
Mechanic 2.9%

Operations And Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

93.9%

Female

4.9%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

82.5%

Hispanic or Latino

9.8%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

1.2%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.5%

Carrier

15.4%

Bulgarian

7.7%

Italian

7.7%

Albanian

7.7%
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Operations And Maintenance Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.7%

Bismarck State College

8.3%

Community College of the Air Force

8.3%

Sam Houston State University

7.1%

Columbia Southern University

6.0%

Iowa Lakes Community College

6.0%

Kaplan University

6.0%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.8%

Trident Technical College

3.6%

Tri-County Technical College

3.6%

Columbus State Community College

3.6%

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

3.6%

IVY TECH STATE COLLEGE - KOKOMO - Health Sciences

3.6%

ITT Technical Institute-Chantilly

3.6%

California State University - Sacramento

3.6%

Craven Community College

3.6%

Excelsior College

3.6%

Austin Community College

3.6%

Essex County College

3.6%

Greenville Technical College

3.6%
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Majors

Business

15.1%

Electrical Engineering

12.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

11.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

6.9%

Industrial Technology

6.0%

Automotive Technology

5.4%

Precision Metal Working

4.9%

Criminal Justice

4.6%

Heating And Air Conditioning

4.3%

General Studies

4.0%

Mechanical Engineering

4.0%

Management

2.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.9%

Computer Science

2.6%

Environmental Science

2.6%

Aviation

2.3%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

2.0%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Information Technology

2.0%

Engineering

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

40.7%

Bachelors

20.7%

Associate

19.1%

Certificate

9.6%

Masters

5.2%

Diploma

3.5%

License

1.0%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for An Operations And Maintenance Technician

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Top Operations And Maintenance Technician Skills

  1. Steam Turbine
  2. Facility Equipment
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted and oversaw the various aspects of our main steam turbine outage that included rotor removal, extraction valve rebuilding etc.
  • Selected to troubleshoot and repair production machinery and facility equipment.
  • Created safety procedures that improved worker conditions and customer satisfaction.
  • Performed routine preventive maintenance to ensure that lines continued to run smoothly with as little downtime as possible.
  • Inspect and diagnose bearing wear or premature failure and also perform emergency replacement of a bearing if it were to fail.

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