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Working As A Plant And Maintenance Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $44,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Plant 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 A Plant 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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Plant And Maintenance Technician Career Paths

Plant And Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Technician Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Foreman Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Owner Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Team Leader Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Electrician Supervisor Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Electrician Electrical Engineer Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Production Supervisor Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Technical Support Engineer Technical Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Industrial Electrician Foreman Hvac Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Industrial Electrician Maintenance Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Industrial Electrician Maintenance Electrician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Plant Technician 3.4 years
Top Careers Before Plant And Maintenance Technician
Mechanic 7.5%
Technician 6.7%
Welder 4.8%
Owner 2.4%
Millwright 2.4%
Top Careers After Plant And Maintenance Technician
Technician 7.5%
Owner 4.4%
Welder 4.1%
Mechanic 4.1%
Supervisor 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$44,000
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$30,000
Min 10%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Telephone and Data Systems
Highest Paying City
Cedar City, UT
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
4.3 years
How much does a Plant And Maintenance Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Plant And Maintenance Technician in the United States is $44,341 per year or $21 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $30,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $64,000.

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Top Skills for A Plant And Maintenance Technician

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Plant Maintenance Technician
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Set up and operation of aluminum press equipment, scheduled preventative maintenance and all commercial machinery repairs.
  • Plant Maintenance Technician responsible for monitoring and maintaining the operation of all plant systems and equipment.
  • Experienced in safety procedures including safe material handling, use of hand and power tools and machinery.
  • Operated and monitored the plant in both the control Center and in the Field, using the PLC and HMI.
  • Performed facility maintenance using general trades i.e.

Plant And Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

85.2%

Unknown

9.1%

Female

5.7%
Ethnicity

White

62.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.5%

Urdu

12.5%

Dakota

12.5%

Arabic

12.5%
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Plant And Maintenance Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.9%

A-Technical College

7.1%

Gaston College

7.1%

San Juan College

5.4%

Johnson College

5.4%

Community College of the Air Force

5.4%

Cleveland Institute of Electronics

5.4%

Ranken Technical College

5.4%

Oklahoma State University

5.4%

IVY TECH STATE COLLEGE - KOKOMO - Health Sciences

5.4%

The Academy

5.4%

John Tyler Community College

5.4%

ITT Technical Institute-Jacksonville

3.6%

Chippewa Valley Technical College

3.6%

Northeast Technical Institute

3.6%

University of Idaho

3.6%

Central Texas College

3.6%

Sinclair Community College

3.6%

Washburn University of Topeka

3.6%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.6%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

15.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

15.2%

Business

9.5%

Industrial Technology

8.4%

Automotive Technology

5.7%

Heating And Air Conditioning

5.4%

Precision Metal Working

4.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.7%

General Studies

3.4%

Engineering

3.4%

Education

3.0%

Aviation

3.0%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

3.0%

Mechanical Engineering

2.7%

Management

2.4%

Plant Sciences

2.4%

Information Technology

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

40.3%

Associate

23.8%

Bachelors

15.5%

Certificate

10.7%

Diploma

5.1%

Masters

3.4%

License

1.2%
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