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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
  • $36,630

    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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Average Length of Employment
Plant Technician 3.3 years
Top Employers Before
Mechanic 6.8%
Technician 6.4%
Welder 5.0%
Top Employers After
Technician 9.7%
Owner 4.1%
Mechanic 3.1%
Supervisor 2.6%

Plant And Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

92.7%

Female

6.0%

Unknown

1.3%
Ethnicity

White

78.5%

Hispanic or Latino

11.6%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.5%

Urdu

12.5%

Dakota

12.5%

Arabic

12.5%
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Plant And Maintenance Technician Education

Schools

San Juan College

7.5%

Ranken Technical College

5.0%

Community College of the Air Force

5.0%

Excelsior College

5.0%

Cleveland Institute of Electronics

5.0%

South Plains College

5.0%

Auburn University-Montgomery

5.0%

A-Technical College

5.0%

Lansing Community College

5.0%

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith

5.0%

University of Phoenix

5.0%

Idaho State University

5.0%

Eastern Kentucky University

5.0%

Oklahoma State University

5.0%

Modesto Junior College

5.0%

Gaston College

5.0%

The Academy

5.0%

Saint Ambrose University

5.0%

John Tyler Community College

5.0%

Central Washington University

2.5%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering Technology

14.0%

Electrical Engineering

11.7%

Business

9.9%

Automotive Technology

7.6%

Industrial Technology

7.0%

Precision Metal Working

6.4%

Heating And Air Conditioning

5.8%

Education

4.1%

Management

3.5%

Aviation

3.5%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

3.5%

General Studies

3.5%

Mechanical Engineering

2.9%

Plant Sciences

2.9%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

Information Technology

2.3%

Engineering

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

39.4%

Associate

21.6%

Bachelors

16.9%

Certificate

11.0%

Diploma

5.5%

Masters

4.2%

License

1.3%
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Top Skills for A Plant And Maintenance Technician

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Top Plant And Maintenance Technician Skills

  1. Plant Maintenance Technician
  2. New Machinery
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Plant Maintenance Technician I worked in a natural gas processing plant.
  • Install new machinery as needed.
  • Experienced in safety procedures including safe material handling, use of hand and power tools and machinery.
  • Ground Support functions consisted of preventive maintenance and repair of all ground equipment including electric, gasoline and diesel powered vehicles.
  • General plant maintenance and repairs such as greasing bearings, changing impact bars, maintaining rollers and conveyor systems integrity.

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