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Working As A Preventive Maintenance Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $43,808

    Average Salary

What Does A Preventive 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 Preventive 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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Preventive Maintenance Technician Career Paths

Preventive Maintenance Technician
Mechanic Technician Service Advisor
Assistant Service Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Operator Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Maintenance Manager Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
12 Yearsyrs
Diesel Mechanic Service Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Field Service Technician Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Driver Instructor Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Installation Technician Operations Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Diesel Mechanic Technician Field Technician
Field Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Driver Dispatcher
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Operator Foreman
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Electrician Estimator Project Manager Adjuster
Property Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Fleet Technician 3.1 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 9.9%
Supervisor 4.4%
Cashier 4.4%
Mechanic 3.7%
Operator 3.5%
Welder 3.0%
Driver 3.0%
Top Employers After
Technician 10.8%
Mechanic 4.8%
Driver 4.0%
Manager 2.9%
Supervisor 2.6%

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Preventive Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

90.1%

Female

8.9%

Unknown

1.1%
Ethnicity

White

61.9%

Hispanic or Latino

17.3%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.1%

Carrier

10.7%

Portuguese

7.1%

Turkish

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

French

3.6%

Armenian

3.6%

Polish

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%

Korean

3.6%
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Preventive Maintenance Technician Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

23.5%

University of Phoenix

7.8%

Ferris State University

5.9%

Community College of the Air Force

4.9%

Trident Technical College

3.9%

Everest Institute

3.9%

Nashville Auto Diesel College Inc

3.9%

Pima Community College

3.9%

Glendale Community College

3.9%

Bristol Community College

3.9%

University of Washington

3.9%

A-Technical College

3.9%

Central Texas College

3.9%

Lake Land College

3.9%

Eastern Kentucky University

3.9%

Grand Rapids Community College

2.9%

Murray State University

2.9%

Vincennes University

2.9%

Boise State University

2.9%

Porter and Chester Institute

2.9%
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Majors

Automotive Technology

12.8%

Business

12.2%

Electrical Engineering

9.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

8.7%

Industrial Technology

7.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

7.3%

Heating And Air Conditioning

6.3%

General Studies

4.9%

Computer Science

3.9%

Criminal Justice

3.5%

Mechanical Engineering

3.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Public Health

2.4%

Information Technology

2.4%

Computer Networking

2.4%

Management

2.2%

Health Care Administration

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.8%

Psychology

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

37.5%

Associate

22.2%

Bachelors

19.9%

Certificate

11.1%

Diploma

5.0%

Masters

3.3%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Preventive Maintenance Technician

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  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Maintenance Repairs
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed preventative maintenance on test floor equipment Performed retro-fits and upgrades on existing equipment Coordinated PM schedules for all test floor equipment
  • Preformed routine maintenance repairs and scheduled repairs .
  • Prepared and reviewed documentation and reports for incident reporting and first aid, including investigation and documentation of safety incidents.
  • Provide preventive maintenance such as cleaning and inspection of HVAC equipment to ensure adequate operation for residential and commercial customers.
  • Repair and/or replace damaged aerial/underground Install all products and services System repairs, trouble shooting and audio video redesigns Dock loader

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