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Working As A Repair Specialist

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $59,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Repair Specialist 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 Repair Specialist

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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Repair Specialist Career Paths

Repair Specialist
Maintenance Technician Technician Team Leader
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Assistant Manager
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Specialist Consultant
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Electrician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Field Service Technician Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Electrician Foreman
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Repair Technician Field Service Technician Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Repair Technician Electronics Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Repair Technician Specialist Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Team Leader Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Installer Hvac Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Welder Shop Foreman
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Building Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Controls Technician Hvac Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Mechanical Technician Maintenance Electrician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Carpenter Estimator Assistant Project Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$59,000
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$31,000
Min 10%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Keyence
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Repair Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Repair Specialist in the United States is $59,287 per year or $29 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $31,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $110,000.

Real Repair Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Centrifuge Bowl Repair Specialist GEA Mechanical Equipment Us, Inc./GEA Westfalia S Patterson, CA Mar 12, 2015 $62,525
Paintless Dent Repair Specialist Hail Damage Center Warrenville, IL Apr 01, 2016 $50,818
Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) Specialists Hail Damage Center Dallas, TX Apr 01, 2016 $49,378
Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) Specialist Hail Damage Center TX Apr 01, 2015 $48,251
Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) Specialist Hail Damage Center IL Apr 01, 2015 $46,269
Paintless Dent Repair Specialist Hail Damage Center IL Mar 18, 2014 $44,077
Repair Specialist Alexis Bittar, Inc. New York, NY Nov 01, 2011 $43,500
Auto Body Repair Specialist E & T Auto Inc. Waltham, MA Jul 28, 2009 $41,949
Auto Body Repair Specialist Alex Auto Body, Inc. Somerville, MA Oct 29, 2010 $37,274

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Top Skills for A Repair Specialist

  1. General Maintenance
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Trouble Shooting
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed general maintenance on prototype wire and mechanical assemblies.
  • Develop and implement strict quality assurance procedures as well as safety procedures.
  • Supervised and ensured all vehicles were mission ready, trouble shooting and maintaining equipment in all weather and environmental conditions.
  • Resolved customer service related issues.
  • Performed continuous preventative maintenance to extend the operating life of equipment and ensure customers receive functional equipment.

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Repair Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

72.3%

Female

17.9%

Unknown

9.9%
Ethnicity

White

63.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.6%

French

2.9%

Carrier

2.9%

Polish

2.9%

Italian

2.9%

Swedish

1.5%

Portuguese

1.5%

Ukrainian

1.5%

Czech

1.5%

Korean

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Malay

1.5%

Japanese

1.5%

Russian

1.5%

Hmong

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%

Greek

1.5%

Thai

1.5%

German

1.5%
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Repair Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.8%

Central Texas College

8.1%

Community College of the Air Force

6.8%

Kaplan University

6.8%

Universal Technical Institute

6.0%

Middle Tennessee State University

4.7%

Macomb Community College

3.8%

Columbia Southern University

3.4%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.4%

The Academy

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%

A-Technical College

3.4%

Remington College

3.4%

Texas A&M University

3.0%

Johnson County Community College

3.0%

Louisiana Tech University

3.0%

Tidewater Community College

3.0%

Spartanburg Technical College

2.6%

Ashford University

2.6%

Virginia Commonwealth University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

21.3%

Electrical Engineering

10.1%

Automotive Technology

8.0%

Criminal Justice

5.8%

Computer Science

5.6%

General Studies

5.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.9%

Information Technology

4.8%

Communication

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

3.5%

Psychology

3.2%

Management

3.2%

Health Care Administration

3.2%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Education

2.6%

Computer Networking

2.6%

Accounting

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

34.9%

Bachelors

29.0%

Associate

20.9%

Certificate

6.3%

Masters

5.2%

Diploma

2.8%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.4%
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