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Working As A Repair 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 Repair 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 Repair 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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Repair Technician Career Paths

Repair Technician
Technician Team Leader Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Manager
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Superintendent
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Electrician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Driver Foreman
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Computer Technician Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Computer Technician
Senior Service Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Foreman Owner
Owner And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Specialist Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Production Supervisor Operations Director
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Driver Field Technician Lead Technician
Service Technician Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Technical Support Engineer Technical Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Controls Technician Maintenance Electrician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Manager Business Owner
Entrepreneur
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Repair Operator 4.7 years
Repair Specialist 3.5 years
Service Technician 3.4 years
Repair Technician 3.0 years
Bench Technician 2.8 years
Technician 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Repair Technician
Technician 10.8%
Cashier 8.1%
Manager 3.7%
Mechanic 3.2%
Owner 3.1%
Assembler 3.0%
Driver 2.7%
Supervisor 2.7%
Top Careers After Repair Technician
Technician 11.5%
Owner 5.0%
Driver 4.3%
Cashier 4.3%
Manager 3.2%
Mechanic 3.0%

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Repair Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

79.2%

Female

11.9%

Unknown

8.9%
Ethnicity

White

62.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.9%

French

6.6%

German

4.6%

Japanese

3.6%

Vietnamese

3.3%

Russian

3.3%

Arabic

2.0%

Mandarin

1.8%

Carrier

1.8%

Portuguese

1.8%

Chinese

1.8%

Polish

1.5%

Tagalog

1.3%

Hindi

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Ukrainian

1.0%

Italian

0.8%

Nepali

0.8%

Turkish

0.5%

Hmong

0.5%
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Repair Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.1%

Universal Technical Institute

8.7%

Community College of the Air Force

6.4%

Strayer University

4.7%

The Academy

4.7%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

4.6%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

4.4%

A-Technical College

4.3%

Remington College

4.1%

University of Memphis

4.1%

More Tech Institute

4.1%

Kaplan University

3.9%

ITT Technical Institute-Nashville

3.8%

Houston Community College

3.6%

Texas A&M University

3.5%

Macomb Community College

3.4%

ECPI University

3.2%

Ashford University

2.8%

Liberty University

2.8%

University of Houston

2.7%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

20.3%

Business

12.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

10.6%

Computer Science

7.4%

Automotive Technology

7.3%

Information Technology

5.5%

Computer Information Systems

4.3%

Computer Networking

4.1%

Criminal Justice

3.8%

General Studies

3.6%

Computer Engineering Technology

2.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.5%

Mechanical Engineering

2.2%

Industrial Technology

2.2%

Precision Metal Working

2.0%

Aviation

1.9%

Engineering

1.9%

Management

1.8%

Education

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

34.1%

Associate

27.0%

Bachelors

23.2%

Certificate

8.1%

Diploma

3.6%

Masters

3.4%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
$44,000
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$26,000
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%
$75,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
POWDR
Highest Paying City
Pasadena, TX
Highest Paying State
Louisiana
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Repair Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Repair Technician in the United States is $44,533 per year or $21 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $26,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $75,000.

Real Repair Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Repair Technician KAVO Dental Lake Zurich, IL Jan 09, 2008 $72,000
Furniture Repair Technician Supervisor Wood Craft Margate, FL Nov 12, 2010 $62,860
Wireless Repair Technician MOBO USA Corp Miami, FL Oct 18, 2010 $58,000
Phone Repair Technician G&G Solutions, Inc. Placentia, CA Nov 20, 2015 $57,866
Cable Repair Technician Cggveritas Services (Us) Inc. Houston, TX Nov 28, 2014 $55,910 -
$62,000
Maintenance and Repair Technician WEMA Vogtland America LLC Belvidere, IL Jul 15, 2011 $45,914 -
$75,132
Maintenance and Repair Technician WEMA Vogtland America LLC Belvidere, IL Aug 15, 2011 $45,914 -
$75,132
Hydraulic Repair Technician Controlled Motion Solutions, Inc. Burbank, CA Jun 06, 2016 $43,660
Maintenance & Repair Technician ATV Inc. La Mirada, CA Sep 06, 2016 $43,514
Auto Repair Technician & Mechanics Grand KH Lee. Inc. Ridgefield, NJ Jul 29, 2015 $43,118
Equipment Test and Repair Technician International Surveying Equipment Inc. Wesley Chapel, FL Oct 01, 2011 $42,000
Repair Technician A Carpet and Paint LLC Atlanta, GA Jul 16, 2015 $36,754
Musical Instrument Repair Technician L&L Music-Wind Shop, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Mar 18, 2011 $36,300
Musical Instrument Repair Technician L&L Music-Wind Shop, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Apr 05, 2011 $36,300
Musical Instrument Repair Technician L&L Music-Wind Shop, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Oct 07, 2010 $36,300
Sewing Machine Repair Technician Creative Sewing Center San Antonio, TX Nov 01, 2014 $36,209
Maintenance & Repair Technician Borla Performance Industries Tn, Inc. Johnson City, TN Feb 21, 2012 $35,901
Autobody Repair Technician Eaton Paint and Body Specialist, LLC Eaton, CO Jun 12, 2008 $35,479 -
$39,653
Office Machine Repaire Tech. Theodore Markowitz Brea, CA Nov 19, 2007 $34,060
Repair Technician Estrella Mountain Pools Glendale, AZ May 07, 2016 $33,000

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Top Skills for A Repair Technician

  1. Defective Parts
  2. Customer Service
  3. Computer Hardware
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  • Disassembled engines and repaired or replaced defective parts.
  • Provide superior customer service through timely and effective technological assistance in computer set-ups and repairs.
  • Evaluated computer hardware and/or devices for the purpose of determining appropriate actions to maintain computer and software operations.
  • Provided technical support for application engineers, maintained equipment, inventory and working environment of the electrical engineering lab.
  • Developed custom troubleshooting techniques and procedures for component level repair which increased efficiency and productivity.

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