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Working As A Repairer

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
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  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $41,960

    Average Salary

What Does A Repairer 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 Repairer

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
Track Repairer 4.9 years
Heavy Repairer 4.9 years
Gas Plant Repairer 4.5 years
Generator Repairer 4.2 years
Maintainer 3.5 years
Hydraulic Repairer 3.5 years
Repairer 3.0 years
Appliance Repairer 2.9 years
Tire Repairer 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Repairer
Cashier 9.6%
Mechanic 7.0%
Technician 5.8%
Welder 5.1%
Assembler 3.4%
Sergeant 3.4%
Top Careers After Repairer
Mechanic 8.4%
Technician 5.2%
Supervisor 4.7%
Crew Chief 4.6%
Sergeant 4.6%
Driver 4.3%
Instructor 3.0%

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Repairer Demographics

Gender

Male

84.2%

Female

14.6%

Unknown

1.1%
Ethnicity

White

61.4%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

73.8%

German

9.5%

Portuguese

2.4%

Romanian

2.4%

French

2.4%

Bosnian

2.4%

Serbian

2.4%

Korean

2.4%

Croatian

2.4%
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Repairer Education

Schools

Central Texas College

21.9%

University of Phoenix

15.0%

North Central Institute

6.9%

Grantham University

6.3%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

5.0%

Liberty University

5.0%

Austin Peay State University

3.8%

Ashford University

3.8%

Strayer University

3.1%

American University

3.1%

Kaplan University

3.1%

Pikes Peak Community College

3.1%

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

2.5%

Jefferson Community College

2.5%

Pima Community College

2.5%

University of Maryland - University College

2.5%

Vincennes University

2.5%

Jacksonville State University

2.5%

Cochise College

2.5%

Colorado Technical University

2.5%
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Majors

Business

17.0%

Aviation

12.0%

Criminal Justice

12.0%

General Studies

8.2%

Electrical Engineering

7.7%

Automotive Technology

7.1%

Psychology

3.6%

Computer Science

3.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.1%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

Management

2.9%

Accounting

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Information Technology

2.4%

Biology

2.2%

Medical Assisting Services

2.2%

Supply Chain Management

2.2%

Education

2.0%

Computer Networking

1.8%

Drafting And Design

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

37.3%

Bachelors

27.5%

Associate

18.3%

Certificate

8.4%

Masters

5.3%

Diploma

2.6%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Mill Repairer Alma Plantation, LLC LA Feb 12, 2010 $31,347
Rug Repairer Rouzati Oriental R UGS, Inc. Evanston, IL Mar 04, 2009 $31,305
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Oriental Rug Repairer Dover Home & Carpet Inc. Natick, MA Nov 25, 2008 $29,218
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Rug Repairer Fred Najmi &Associates, Inc. Towson, MD Oct 19, 2009 $27,027
Wood Pallet Repairer Rapid Pallet Inc. Jermyn, PA May 02, 2016 $26,672
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Persian Rug Repairer Tousi Rugs, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 21, 2010 $25,044
Persian Rug Repairer ASHK International, LLC DBA Roshi Rug CA Jul 28, 2016 $24,815 -
$24,820
Oriental Rug Repairer Parvizian Fine Oriental Rugs, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 12, 2016 $23,795
Oriental Rug Repairer Parvizian Fine Oriental Rugs, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 19, 2016 $23,795
Oriental Rug Repairer Oriental Rug Mart, Inc. Victor, NY Apr 06, 2010 $22,936

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Top Skills for A Repairer

  1. Weapons
  2. Infantry Weapons
  3. Safety Procedures
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  • Received and completed work orders for damaged weapons -inventoried tools and equipment -inspected finished repairs for quality assurance.
  • Performed maintenance and repairs on small arms, other infantry weapons and responsible for over 10 million dollars in equipment.
  • Maintained aircraft maintenance logs, manual work standards, safety procedures, and operational policies.
  • Gained comprehensive experience in diagnosing, repairing, and overhauling aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
  • Phase maintenance consists of removing and installing various aircraft components and operating systems in order to perform preventative maintenance inspections.

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Top 10 Best States for Repairers

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  2. Alaska
  3. Nevada
  4. Minnesota
  5. North Dakota
  6. Iowa
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Hawaii
  9. Connecticut
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