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Working As A Repairman

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
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  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $30,712

    Average Salary

What Does A Repairman 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 Repairman

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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Repairman Career Paths

Repairman
Inspector Quality Assurance Representative Chief Controller
Airport Maintenance Chief
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Quality Control Inspector Carpenter
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
12 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Lead Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Operations Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Mechanic Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Machinist Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Electrician Foreman
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Machinist Mechanic
Lead Mechanic
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Welder Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Welder Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Operator Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electrician Driver Operation Supervisor
Operations Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Operator Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Repairman Demographics

Gender

Male

94.1%

Female

4.6%

Unknown

1.3%
Ethnicity

White

63.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.5%

Carrier

9.4%

German

6.3%

French

4.7%

Italian

4.7%

Portuguese

1.6%

Chinese

1.6%

Filipino

1.6%

Danish

1.6%

Persian

1.6%

Russian

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%
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Repairman Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.3%

Vincennes University

7.3%

Community College of the Air Force

6.8%

Kaplan University

6.8%

Northern Michigan University

5.6%

Ferris State University

5.1%

Central Texas College

5.1%

Trident Technical College

4.0%

Universal Technical Institute

4.0%

Southwestern Illinois College

4.0%

Ashford University

4.0%

Delgado Community College

4.0%

Monroe Community College

4.0%

Sinclair Community College

4.0%

Spokane Community College

3.4%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

3.4%

Lansing Community College

3.4%

Macomb Community College

3.4%

Hinds Community College

3.4%

Tulsa Welding School

3.4%
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Majors

Business

12.9%

Electrical Engineering

12.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

8.1%

Automotive Technology

7.7%

Precision Metal Working

7.0%

General Studies

5.7%

Computer Science

5.5%

Criminal Justice

4.8%

Industrial Technology

4.0%

Information Technology

3.9%

Aviation

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

3.5%

Education

3.3%

Management

3.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.8%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Engineering

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

44.1%

Bachelors

18.7%

Associate

18.2%

Certificate

10.9%

Masters

3.9%

Diploma

3.6%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Repairman Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Autobody Repairman Star Auto Body, LLC Vernon, NY Mar 03, 2016 $52,582
Autobody Repairman Star Auto Body, LLC Vernon, NY Sep 03, 2015 $52,582
Repairman JTS Mower Service, Inc. Annandale, VA Apr 07, 2015 $42,619
Camera Repairman Sun Camera Repair Service, Inc. Palisades Park, NJ Sep 03, 2008 $30,324
Rug Repairman Hagopian & Sons, Inc. Oak Park, MI Jan 04, 2008 $29,218
Oriental Rug Repairman Alexander Imports Inc. Dba Herat Oriental Rugs Alexandria, VA Feb 09, 2016 $25,022
Aircraft Repairman Star Marianas Air Oct 20, 2016 $16,800
Aircraft Repairman Star Marianas Air Oct 19, 2016 $15,080
Aircraft Repairman Star Marianas Air Oct 20, 2016 $15,080

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Top Skills for A Repairman

  1. Defective Products
  2. Safety
  3. Preventative Maintenance
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  • Planned and implemented alterations to ensure safety, to improve operator ergonomics, and to increase machine productivity.
  • Repair and preventative maintenance of a wide variety of photographic equipment and processing systems.
  • Implemented weapons modifications and provided maintenance training to unit armorers.
  • Installed electronic components, assemblies, and systems in Radars, using hand tools, power tools, and soldering tools.
  • Received training in operator level vehicle maintenance.

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Top 10 Best States for Repairmen

  1. South Dakota
  2. North Dakota
  3. Mississippi
  4. West Virginia
  5. Tennessee
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Alabama
  8. Kansas
  9. Arkansas
  10. Kentucky
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