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Working As A Senior Equipment Maintenance Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $41,823

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Equipment 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 Senior Equipment 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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Senior Equipment Maintenance Technician Typical Career Paths

Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Technician 4.1%
Top Employers After
Technician 3.0%
Owner 2.2%

Senior Equipment Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

91.2%

Female

6.2%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

64.1%

Hispanic or Latino

19.6%

Asian

12.5%

Unknown

3.4%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Welsh

50.0%

Spanish

50.0%

Senior Equipment Maintenance Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.5%

Pikes Peak Community College

12.5%

More Tech Institute

6.3%

De Anza College

6.3%

Portland Community College

6.3%

Eastern Florida State College

6.3%

Mission College

6.3%

West Valley College

6.3%

Western Washington University

3.1%

Texas State Technical College - Harlingen

3.1%

Community College of the Air Force

3.1%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

3.1%

Morgan State University

3.1%

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State New Kensington

3.1%

Hillsdale College

3.1%

Ashford University Online

3.1%

Otero Junior College

3.1%

San Jose City College

3.1%

North Dakota State College of Science

3.1%

Boise State University

3.1%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

26.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

21.9%

Business

11.0%

Mechanical Engineering

5.5%

Industrial Technology

5.5%

Automotive Technology

4.1%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

4.1%

Education

2.7%

General Studies

2.7%

Communication

2.7%

Systems Engineering

1.4%

Management

1.4%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.4%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.4%

Photography

1.4%

Computer Technical Support

1.4%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

34.5%

Associate

29.9%

Bachelors

18.4%

Certificate

10.3%

Diploma

4.6%

Masters

2.3%
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Top Skills for A Senior Equipment Maintenance Technician

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Top Senior Equipment Maintenance Technician Skills

  1. Preventive Maintenance
  2. Equipment Maintenance
  3. Fabrication Process
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed an automated Preventive Maintenance System, which included a recall monitor to ensure timely maintenance of industrial/construction equipment.
  • Maintained all spare parts stock, equipment maintenance records, all PM's, repair and modification of all production equipment.
  • Focus on product quality, insuring timely repairs, and improved productivity flow through the fabrication process.
  • Maintain the optimum performance of equipment through scheduled PMs and calibration of equipment.
  • Job Description Provide support for a 200 mm plasma etch tool set for Motorola's Advanced Product Research and Development Laboratory.

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