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Working As a Senior Maintenance Mechanic

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $43,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Maintenance Mechanic 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 Maintenance Mechanic

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
Head Mechanic 4.9 years
Lead Mechanic 4.5 years
Top Careers Before Senior Maintenance Mechanic
Mechanic 4.5%
Technician 4.3%
Owner 2.6%
Operator 2.6%
Supervisor 2.3%
Installer 2.1%
Top Careers After Senior Maintenance Mechanic
Owner 4.5%
Mechanic 3.6%
Supervisor 2.9%
Technician 2.9%
Specialist 1.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$43,000
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$31,000
Min 10%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
ITT
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
6.6 years
How much does a Senior Maintenance Mechanic make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Maintenance Mechanic in the United States is $43,648 per year or $21 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $31,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $61,000.

Top Skills for A Senior Maintenance Mechanic

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Repair Equipment
  3. Hvac
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Aided in conversion to Pfizer procedures and development / refinement of preventative maintenance programs.
  • Refer to blueprints, repair manuals and parts catalogs to diagnose and repair equipment.
  • Worked with the Level III HVAC Mechanic to get the equipment back in working order quickly and efficiently.
  • Complied with all safety procedures and supervised other maintenance staff.
  • Lead in all aspects of Facility Maintenance including Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Maintenance Mechanics

  1. Iowa
  2. Nevada
  3. Wisconsin
  4. North Dakota
  5. Indiana
  6. Minnesota
  7. Nebraska
  8. Kansas
  9. Wyoming
  10. Kentucky
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Senior Maintenance Mechanic Demographics

Gender

Male

87.5%

Unknown

10.1%

Female

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Senior Maintenance Mechanic Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.3%

Nash Community College

7.1%

Johnson County Community College

7.1%

Lincoln Technical Institute

5.4%

Baltimore City Community College

5.4%

A-Technical College

5.4%

Ferris State University

5.4%

Wilmington University

5.4%

Austin Community College

5.4%

Palm Beach State College

3.6%

Central Georgia Technical College

3.6%

Clark College

3.6%

Community College of Beaver County

3.6%

Central Texas College

3.6%

Central State University

3.6%

Delaware County Community College

3.6%

Capitol City Trade and Technical School

3.6%

Community College of the Air Force

3.6%

Arapahoe Community College

3.6%

Dutchess Community College

3.6%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

10.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

10.3%

Business

10.3%

Heating And Air Conditioning

10.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

10.3%

Industrial Technology

7.8%

Automotive Technology

6.4%

General Studies

4.6%

Mechanical Engineering

4.3%

Precision Metal Working

3.9%

Education

3.5%

Management

3.2%

Engineering

2.5%

Computer Science

2.1%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Drafting And Design

1.8%

Aviation

1.8%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

1.8%

Science, Technology, And Society

1.4%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

48.6%

Associate

16.9%

Certificate

12.6%

Bachelors

12.6%

Diploma

4.8%

Masters

3.9%

License

0.6%
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