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Working As A Senior Maintenance 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 Senior 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 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 Maintenance Technician Career Paths

Senior Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor Supervisor Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Supervisor Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Operations Manager Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Manager Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Operations Manager Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Technician Owner Facilities Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Technician Owner Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator Property Manager Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator Maintenance Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator Facilities Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Superintendent Quality Control Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Supervisor Owner/Manager Construction Superintendent
Maintenance Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Manager Of Maintenance Technology
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Supervisor Mechanics Supervisor
Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Senior Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Senior Maintenance Technician
Technician 4.6%
Owner 3.0%
Mechanic 2.6%
Supervisor 2.2%
Manager 1.6%
Top Careers After Senior Maintenance Technician
Technician 3.4%
Owner 2.7%
Mechanic 2.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$44,000
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$33,000
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%
$59,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
General Electric
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
5.3 years
How much does a Senior Maintenance Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Maintenance Technician in the United States is $44,305 per year or $21 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $33,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $59,000.

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Real Senior Maintenance Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Maintenance Technician Hwashin America Corporation Sep 23, 2016 $71,000 -
$88,000
SR. Maintenance Technician C&J Tech Alabama, Inc. May 27, 2016 $69,500
Senior Maintenance Technician Mobis Alabama, LLC Aug 18, 2015 $64,000
SR. Maintenance Technician Mobis Alabama, LLC Jul 29, 2015 $57,720
Senior Maintenance Technician Yesac Georgia Corporation Apr 22, 2016 $57,000 -
$85,000
Senior Maintenance Technician Hysco America Company Inc. Sep 10, 2015 $56,230
Senior Maintenance Technician Powertech America, Inc. Aug 13, 2015 $54,040

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Top Skills for A Senior Maintenance Technician

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Hvac
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted higher level maintenance technicians with preventative maintenance and daily assignments concerning mechanical, electric, pneumatic and hydraulic systems.
  • Complied with regulatory policies and safety procedures.
  • Perform specialized electrical, plumbing, HVAC/boiler inspection, and maintenance/repair tasks as necessary.
  • Responded quickly and effectively to facility maintenance needs by prioritizing projects and implementing a personal tracking and follow-up system.
  • Provided mission essential maintenance to equipment requiring extensive knowledge of the operation and maintenance procedures.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Maintenance Technicians

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  2. Maine
  3. Alaska
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Vermont
  6. Wisconsin
  7. California
  8. New Hampshire
  9. Kentucky
  10. Massachusetts
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Senior Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

91.5%

Female

4.5%

Unknown

4.0%
Ethnicity

White

62.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.4%

Arabic

11.1%

Welsh

3.7%

French

3.7%

Carrier

3.7%

Thai

3.7%

Italian

3.7%
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Senior Maintenance Technician Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

13.8%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

5.0%

ECPI University

5.0%

Columbus State Community College

5.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.0%

Universal Technical Institute

5.0%

Montgomery College

5.0%

Evergreen Valley College

5.0%

A-Technical College

5.0%

Dunwoody College of Technology

5.0%

Lincoln Technical Institute

5.0%

Central Texas College

5.0%

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

5.0%

Brevard Community College

3.8%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.8%

Atlanta Technical College

3.8%

Rock Valley College

3.8%

Chaffey College

3.8%

Santa Barbara City College

3.8%

Portland Community College

3.8%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

19.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

13.7%

Business

11.0%

Industrial Technology

6.3%

Automotive Technology

5.8%

Heating And Air Conditioning

5.1%

General Studies

4.2%

Management

4.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.2%

Mechanical Engineering

3.4%

Precision Metal Working

2.7%

Aviation

2.7%

Criminal Justice

2.7%

Computer Science

2.4%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

2.4%

Engineering

2.2%

Drafting And Design

2.0%

Mechatronics And Robotics

2.0%

Education

2.0%

Computer Networking

1.6%
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Degrees

Associate

28.9%

High School Diploma

23.4%

Bachelors

18.2%

Certificate

15.4%

Diploma

8.1%

Masters

4.4%

License

1.5%

Doctorate

0.1%
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