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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
  • $36,630

    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
Service Manager Office Manager Operations Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Owner Property Manager General Contractor
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Technician Quality Engineer Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Senior Engineer Chief Engineer
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Service Manager
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Production Supervisor
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Chief Engineer Engineering Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Facilities Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Design Engineer Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Service Manager General Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Facilities Manager General Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Technician 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 5.2%
Owner 2.3%
Mechanic 1.9%
Top Employers After
Technician 3.5%
Owner 3.2%

Senior Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

94.2%

Female

4.3%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

80.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.5%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.0%

Polish

7.1%

Arabic

7.1%

Welsh

3.6%

Carrier

3.6%

Italian

3.6%
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Senior Maintenance Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.5%

Community College of the Air Force

8.4%

Central Texas College

8.4%

Grantham University

8.4%

Sinclair Community College

6.3%

Huertas College

4.2%

Park University

4.2%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.2%

IVY TECH STATE COLLEGE - KOKOMO - Health Sciences

4.2%

Ferris State University

4.2%

Montgomery College

4.2%

York Technical Institute

4.2%

Excelsior College

4.2%

More Tech Institute

4.2%

Midlands Technical College

4.2%

Community College of Rhode Island

4.2%

University of Southern Maine

3.2%

ECPI University

3.2%

Ohio University -

3.2%

Tri-County Technical College

3.2%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

22.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

16.9%

Business

11.4%

Industrial Technology

5.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

4.9%

Automotive Technology

4.5%

Management

4.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.8%

General Studies

3.6%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

3.0%

Criminal Justice

2.8%

Aviation

2.7%

Mechanical Engineering

2.5%

Computer Science

2.1%

Project Management

2.1%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.7%

Engineering

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

1.3%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

1.3%
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Degrees

Other

39.4%

Associate

25.2%

Bachelors

17.1%

Certificate

10.8%

Masters

4.3%

Diploma

3.0%

License

0.1%
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Real Senior Maintenance Technician Salaries

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

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Top Skills for A Senior Maintenance Technician

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Top Senior Maintenance Technician Skills

  1. Safety
  2. Hvac
  3. Maintenance Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed all hazardous materials generated by shop operations and ensured safety requirements were met in accordance to OSHA standards.
  • Assisted HVAC personnel with all aspects of preventative maintenance tasks.
  • Developed and wrote job aids for rebuilding parts to be used by technicians to perform the preventive and corrective maintenance procedures.
  • Maintain accurate preventive maintenance records.
  • Repaired and maintained custom built assembly equipment using GE Series One PLCs.

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