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Working As A Tool Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $37,481

    Average Salary

What Does A Tool 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 Tool 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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Tool Technician Career Paths

Tool Technician
Truck Driver Delivery Driver Account Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Technician Systems Administrator Operations Manager
Division Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Field Technician Field Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Operations Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operator Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Numerical Control Operator Numerical Control Programmer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operator Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Numerical Control Operator Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Quality Assurance Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Quality Control Manager Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Tool Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

89.8%

Female

9.6%

Unknown

0.6%
Ethnicity

White

81.0%

Hispanic or Latino

11.2%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.5%

Japanese

13.0%

German

8.7%

French

8.7%

Italian

8.7%

Chinese

4.3%

Dakota

4.3%

Arabic

4.3%

Afrikaans

4.3%
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Tool Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.1%

Greenville Technical College

9.5%

Universal Technical Institute

7.1%

South Louisiana Community College

7.1%

Wichita State University

6.0%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

6.0%

Lansing Community College

4.8%

Sam Houston State University

4.8%

Grand Rapids Community College

3.6%

Tri-County Technical College

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

San Jose State University

3.6%

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

3.6%

Mountain State University

3.6%

ITT Technical Institute-Dayton

3.6%

More Tech Institute

3.6%

Nicholls State University

3.6%

Louisiana Technical College - Lafayette

3.6%

Aims Community College

3.6%

Cisco Junior College

2.4%
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Majors

Business

19.2%

Precision Metal Working

10.2%

Electrical Engineering

9.3%

Automotive Technology

6.5%

Industrial Technology

6.2%

General Studies

5.1%

Mechanical Engineering

5.1%

Drafting And Design

4.2%

Computer Science

4.2%

Criminal Justice

4.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.2%

Engineering

3.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Aviation

2.8%

Management

2.5%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Computer Programming

2.0%

Communication

2.0%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.7%

Biology

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

43.3%

Bachelors

20.9%

Associate

18.9%

Certificate

10.0%

Masters

3.9%

Diploma

2.8%

License

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Tool Technician

MoldsSafetyStandardsManualLatheCNCFixturesCustomerServiceHandToolsTroubleShootingPreventativeMaintenanceMicrometersSet-UpRebuildTIGDrillPressMIGAluminumProductionEquipmentChecksDepotISO

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  1. Molds
  2. Safety Standards
  3. Manual Lathe
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain and repair molds, punches, and dies used on the production floor.
  • Monitor operations to ensure that health and safety standards are met.
  • Use of manual lathes, mills surface grinders, core grinders and various other tool making Machines.
  • Cut tooling in the lathe and CNC mill to the current print measurements.
  • Modify, Repair, Build, and Maintain Molds, Dies, Fixtures, and their related systems

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