Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

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At A Glance: Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

Maintenance and repair workers use skills in mechanical or electrical crafts to keep machines or structures in working order. They have a wide variety of duties that may include balancing new equipment, insulating, cleaning, or repairing equipment. Depending on the industry, maintenance and repair workers may work with mechanical, electrical, HVAC or other systems. They may also do some carpentry, welding or pipe fitting. To become a maintenance and repair workers requires at least a high school diploma and one to two years of on-the-job training. They may be require to complete additional certifications or an apprenticeship program. They earn approximately $18.42 an hour, and the need for such workers typically grows at an average rate, from about 5% to 9% per year.

Entry Level Requirements


High School Diploma

To become a general maintenance and repair worker requires at least a high school diploma. Some employers may require additional certifications.
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Commonly Performed Tasks

There are many tasks that maintenance and repair workers must perform regularly. Because they are responsible for maintaining and repairing a variety of equipment, their role is essential to keeping any plant operating. Their work require knowledge of HVAC systems, pipe fitting, welding, or other systems or processes.
  • Inspect, operate, or test machinery or equipment to diagnose machine malfunctions
  • Dismantle machines or equipment to remove defective parts using cranes, hand tools, or power tools
  • Perform routine maintenance like inspecting drives or belts or other preventive maintenance actions
  • Diagnose and correct mechanical problems using blueprints, manuals, or parts catalogs as necessary
  • Repair machines, equipment, or structures using tools or precision measuring instruments

Required Job Skills

Maintenance and repair workers require specific skills, abilities, and knowledge to do their jobs effectively. To maintain, troubleshoot, and repair equipment, they must engage in critical thinking, be able to select appropriate equipment for specific jobs, and monitor processes, systems, and the work of others.
  • Concentrate on a task without being distracted
  • Knowledge of machines, tools, and materials
  • Comprehend complex informational text and visuals
  • Identify, analyze, and solve complex problems
  • Physical strength and dexterity

Education & Training Information

Programs and Opportunities

Stark State College
Program: Preventive and Predictive Maintenance
Certification: Certificate
Length: 1 Year
Community College of Allegheny County - West Hills Center
Program: Industrial Manufacturing Technician
Certification: Certificate
Length: 18 Month Apprenticeship Program
Westmoreland County Community College
Program: Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics, AAS
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years
Westmoreland County Community College
Program: Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics, Basic Systems
Certification: Certificate
Length: 1 Year
West Virginia Northern Community College
Program: Industrial Maintenance Technology
Certification: Certificate
Length: 1 Year
Stark State College
Program: Petroleum Industrial Mechanics Technology
Certification: Certificate
Length: 1 Year

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