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.