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Maintenance & Repair Workers, General

Also called: Maintenance Engineer, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance Supervisor, Maintenance Technician

What they do:
Perform work involving the skills of two or more maintenance or craft occupations to keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of an establishment in repair. Duties may involve pipe fitting; boiler making; insulating; welding; machining; carpentry; repairing electrical or mechanical equipment; installing, aligning, and balancing new equipment; and repairing buildings, floors, or stairs.
On the job, you would:
  • Inspect, operate, or test machinery or equipment to diagnose machine malfunctions.
  • Dismantle machines, equipment, or devices to access and remove defective parts, using hoists, cranes, hand tools, or power tools.
  • Perform routine maintenance, such as inspecting drives, motors, or belts, checking fluid levels, replacing filters, or doing other preventive maintenance actions.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • building and construction
  • customer service
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software
  • IBM Notes
  • Microsoft Outlook
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • SAP software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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