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Maintenance & Repair Workers, General

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

Where in the Coast Guard? In the Coast Guard: CWO - Diving Officer; CWO - Ordnance, Aviation; LDO - Ordnance, Aviation

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:
  • Use tools ranging from common hand and power tools, such as hammers, hoists, saws, drills, and wrenches, to precision measuring instruments and electrical and electronic testing devices.
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that machines continue to run smoothly, building systems operate efficiently, or the physical condition of buildings does not deteriorate.
  • Inspect, operate, or test machinery or equipment to diagnose machine malfunctions.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • building and construction
Business
  • customer service
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

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

Abilities

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

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook
Facilities management software
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$35,640
per year, on average
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