Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Workers

realistic interests electrical equipment repair power tool clean vehicles test components adjust wiring furnish machinery safety

Maintenance Aide, Maintenance Helper, Mechanic Helper, Technician's Helper

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Aviation Maintenance Technician; Aviation Survival Technician; Avionics Electrical Technician; Boatswain's Mate; Electrician's Mate; Electronics Technician; Gunner's Mate; Marine Safety Specialist Deck; Marine Safety Specialist Engineer; Material Maintenance Specialty
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Advanced Construction Mechanic; Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Officer, Support Equipment; Aviation Support Equipment Technician; Construction Mechanic; Engineman; Fire Controlman; Gas Turbine System Technician (Electrical); Gunner's Mate; Machinist's Mate; Machinists Mate, Non-Nuclear, Submarine Auxiliary
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What they do:
Help installation, maintenance, and repair workers in maintenance, parts replacement, and repair of vehicles, industrial machinery, and electrical and electronic equipment. Perform duties such as furnishing tools, materials, and supplies to other workers; cleaning work area, machines, and tools; and holding materials or tools for other workers.
On the job, you would:
  • Install or replace machinery, equipment, and new or replacement parts and instruments, using hand or power tools.
  • Examine and test machinery, equipment, components, and parts for defects to ensure proper functioning.
  • Tend and observe equipment and machinery to verify efficient and safe operation.


Engineering and Technology

  • mechanical
  • building and construction


  • customer service

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Safety and Government

  • public safety and security


Basic Skills

  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions

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


  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath


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
  • Integrity
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Word processing software

  • Atlas Construction Business Forms
  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Computer aided design CAD software

  • HVAC tools software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
associate's degree
usually needed

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New job opportunities are likely in the future.
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