Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
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.Number of Jobs in 2010: 5,146
Number of Jobs in 2020: 5,268
Yearly Job Growth Rate: 2.4
Annual Openings: 107
Entry Wage: $11.56
Median Wage: $16.70
Education Requirement: High school diploma or equivalent
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- 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.
- Diagnose mechanical problems and determine how to correct them, checking blueprints, repair manuals, or parts catalogs, as necessary.
- Assemble, install, or repair wiring, electrical or electronic components, pipe systems, plumbing, machinery, or equipment.
- Inspect drives, motors, and belts, check fluid levels, replace filters, or perform other maintenance actions, following checklists.
- Clean or lubricate shafts, bearings, gears, or other parts of machinery.
- Adjust functional parts of devices or control instruments, using hand tools, levels, plumb bobs, or straightedges.
- Repair or replace defective equipment parts, using hand tools and power tools, and reassemble equipment.
- Record type and cost of maintenance or repair work.
- Order parts, supplies, and equipment from catalogs and suppliers, or obtain them from storerooms.
- Maintain and repair specialized equipment and machinery found in cafeterias, laundries, hospitals, stores, offices, or factories.
- Dismantle devices to access and remove defective parts, using hoists, cranes, hand tools, and power tools.
- Plan and lay out repair work, using diagrams, drawings, blueprints, maintenance manuals, or schematic diagrams.
- Operate cutting torches or welding equipment to cut or join metal parts.
- Paint or repair roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, plaster, drywall, or other parts of building structures.
- Provide grounds keeping services, such as landscaping and snow removal.
- Perform general cleaning of buildings or properties.
- Test and treat water supply.
- Set up and operate machine tools to repair or fabricate machine parts, jigs, fixtures, or tools.
- Align and balance new equipment after installation.
- Inspect used parts to determine changes in dimensional requirements, using rules, calipers, micrometers, or other measuring instruments.
- Train and manage maintenance personnel and subcontractors.
- Estimate repair costs.
- Fabricate or repair counters, benches, partitions, or other wooden structures, such as sheds or outbuildings.
- Grind and reseat valves, using valve-grinding machines.
- Lay brick to repair or maintain buildings, walls, arches, or other structures.
- Assemble boilers at installation sites, using tools such as levels, plumb bobs, hammers, torches, or other hand tools.
- Install equipment to improve the energy or operational efficiency of residential or commercial buildings.
- Perform routine maintenance on boilers, such as replacing burners or hoses, installing replacement parts, or reinforcing structural weaknesses to ensure optimal boiler efficiency.
- Position, attach, or blow insulating materials to prevent energy losses from buildings, pipes, or other structures or objects.
Indivduals currently working as Maintenance and Repair Workers, General can easily transition into any of the occupations lisated below.
- Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians
- Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
- Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters*
- Industrial Machinery Mechanics*
- Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers
- Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door
- Motorcycle Mechanics
- Signal and Track Switch Repairers
* The occupation mentioned is in demand in the state of Maine, and is projected to employ new workers each year.
Occupational data obtained from the Maine Department of Labor and O*NET
Last updated on January 29, 2013