Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
SOC: 49-9071.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
1,374,700 employed

Projected (2024):
1,458,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Airport Attendant
  • Bench Repair Technician
  • Building Engineer
  • Building Maintenance Engineer
  • Building Maintenance Mechanic
  • Building Maintenance Repairer
  • Building Mechanic
  • Electrical Mechanical Technician
  • Electronic Technician
  • Engineer
  • Environmental Maintenance Worker
  • Equipment Engineering Technician
  • Ethanol Maintenance Mechanic
  • Facilities Coordinator
  • Facilities Engineer
  • Facilities Manager
  • Facilities Technician
  • Facility Maintenance Technician
  • Field Mechanic
  • Field Service Engineer
  • Firefighting Equipment Specialist
  • General Maintenance Mechanic
  • General Utility Maintenance Repairer
  • Handy Man
  • Hydroelectric Operations Maintenance Worker
  • I&C Technician (Instrument and Controls Technician)
  • Industrial Maintenance Repairer
  • Industrial Maintenance Technician
  • Machine or Machinery Mechanic
  • Maintenance Associate
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Maintenance Foreman
  • Maintenance Journeyman
  • Maintenance Man
  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Maintenance Person
  • Maintenance Repairman
  • Maintenance Specialist
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Maintenance Worker
  • Marine Services Technician
  • Mechanical Adjuster
  • Mechanical Expert
  • Mechanical Handyman
  • Mechanical Repair Worker
  • Mechanical Test Technician
  • Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical Installer
  • Mechanics Handyman
  • Methane Capturing System Maintenance Worker
  • Mobile Home Lot Utility Worker
  • Plant Maintenance Technician
  • Process Technician
  • Repair Technician
  • Repairer, Maintenance, Building
  • Stationary Engineer
  • Trouble Shooter
  • Trouble Shooting Mechanic
  • Water Purification Systems Service Technician
  • Zone Maintenance Technician


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Assemble, install, or repair wiring, electrical or electronic components, pipe systems, plumbing, machinery, or equipment.
  • Diagnose mechanical problems and determine how to correct them, checking blueprints, repair manuals, or parts catalogs, as necessary.
  • Inspect, operate, or test machinery or equipment to diagnose machine malfunctions.
  • Record type and cost of maintenance or repair work.
  • Clean or lubricate shafts, bearings, gears, or other parts of machinery.
  • Plan and lay out repair work, using diagrams, drawings, blueprints, maintenance manuals, or schematic diagrams.
  • Adjust functional parts of devices or control instruments, using hand tools, levels, plumb bobs, or straightedges.
  • Paint or repair roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, plaster, drywall, or other parts of building structures.
  • Operate cutting torches or welding equipment to cut or join metal parts.
  • Align and balance new equipment after installation.
  • Inspect used parts to determine changes in dimensional requirements, using rules, calipers, micrometers, or other measuring instruments.
  • Set up and operate machine tools to repair or fabricate machine parts, jigs, fixtures, or tools.
  • Fabricate or repair counters, benches, partitions, or other wooden structures, such as sheds or outbuildings.
  • Lay brick to repair or maintain buildings, walls, arches, or other structures.
  • Grind and reseat valves, using valve-grinding machines.
  • 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.
  • Test and treat water supply.
  • 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.
  • Repair machines, equipment, or structures, using tools such as hammers, hoists, saws, drills, wrenches, or equipment such as precision measuring instruments or electrical or electronic testing devices.
  • Maintain or repair specialized equipment or machinery located in cafeterias, laundries, hospitals, stores, offices, or factories.
  • Order parts, supplies, or equipment from catalogs or suppliers.
  • Perform general cleaning duties of buildings or properties.
  • Train or manage maintenance personnel or subcontractors.
  • Provide groundskeeping services, such as landscaping or snow removal.
  • Estimate costs to repair machinery, equipment, or building structures.
  • Design new equipment to aid in the repair or maintenance of machines, mechanical equipment, or building structures.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable crescent wrenches
  • Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Adjustable slip lock nut wrenches
  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Air compressors
  • Allen wrenches
  • Augers
  • Ball peen hammers
  • Basin wrenches
  • Bearing pullers
  • Biscuit joiners
  • Block and tackle equipment
  • Brazing equipment
  • Bubble levels
  • Caulking guns
  • Center punches
  • Chain pullers
  • Channel lock pliers
  • Chipping hammers
  • Circle cutters
  • Circular saws
  • Claw hammers
  • Closet augers
  • Combination squares
  • Comealongs
  • Compression sleeve pullers
  • Concrete saws
  • Concrete trowels
  • Conduit benders
  • Conduit cutters
  • Copper cutting machines
  • Cordless power drills
  • Crowbars
  • Current testers
  • Cutting torches
  • Dead blow hammers
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Dial calipers
  • Dial indicators
  • Digital micrometers
  • Direct tap machines
  • Dollies
  • Drain augers
  • Drain cleaning cables
  • Drill presses
  • Dump trucks
  • Dust and particulate respirators
  • Electric nail guns
  • Electric planers
  • Electric sanders
  • Electric trimmers
  • End pipe wrenches
  • Faucet handle pullers
  • Faucet stem and cartridge pullers
  • Feeler gauges
  • Fish tape pullers
  • Flaring tools
  • Flat blade screwdrivers
  • Fuse pullers
  • Gas welders
  • Gasket cutters
  • Grease guns
  • Hacksaws
  • Hammer drills
  • Hand drills
  • Hand grinders
  • Hand jacks
  • Hand levels
  • Hand operated spray guns
  • Hand saws
  • Hand spinners
  • Hand trucks
  • Handheld computers
  • Heavy duty drain cleaning machines
  • Hex key sets
  • Hex wrenches
  • High pressure water sprayers
  • Hoisting equipment
  • Hole cutting tools
  • Hollow core socket wrenches
  • Hydraulic boom trucks
  • Ice picks
  • Industrial brooms
  • Inspection mirrors
  • Jackhammers
  • Jig saws
  • Laptop computers
  • Lathes
  • Lawn mowers
  • Locking C-clamps
  • Locking pliers
  • Manual ratchet threader sets
  • Measuring tapes
  • Metal chisels
  • Mini hacksaws
  • Mini tubing cutters
  • Mitre boxes
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Nut drivers
  • Offset pipe wrenches
  • Offset socket wrenches
  • Ohmmeters
  • Oil dispensing cans
  • Paint application brushes
  • Paint application rollers
  • Paint spray guns
  • Personal computers
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Pin punches
  • Pipe cleaning equipment
  • Pipe cutters
  • Pipe threaders
  • Pipe vises
  • Pipe welding vises
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Plumb bobs
  • Plungers
  • Polyvinyl chloride PVC cutters
  • Polyvinyl chloride PVC saws
  • Portable two way radios
  • Portable welding machines
  • Power drain cleaners
  • Power drills
  • Power lifts
  • Power pipe cutters
  • Power routers
  • Power saws
  • Precision files
  • Pressurized water pigs
  • Protective harnesses
  • Pry bars
  • Putty knives
  • Radial arm saws
  • Ratchet wrenches
  • Ratcheting polyvinyl chloride PVC cutters
  • Reciprocating saws
  • Rigging equipment
  • Right-angle drills
  • Rotary hammers
  • Rubber mallets
  • Rulers
  • Safety gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Safety shoes
  • Scaffolding
  • Screw extractor sets
  • Scribers
  • Sectional drain cleaning machines
  • Security alarm systems
  • Sewage pumps
  • Sewer rodding machines
  • Sewer tapes
  • Sharpening equipment
  • Shears
  • Shielded arc welding tools
  • Side cutting pliers
  • Sledgehammers
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Snow blowers
  • Snow shovels
  • Snowplows
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Soil pipe cutters
  • Soldering equipment
  • Spirit levels
  • Step ladders
  • Straight pipe wrenches
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Straightedges
  • Stud locators
  • Table saws
  • Tap sets
  • Tension gauges
  • Tile saws
  • Tin snips
  • Toilet augers
  • Torque wrenches
  • Tractors with backhoe attachments
  • Trenchers
  • Tub drain removers
  • Tube benders
  • Tubing cutters
  • Two-wheel drive front end loaders
  • Ultrasonic leak detectors
  • Universal nut wrenches
  • Utility knives
  • Utility pumps
  • Valve grinding machines
  • Vise grip pliers
  • Volt-ammeters
  • Volt-ohm meters VOM
  • Voltage testers
  • Water pump pliers
  • Water samplers
  • Welders
  • Welding clamps
  • Wide roll pipe cutters
  • Wire crimpers
  • Wire cutting tools
  • Wire strippers
  • Workshop bench vises
  • Workshop cranes
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Computer aided design and drafting software CADD
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software
  • Computerized time management systems
  • Data entry software
  • Digital Direct Control DDC Energy Management software
  • Handheld computer device software
  • IBM Notes
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Word
  • Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management software
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • SAP software
  • Web browser software


  • installation maintenance and repair


    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990