Maintenance and Repair Workers, General


Also called : Building Mechanic, Equipment Engineering Technician, Facilities Technician, Maintenance Engineer, Maintenance Journeyman, Maintenance Man, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance Specialist, Maintenance Te

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 a building in repair. Duties may involve pipe fitting; HVAC maintenance; insulating; welding; machining; carpentry; repairing electrical or mechanical equipment; installing, aligning, and balancing new equipment; and repairing buildings, floors, or stairs.

On the job, one would


  • Perform routine maintenance, such as inspecting drives, motors, or belts, checking fluid levels, replacing filters, or doing other preventive maintenance actions.

  • Inspect, operate, or test machinery or equipment to diagnose machine malfunctions.

  • Adjust functional parts of devices or control instruments, using hand tools, levels, plumb bobs, or straightedges.

  • 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.

  • Order parts, supplies, or equipment from catalogs or suppliers.

KNOWLEDGE


  • Mechanical
    Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • Building and Construction
    Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

  • English Language
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • Mathematics
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

SKILLS


  • Equipment Maintenance
    Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

  • Repairing
    Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

  • Troubleshooting
    Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

  • Critical Thinking
    Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

  • Active Learning
    Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

ABILITIES


  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
    The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

  • Information Ordering
    The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • Manual Dexterity
    The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  • Near Vision
    The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

  • Problem Sensitivity
    The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

PERSONALITY

People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

  • Integrity
    Job requires being honest and ethical.

  • Dependability
    Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

  • Attention to Detail
    Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

  • Self-Control
    Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

  • Independence
    Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

  • Cooperation
    Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

  • Innovation
    Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

  • Analytical Thinking
    Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

  • Stress Tolerance
    Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.

TECHNOLOGY

  • Calendar and scheduling software

  • Cloud-based data access and sharing software

  • Computer aided design CAD software

  • Data base user interface and query software

  • Desktop communications software

  • Development environment software

  • Electronic mail software

  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software

  • Facilities management software

  • Industrial control software

  • Instant messaging software

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • Preparation

    Medium Preparation Needed

  • Education

    Training in vocational schools or an Associate deg

  • Experience

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations.

  • Jobtraining

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.

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