General Maintenance Mechanics

General maintenance mechanics, sometimes called maintenance technicians or building engineers, repair and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings, and work on plumbing, electrical, and controls. They also do minor construction or carpentry work and routine preventive maintenance to keep the physical structures of businesses, schools, factories, and apartment buildings in good condition. They also maintain and repair specialized equipment and machinery found in cafeterias, laundries, hospitals, offices, and factories. There are more than 1.2 million general maintenance mechanics employed in the United States, working in almost every industry.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Building Engineers, Building Maintenance Technicians, Building Maintenance Workers, Factory Maintenance Workers, Maintenance Technicians, Mill Maintenance Workers
Duties Repair and maintain machinery; mechanical equipment; and plumbing, electrical, and other systems in buildings
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience One to four years of on-the-job experience, or classroom instruction, or some combination of both
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Supervisor or Craftworker
  • General Maintenance Mechanic
  • Helper

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