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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 perform 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 1.3 million general maintenance mechanics employed in the United States, working in almost every industry.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $75,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma




About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On



Career Ladder
Supervisor or Craftworker

General Maintenance Mechanic