What does a Maintenance Mechanic do?

A maintenance mechanic is responsible for the upkeep of buildings and mechanical systems, such as heating and cooling systems. In some cases, maintenance mechanics split their time between repair, maintenance, and the installation of system components and office hours. Additionally, maintenance mechanics are expected to perform emergency repairs, which necessitates the ability to troubleshoot promptly. Maintenance mechanics typically work with large production machines, usually in factories.

A high school diploma along with successful completion of a vocational school is suitable for maintenance mechanic positions though more complex tasks may require additional licenses. Successful maintenance mechanics possess excellent computer, mechanical and troubleshooting skills.

What responsibilities are common for Maintenance Mechanic jobs?
  • Install, assemble and test new machines and equipment
  • Schedule and perform routine preventative maintenance and service for each piece of equipment
  • Inspect machines regularly for signs of malfunctions, including visual and sound inspections
  • Use a variety of power and hand tools to perform job functions
  • Complete repairs and parts replacements
  • Work effectively with other team members in a loud environment
  • Repair, install, adjust or maintain machines or vehicles
  • Complete written record of work performed
What are the typical qualifications for Maintenance Mechanic jobs?
  • Successful trade or vocational school completion
  • Associate's degree in mechanical, electrical or engineering specialties (preferred)
  • 2 years experience in one or more of the building trades
  • Valid driver's license
  • Strong mechanical and manufacturing experience
  • Ability to walk, stand, and lift heavy objects for an extended period of time
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to act competently in emergencies
  • Working knowledge of two or more trades
EducationGED / High School Degree
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Maintenance Mechanic make?

$70,791 /yr
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Maintenance Mechanic Career Path

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Maintenance Mechanic

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Maintenance Mechanic Insights

Read what Maintenance Mechanic professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Mechanical Technician
Sep 8, 2021

“Everyone here is nice and go above and beyond to help you any way they can.”

Mechanical Fitter
Sep 10, 2020

“Opportunity to progress and further your career if you show interest and willingness to apply yourself in new roles and responsibilities”

Trained Fitter
Jan 28, 2021

“The pay structure is based on a basic salary and then a supplementary pay to top this up.”

Neenah FoundryNeenah Foundry
Maintenance Mechanic
Jan 11, 2021

“There is no life outside of this place when you have to work every day.”

Tyson FoodsTyson Foods
General Maintenance Mechanic
Mar 25, 2021

“This day I spoke with Hr and that same Supervisor along with another green hat.”

Maintenance Mechanic
Jan 19, 2022

“Flexible schedule was nice to have”

Atul Auto
Aug 19, 2021

“Good good good good good”

G-Tech Elevator Associates
Maintenance Mechanic
Dec 3, 2021

“Good good good good good”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Maintenance Mechanic

When working as a Maintenance Mechanic, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are PLC Programming, MS Office Applications, Excellent Communication, Exhaust Systems, and English Language.

The most similar professions to Maintenance Mechanic are:
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Maintenance Manager
  • Operations Manager

The most common qualifications to become a Maintenance Mechanic include a minimum of a GED / High School Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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Maintenance Technician
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Maintenance Engineer
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Maintenance Manager
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Operations Manager
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