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 near United States?

$67,070 /yr
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Maintenance Mechanic Career Path

Learn how to become a Maintenance Mechanic, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Maintenance Mechanic
Senior Maintenance Mechanic
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2 - 4
5 - 7
Not including years spent in education and/or training

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Mechanical Technician
Sep 8, 2021

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

Newcrest MiningNewcrest Mining
Mechanical Technician
Mar 4, 2023

“Roster is great and safety is well above most mines I have worked at in my area”

United Kingdom Oil and Pipelines AgencyUnited Kingdom Oil and Pipelines Agency
Mechanical Technician
Apr 27, 2023

“The company is excellent for supporting your training and development needs to progress your career to the next level.”

Club ChampionClub Champion
Master Club Fitter
Nov 6, 2023

“My manager was reprimanded way more than me and they decided to let me go lol.”

Fleet Technician
Sep 10, 2022

“The opportunity to progress in the company is great and I am looking forward to working towards potential job prospects within the company.”

D.A. DoddD.A. Dodd
Apr 14, 2023

“jobs are great work and fun”

Velodyne LidarVelodyne Lidar
Sr. Mechanical Technician
Apr 11, 2023

“fun and great people to work with”

Trained Shoe Fitter
Aug 7, 2022

“Good training and fun job experience”

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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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