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General Maintenance and Repair Workers

General Maintenance and Repair Workers
Quick Facts : General Maintenance and Repair Workers*
2010 Median Pay$34,730
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20121,289,000
Job Outlook11% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change142,000


General maintenance and repair workers maintain and repair machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems. They use common hand and power tools such as screwdrivers, saws, drills, wrenches, and hammers to fix, replace, or repair equipment and parts of buildings.

What General Maintenance and Repair Workers Do

  • Maintain and repair machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings
  • Troubleshoot and fix faulty electrical switches
  • Inspect and diagnose problems and figure out the best way to correct them, frequently checking blueprints, repair manuals, and parts catalogs
  • Do routine preventive maintenance to ensure that machines continue to run smoothly
  • Do general cleaning and upkeep of buildings and properties

Work Environment

General maintenance and repair workers often carry out many different tasks in a single day. They could work at any number of locations, both indoor and outdoor. They may work inside a single building, such as a hotel or hospital, or be responsible for the maintenance of many buildings, such as those in an apartment complex or college campus.
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Job Outlook

Employment of general maintenance and repair workers is expected to grow 11 percent from 2010 to 2020, however, employment opportunities may be sensitive to fluctuations in the economy.
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Pay

The average salary of general maintenance and repair workers in May 2010 was $34,730.
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General Maintenance and Repair Workers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

General Maintenance and Repair Workers

34730

Installation & Production Occupations

39887.3333

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
General Maintenance and Repair Workers*
Percent Change in Employment

General Maintenance and Repair Workers

11.0163

Installation & Production Occupations

10.336959024270376

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a General Maintenance and Repair Workers

Many maintenance and repair workers may learn some basic skills in high school shop or technical educations classes, postsecondary trade or vocational schools, or community colleges. General maintenance and repair workers often learn their skills on the job.
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