Maintenance Technician: Job Description, Skills, Responsibilities, Salary (2022)

July 27 2020

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Being a good maintenance technician means you’ll need to work well in a team and have a specific set of technical skills. Detailing a complete list of duties and responsibilities of maintenance technicians is not an easy task. Many factors play into the day-to-day responsibilities of a maintenance tech.

That being said, we will provide a thorough overview of all of the things you need to know if you want to become a maintenance technician and advance your career.

(Maintenance managers, this will help you too if you are looking to hire more techs to expand your maintenance department).

What does a maintenance technician do?

Aa a maintenance technician you are responsible for the repair and upkeep of the facility you work in, including most of its assets.

Often, your responsibilities include general maintenance tasks that do not require specialized training. Part of your job is to recognize when the task is above your skill level and should be handled by an electrician, plumber, refrigeration mechanic, or another specialized technician.

In practice, many maintenance departments will look to hire people that have some background in one or more of those areas so they can handle most of the issues in-house. Maintenance teams do this to save money because outsourcing can be costly.

Here are some general tasks and responsibilities you may see as part of a general maintenance technician job description, no matter the company:

  • Handling assigned work orders and PMs (inspections, oil changes, meter readings, etc.)
  • Performing a variety of routine maintenance tasks
  • Dealing with incoming work requests
  • Communicating existing and potential issues with your supervisors; most often maintenance manager or facilities manager
  • Using your CMMS or paper records to log maintenance work
  • Cleaning and maintaining the tools you work with
  • Abiding by different safety measures and policies

This is a very general list, so we’ll break it down even more by zeroing in on the three most common job types and specific tasks you’ll have to perform.

1) Industrial maintenance technician

Industrial maintenance technicians are responsible for:

  • Solving mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic issues on various production and facility equipment
  • Troubleshooting mechanical breakdowns
  • Reading, analyzing, and interpreting technical procedures, electrical schematics, blueprints, service manuals, and work orders to perform required maintenance work
  • (Dis)assembling/installing new machines, condition monitoring sensors, equipment, etc.

2) Building/property maintenance technician

Building maintenance and property maintenance essentially mean the same thing, so it is only natural that technicians working in those environments have similar duties:

  • Evaluating, repairing, and maintaining plumbing, carpentry, electrical, and HVAC systems in the building
  • Receiving and responding to tenant reports of mechanical or maintenance issues on their premises
  • Maintaining the fire, carbon monoxide, smoke, and other safety systems within the structure

3) Fleet maintenance technician

Fleet maintenance technicians, as the name suggests, have a little more specialized list of responsibilities:

  • Servicing, diagnosing, and repairing all fleet vehicles
  • Performing preventive maintenance on all fleet vehicles
  • General maintenance of their transit facility (repair shop and all stored equipment like pumps and vehicle lifts) and its surroundings

These are not complete lists, but they show the similarities and differences between maintenance technician specialties.

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If you’re looking for a job in the maintenance space, you will find many similar positions advertised that have a lot of overlap in required skills and responsibilities. Some of these positions are maintenance mechanics and industrial electricians. Depending on how much specialized work there is on any given day, mechanics and electricians are often seen performing general maintenance work as well.

Skills you need to be a good maintenance technician

As a maintenance technician, you’ll need to possess a few specific traits and skills to be successful.

(And if you’re a manager, these are skills you’ll want to help your team cultivate).

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1) Problem-solving skills

No technician’s skillset is complete without basic troubleshooting ability. As a maintenance technician, you need to finish assignments as soon as possible to reach predefined production numbers. It doesn’t matter whether there’s an unplanned breakdown or scheduled downtime.

You will quickly learn that the solution to a problem is not always readily apparent. To find the solution, you will have to go through a series of steps:

  1. Gather information
  2. Synthesize it
  3. Draw conclusions
  4. Execute a solution

Maintenance checklists can help streamline some maintenance processes and repairs, but plenty of situations don’t match any template. You will have to inspect the breakdown, check maintenance history, talk with machine operators, and take all of this information into account to correctly diagnose the cause of failure and perform needed corrective actions.

2) Broad technical knowledge

Maintenance technicians are often expected to be the jack-of-all-trades. Your tasks often require you to know a little bit of everything. Having a basic knowledge of how to use standard hand tools and power tools will come in handy as you shift from one task to the next.

On top of that, if you want to become a strong addition to your maintenance team you’ll need to put in extra effort to learn the ins and outs of all of the machines on the plant floor — something which industrial maintenance technicians are very familiar with.

Having the skills to work independently means you will pick things up faster and won’t have to be watched over as much in their early days (which will make your manager very happy).

3) Attention to detail

When you’re dealing with technical issues daily, having a well thought out approach and the ability to focus on minor details is highly beneficial.

Imagine this. A critical piece of equipment has an unexpected breakdown. You need to step in quickly to not only ensure the equipment gets back up and running fast, but also that no one gets injured. Carefully following safety protocols (like LOTO procedures) is essential. Missing a step could mean bad news for everyone.

It’s often small issues that are missed that create larger problems. When you have great attention to detail, you create a safer working environment for yourself and your coworkers.

Bonus: It will benefit the company’s bottom line by catching problems before they become a bigger issue (this should get you some bonus points with your manager).

4) Physical ability

Being a maintenance technician can be physically demanding. You cannot be someone who is hesitant to get your hands dirty. The job often requires you to work in awkward positions, carry heavy objects, spend lots of time on your feet, repeatedly climb up and down stairs, and so on.

Being focused and alert during your shifts and overtime work is also not easy if you’re in poor physical shape.

It goes without saying that being good with your hands and having strong manual dexterity is a big plus. You won’t be defusing bombs, but will definitely feel like that a few times throughout your career.

5) Basic computer skills

More and more organizations are moving from reactive to preventive maintenance. They are using modern CMMS solutions like Limble to make that transition as smooth as possible.

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This means that you need to know how to use a mobile phone to read work orders, track work notifications, log performed maintenance work, etc. That being said, the responsibility of the CMMS provider is to ensure that their software is easy to use in the first place.

Here at Limble, simplicity is one of our key goals. Limble is a mobile-friendly CMMS that will let you automate your work management, which means you’ll be able to work faster, ditch the busywork, and help the company save money (which will make your boss happy).

To learn more about a CMMS, check out our What is a CMMS System and How Does it Work guide.

6) Patience

Patience and people skills are not something you will often find on the list for technical job positions, but that doesn’t make them any less critical.

Finding the root cause of a specific breakdown is not always going to be easy. Dealing with constant interruptions in a reactive environment can be very annoying. Improvised solutions that result from not having the proper tools or parts won’t often work on the first try.

It is much easier to deal with these kinds of problems if you can remain calm and patient.

Sometimes, you may have to deal with work requests from machine operators and people from other departments with unrealistic expectations. Patience will also come in handy in these situations as you work to resolve the issue and teach others what they can expect in the future.

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7) Communication skills

Strong communication skills are very important in the world of maintenance. It’s imperative that you’re able to excel in both verbal and written communication.

It’s also important that you’re able to provide clear instruction. This ensures that repairs are completed quickly and accurately.

Not only do you need to be able to communicate effectively, but you also need to be able to interpret others’ communication properly. This will help you to more quickly comprehend instructions/directions as you read through manuals, documents, plans, and work orders.

How much money can a maintenance technician make?

A maintenance technician salary depends on several factors. Here are just a few:

  • The industry you work for
  • The size of the organization you work for
  • Years of experience under your belt

In our research, we found that entry-level positions at smaller organizations start at around $30k/year, while experienced technicians at top companies can earn upwards of $70k/year. Translated into hourly pay, the range is roughly between $15 and $22 per hour.

You are probably more interested in the average yearly salary. Here is what the big job platforms say about yearly salary for the US market:

  • Payscale says that the average hourly wage for maintenance technicians is $19.22, putting the annual salary at about $40k. There’s potential for higher earnings with bonuses and overtime.
  • suggests that the average installation and maintenance technician salary is just over $59k/year.
  • Indeed says that the average hourly wage is around $19.47, putting the annual salary at about $40k with an additional $7k earned by working overtime.

Glassdoor puts the average base pay at $45k per year, with salaries varying somewhat across different industries.

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Average maintenance technician salary in the United States. Updated Nov. 2021. Source: Glassdoor

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Employers should definitely be on the lookout for new ways of attracting qualified workforce to combat the aging workforce and prevent labor shortage.

Getting your first job as a maintenance technician

You know you’re good with your hands, you’re a great problem solver, and you get a lot of satisfaction from doing things right the first time. You’re confident this would make you a great maintenance technician, but how do you get a job doing something you’ve never done before?

Here are a few tips to help you get your foot in the door as a maintenance technician.

1) Non-professional experiences count!

Experience doesn’t always have to be formal and it doesn’t always have to be in the classroom to make an impact on your career. There are so many ways you can get hands-on, non-professional experience.

Here are a few examples of non-professional experience that lay a solid foundation for the beginning of your maintenance technician career.

  • Classes you took in high school through school or community education. Did you take a small engines class? Or maybe you took a class in landscaping, manufacturing, or even welding. Any beginner class is a great example of your interest and shows that you have the basic knowledge you need to get started in a maintenance tech career.
  • A machine/appliance you fixed up for a friend. Have you ever helped a friend or acquaintance fix their car? How about a toilet? Light fixture? Having experience diagnosing and fixing even small machines or appliances is the perfect start to your career! (Pro tip: Use this friend as a reference on your resume)!
  • A side-hustle helping neighbors maintain their vehicles. Maybe you’ve started a side-hustle bringing in a little extra money by helping your neighbors maintain their vehicles. This is invaluable hands-on experience that perfectly prepares you for a career in maintenance.
  • A summer job you had as a teen. Did you mow the lawn for a little extra cash as a teen? I bet you had to fix your lawn mower from time to time, right? Other summer jobs that might provide non-professional experience are car washes, auto body shops, landscaping companies, etc.

2) Leverage your networking skills

Ok, we know! Networking is a scary word, but it’s not as hard as it seems!

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It also provides benefits beyond finding job opportunities. A few additional benefits of networking include expanding your knowledge, gaining a mentor/advisor to help you along in your career, and building confidence.

There are many ways to successfully network in both professional and personal settings. Below are just a couple suggestions to help you get started.

Industry groups

Industry groups are a great way to get connected quickly with like minded people. The following are examples of professional groups you can join based on your interest/speciality.

iATN – International Automotive Technicians Network:

  • iATN provides an interactive environment where you can learn from your peers, search millions of real-world discussions and repairs, discover how to work more efficiently, and study best practices.
  • Qualifications to join: 4 years of experience or ASE certification
  • Cost: $0 – $45/month, cost varies depending on your level of membership

BIN – Business Industrial Network:

  • BIN offers industrial training products, resources, and classes in industrial maintenance, engineering training, and other vocational education. With over a hundred industrial training products, you won’t have a hard time finding the training that works best for you.
  • Qualifications to join: None
  • Cost: No upfront membership fees, trainings/resources priced individually

FSETA – Flight Simulator Engineer and Technician Association

  • FSETA is an international accreditation and training program for flight simulator technical maintenance personnel that provides formal recognition and a specialized technical training guide for maintainers of qualified flight simulation training devices (FSTD’s) all over the world.
  • Qualifications to join: None
  • Cost: $100 – $325, One time fee varies depending on membership level

PHCC – Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association:

  • PHCC provides legislative advocacy, education and training to approximately 3,300 plumbing and HVACR open shop and union businesses and 65,000 technicians.
  • Qualifications to join: Own or work for a business in the field
  • Cost: $1000 annually (This covers a whole business/company, so all employees automatically become members)


If you do nothing else to network, make sure you’re on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a simple way to take the “work” out of networking.

If you don’t already have a LinkedIn account, your first step is to sign up. Once you sign up with an account, you will want to connect with everyone you know. Think friends, family, past/current co-workers and bosses, classmates, neighbors, etc. Then comes the fun part – get active!

Here’s a few tips to help you expand your network:

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  • Join job search groups and start making connections
  • Connect with people with a title you’re working towards
  • Connect with the colleagues and professionals you already know
  • Ask for recommendations from your contacts to include on your profile

3) Complete an apprenticeship or internship

Hands-on experience in a real world environment goes a long way to proving you have what it takes to be a good employee. Finding an apprenticeship or internship is similar to finding a job.

Just like in a job search, networking is a fantastic tool when searching for an apprenticeship or internship. The more people you’re connected to, the more opportunities that will open up for you, but networking is not the end all be all.

Many apprenticeships/internships are listed on job boards like Indeed, Monster, Glassdoor, etc. that you can search for and apply to directly. Or, you may find that you can secure an entry-level job that provides on-the-job training in lieu of an apprenticeship/internship all together.

4) Consider getting some technical training

Advancing your career may require a certification or credential of some kind. Depending on the specialty you’re interested in, there are a variety of maintenance technician programs that provide great training opportunities.

We’ll talk more about these in detail in a little bit, but a great place to start your search would be at your local technical college. (They can provide you with information about financial aid opportunities as well).

5) Prepare for the interview

Update your resume and cover letter. If you don’t know where to begin, check out CNET’s suggestions for best resume writing services for 2021. Additionally, having a mentor give you feedback, searching for profiles with similar job titles on LinkedIn, and reading our blog facility maintenance resumes to inspire you are all great ways to start or improve your resume and cover letter.

It’s also important that you prepare answers to commonly asked questions: What type of training do you have? How do you solve problems that arise unexpectedly?, and Why are you applying to this position? Head over to glassdoor to find a more extensive list of the 50 most common interview questions.

Getting a promotion: From “technician” to “manager

Looking to level up your job title? There are several specialty maintenance roles to choose from, but not all specialties are created equal — especially when it comes to career development and training.

You can start most entry level maintenance jobs with a high school diploma or GED. While additional training may not be required to move forward in your career, it is often helpful.

We’ve outlined five specialty maintenance jobs below along with required training, median wage, and overall earning potential. Wage information was taken from

1) Plumbing maintenance

  • Training required: No specific training is required, but you must be licensed in your state (requirements vary by state, check your state’s department of labor for specifics)
  • Median wage: $76,159/yr
  • Earning potential: $96,675/yr

2) Electrical maintenance

  • Training required: No specific training is required, but you must be licensed in your state (requirements vary by state, check your state’s department of labor for specifics)
  • Median wage: $75,789/yr
  • Earning potential: $96,901/yr

3) HVAC maintenance

  • Training required: Most HVAC technician jobs will require, at minimum, one of the three trainings: Certificate, Associate degree, or an Apprenticeship. You must also be licensed with the EPA to work with refrigerants. Check your state’s department of labor for other licensing requirements.
  • Median wage: $23.41/hr
  • Earning potential: $31.78/hr

4) Groundskeeping maintenance

  • Training required: Many groundskeepers receive on the job training, but most employers will expect some level of post-secondary training. A license is also required in most states. Check your state’s department of labor for specifics on licensing requirements.
  • Median wage: $14.09/hr
  • Earning potential: $18.47/hr

5) Machinery and building maintenance

  • Training required: Generally speaking, an associate degree will be enough for someone to get started as a building maintenance technician, but additional training is never a bad thing! (To see some specific training suggestions, check out our blog on the 10 best facility maintenance training courses)
  • Median wage: $63,933/yr
  • Earning potential: $91,672/yr

It’s a good idea to continue training throughout your career to ensure you stay on top of rapidly changing technologies. Depending on the amount of training you would like to do, more doors may open for your career as well.

Maintenance technicians are the foundation of every maintenance department

An organization can have expensive machines, perfect inventory control, and superb maintenance plans and schedules, but it’s the technicians on the ground doing the work that keep things running. The world runs on the work of maintenance technicians.

The work you do every day as a maintenance technician is essential to keeping a business functioning. Because of this, it’s important to lighten your mental load as much as possible because when your job is easier you can do your job better, get the recognition you so deserve (i.e. A promotion or raise), and improve your quality of life. Limble is a tool that can help you do that.

Limble CMMS makes your life easier by…

  • Having an easy-to-use system that members across the company can utilize
  • Supporting proper training and onboarding practices
  • Ensuring maintenance work is completed on time
  • Follows industry best practices

If you’re interested in testing out Limble CMMS for yourself, here are a few ways to get started:

  • Start a free trial
  • Request a demo
  • Try our self demo

Proper maintenance training and onboarding, supported with an easy-to-use CMMS, will go a long way to ensure that the maintenance work is finished on time and follows the industry’s best practices.

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What are the skills of a maintenance technician? ›

Maintenance Technician roles will typically be looking for the skills previously outlined:
  • Attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Written communication skills.
  • Proactive.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • IT skills.
  • Team working.
  • Time management.

What are the responsibilities of maintenance? ›


Inspects and identifies equipment or machines in need of repair. Troubleshoots issues to determine necessary repairs. Plans repair work using buildings blueprints or equipment manual as needed. Performs general repairs that do not require a specialized technician.

What are the technician responsibilities? ›

Technicians are skilled professionals employed in almost every industry. They repair, install, replace, and service different systems and equipment. Technicians typically work alongside other skilled workers and should be able to read instructions and communicate effectively.

What are the responsibilities of a maintenance mechanic? ›

  • Conduct preventive maintenance to mechanical devices.
  • Detect malfunctions through observation (sound or visual)
  • Run diagnostic tests to ensure system functionality.
  • Repair broken or faulty machine parts.
  • Perform emergency repairs.
  • Choose appropriate materials based on mechanical needs.

What are technical skills? ›

Technical skills are the specialized knowledge and expertise required to perform specific tasks and use specific tools and programs in real world situations. Diverse technical skills are required in just about every field and industry, from IT and business administration to health care and education.

WHAT IS technician skill? ›

A maintenance technician requires expertise in various tools, systems and equipment. Employers prefer candidates who can diagnose mechanical problems and perform troubleshooting and repair various power and hand tools. These professionals require proficiency in routine and emergency maintenance calls.

What is a general maintenance technician? ›

General maintenance and repair workers fix and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They paint, repair flooring, and work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems.

What are the types of maintenance? ›

The 6 different types are; Predetermined Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Corrective Maintenance, Condition-based Maintenance, Predictive Maintenance and Reactive Maintenance.

How do I write a resume for a maintenance technician? ›

How to write a maintenance technician resume
  1. Choose a resume template. ...
  2. Include your contact information. ...
  3. Review the job description or job posting. ...
  4. Make a list of all of your past jobs. ...
  5. Identify your key skills. ...
  6. Verify licenses or certifications. ...
  7. Write a summary. ...
  8. Put your information into the template.

What is the job title for maintenance? ›

Maintenance Technician Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications. A Maintenance Technician, or Maintenance Mechanic, is in charge of performing ongoing facility maintenance and completing repairs on equipment.

What is an example of a technician? ›

The definition of a technician is a person whose job or training involves a specific technical process, or is someone skilled or trained in a specific art or craft. An example of a technician is a person who works in a lab and who runs a machine that separates bacteria from blood samples in order to test for illness.

Who is responsibility for machinery repair? ›

The maintenance mechanic job specializes in the upkeep and repair of industrial equipment. The role is typically reserved for those with a passion for motors, technology, and finely-tuned machinery. The maintenance mechanic ensures that their employer's equipment is in good operating condition and performing properly.

What is preventive maintenance technician job description? ›

A preventive maintenance technician performs routine facility maintenance to prevent possible mechanical failure. The technicians change worn out machine parts before they can cause mechanical damage. They keep the facility operating.

What is the difference between maintenance mechanic and maintenance technician? ›

Maintenance mechanics, while they are more specialized, focus on one singular area: machines and mechanical equipment. “Maintenance technician,” on the other hand, is a more general label. A technician might work with machinery, or they might work in apartments patching walls and fixing piping.

What are your top 3 skills? ›

Top skills employers look for
  1. Communication skills. Communication skills are needed in virtually any job. ...
  2. Leadership skills. ...
  3. Teamwork skills. ...
  4. Interpersonal skills. ...
  5. Learning/adaptability skills. ...
  6. Self-management skills. ...
  7. Organizational skills. ...
  8. Computer skills.

What is a skill example? ›

For example: Good communication skills. Critical thinking. Working well in a team.

What are my personal skills? ›

Personal skills are abilities that help people positively interact with one another. Sometimes called interpersonal skills or people skills, personal skills are soft skills. That means people acquire them naturally or through practise, rather than formal study.

How can I be good at maintenance? ›

4 Essential Skills Any Maintenance Technician Should Have
  1. Problem Solving. A maintenance engineer will spend their workday being faced with problem after problem. ...
  2. Physical Ability. Facilities maintenance is a physically demanding job. ...
  3. Attention to Detail. ...
  4. Versatility.
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How do I prepare for a maintenance technician interview? ›

Questions about experience and background
  1. How long have you worked in maintenance?
  2. What qualifies you for this job?
  3. What type of training have you completed?
  4. What were some of your previous responsibilities?
  5. Do you have experience leading a team?
  6. How would your previous employer describe you?
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What is preventive maintenance? ›

Preventive maintenance (or preventative maintenance) is maintenance that is regularly and routinely performed on physical assets to reduce the chances of equipment failure and unplanned machine downtime that can be very costly for maintenance teams and facility managers.

What is simple maintenance? ›

Simple Maintenance uses a tree structure, which allows you to create a basic framework for organizational plans, using streamlined procedures. In this way, you can create your organizational and reporting structures step by step.

What are the 4 types of maintenance? ›

4 types of maintenance strategy, which one to chose?
  • Corrective maintenance.
  • Preventive maintenance.
  • Risk-based maintenance.
  • Condition-based maintenance.

What is a good objective for a maintenance technician resume? ›

Your objective should emphasize your technical skills, along with your ability to communicate effectively, manage time well and prioritize tasks. Your general problem-solving skills and ability to adapt to new equipment or procedures should also be emphasized in your objective.

What is a good objective for a maintenance resume? ›

Use your objective to highlight features that set you apart from other candidates. This may include how many years of experience you have in the field, special mechanical or technical skills, education or notable projects. Include relevant skills and abilities.

What is a good objective for a technician resume? ›

1. Seeking a challenging mid-level field technician position with ABC company to utilize superior communication and troubleshooting skills for company growth. 2. A fresh candidate seeking entry-level field technician employment with ABC company to gain valuable skills and experience to career growth.

What skills should a maintenance worker have to work effectively? ›

Examples of maintenance skills
  • Technical skills. ...
  • Interpersonal and communication skills. ...
  • Attention to detail. ...
  • Problem-solving skills. ...
  • Administrative and organizational skills. ...
  • Physical ability. ...
  • Flexibility and versatility. ...
  • Advanced skills.

What is a skill example? ›

For example: Good communication skills. Critical thinking. Working well in a team.

What are the skills of a mechanic? ›

Below are eight soft skills that should make you a good mechanic candidate, along with a list of hard skills that most employers will look for: Problem solving. Detail-oriented. Efficient.
  • Problem solving. ...
  • Detail-oriented. ...
  • Efficient. ...
  • Organized. ...
  • Administrative skills. ...
  • Computers. ...
  • Learning. ...
  • Communication.

What is skill maintenance and development? ›

Ensure a person's skill development or skill maintenance plan includes appropriate services and learning processes that support the person's individual needs. This enables the person to maximise their potential in the areas identified by their individual goals.

WHAT IS technician maintenance? ›

A Maintenance Technician is responsible for performing general maintenance and repairs on equipment and assets, assists with the installation of equipment and manages the upkeep of tools, equipment and machinery.

What qualification and skill are needed for works in maintenance department? ›

Maintenance employees are expected to have sufficient knowledge of basic operating principles, safety requirements, and technical specifications. Having this specific technical expertise allows for employees to effectively inspect, troubleshoot, and rectify issues that may arise within the workday.

What is your best skills answer? ›

Sample Answer: “I have very good organizational and time management skills, but my greatest strength is my ability to effectively handle multiple projects and deadlines.” Sample Answer: “My strength is my flexibility to handle change.

How do I write about my skills? ›

Compare your skills to what employers want

Assess your ability in each skill as accurately as you can. Ask yourself if you have used this skill a little or a lot. For each skill, write a sentence showing how you've used that skill. Then write a sentence showing how you could use that skill in the job you would like.

What are your top 3 skills? ›

Top skills employers look for
  1. Communication skills. Communication skills are needed in virtually any job. ...
  2. Leadership skills. ...
  3. Teamwork skills. ...
  4. Interpersonal skills. ...
  5. Learning/adaptability skills. ...
  6. Self-management skills. ...
  7. Organizational skills. ...
  8. Computer skills.

What are 3 types of skills? ›

There are three types of skills: functional, self-management and special knowledge. Functional skills are abilities or talents that are inherited at birth and developed through experience and learning. Examples are: making decisions, repairing machines or calculating taxes.

What are general skills? ›

Skills can often be divided into domain-general and domain-specific skills. For example, in the domain of work, some general skills would include time management, teamwork and leadership, self-motivation and others, whereas domain-specific skills would be used only for a certain job.

How do I write a resume for a maintenance technician? ›

How to write a maintenance technician resume
  1. Choose a resume template. ...
  2. Include your contact information. ...
  3. Review the job description or job posting. ...
  4. Make a list of all of your past jobs. ...
  5. Identify your key skills. ...
  6. Verify licenses or certifications. ...
  7. Write a summary. ...
  8. Put your information into the template.

How do you describe maintenance on a resume? ›

Example General Maintenance Worker Job Description
  • Perform cleaning duties, including washing windows and vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, and stripping and buffing floors.
  • Maintain, clean, and service equipment.
  • Inspect for and repair damage to building surfaces.
  • Check safety systems.
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