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Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

Perform work involving the skills of two or more maintenance or craft occupations to keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of a building in repair. Duties may involve pipe fitting; HVAC maintenance; insulating; welding; machining; carpentry; repairing electrical or mechanical equipment; installing, aligning, and balancing new equipment; and repairing buildings, floors, or stairs.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Perform routine maintenance, such as inspecting drives, motors, or belts, checking fluid levels, replacing filters, or doing other preventive maintenance actions.
    • Inspect, operate, or test machinery or equipment to diagnose machine malfunctions.
    • Adjust functional parts of devices or control instruments, using hand tools, levels, plumb bobs, or straightedges.
    • Order parts, supplies, or equipment from catalogs or suppliers.
    • Perform routine maintenance on boilers, such as replacing burners or hoses, installing replacement parts, or reinforcing structural weaknesses to ensure optimal boiler efficiency.
    • Diagnose mechanical problems and determine how to correct them, checking blueprints, repair manuals, or parts catalogs, as necessary.
    • Test and treat water supply.
    • Design new equipment to aid in the repair or maintenance of machines, mechanical equipment, or building structures.
    • Assemble, install, or repair wiring, electrical or electronic components, pipe systems, plumbing, machinery, or equipment.
    • Clean or lubricate shafts, bearings, gears, or other parts of machinery.
    • Provide groundskeeping services, such as landscaping or snow removal.
    • Record type and cost of maintenance or repair work.
    • Estimate costs to repair machinery, equipment, or building structures.
    • Maintain or repair specialized equipment or machinery located in cafeterias, laundries, hospitals, stores, offices, or factories.
    • Operate cutting torches or welding equipment to cut or join metal parts.
    • Align and balance new equipment after installation.
    • Dismantle machines, equipment, or devices to access and remove defective parts, using hoists, cranes, hand tools, or power tools.
    • Inspect used parts to determine changes in dimensional requirements, using rules, calipers, micrometers, or other measuring instruments.
    • Plan and lay out repair work, using diagrams, drawings, blueprints, maintenance manuals, or schematic diagrams.
    • Install equipment to improve the energy or operational efficiency of residential or commercial buildings.
    • Assemble boilers at installation sites, using tools such as levels, plumb bobs, hammers, torches, or other hand tools.
    • Set up and operate machine tools to repair or fabricate machine parts, jigs, fixtures, or tools.
    • Perform general cleaning of buildings or properties.
    • Train or manage maintenance personnel or subcontractors.
    • Lay brick to repair or maintain buildings, walls, arches, or other structures.
    • Fabricate or repair counters, benches, partitions, or other wooden structures, such as sheds or outbuildings.
    • Paint or repair roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, plaster, drywall, or other parts of building structures.
    • Position, attach, or blow insulating materials to prevent energy losses from buildings, pipes, or other structures or objects.
    • Grind and reseat valves, using valve-grinding machines.

    Skills

    • Equipment Maintenance

      Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

    • Troubleshooting

      Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    Knowledge

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 41530/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 19.97/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 57,530
    • Yearly Projected Openings 5,890

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Self Control
    • Independence
    • Cooperation

    Tools

    • Pullers
    • Power saws
    • Power drills
    • Pipe or tube cutter
    • Drain or pipe cleaning equipment

    Technology

    • Operating system software
    • Industrial control software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software

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    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
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