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Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

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

    Work Activities
    • Inspect, operate, or test machinery or equipment to diagnose machine malfunctions.
    • Dismantle machines, equipment, or devices to access and remove defective parts, using hoists, cranes, hand tools, or power tools.
    • Perform routine maintenance, such as inspecting drives, motors, or belts, checking fluid levels, replacing filters, or doing other preventive maintenance actions.
    • Diagnose mechanical problems and determine how to correct them, checking blueprints, repair manuals, or parts catalogs, as necessary.
    • Repair machines, equipment, or structures, using tools such as hammers, hoists, saws, drills, wrenches, or equipment such as precision measuring instruments or electrical or electronic testing devices.
    • Maintain or repair specialized equipment or machinery located in cafeterias, laundries, hospitals, stores, offices, or factories.
    • Assemble boilers at installation sites, using tools such as levels, plumb bobs, hammers, torches, or other hand tools.
    • Assemble, install, or repair wiring, electrical or electronic components, pipe systems, plumbing, machinery, or equipment.
    • Test and treat water supply.
    • Clean or lubricate shafts, bearings, gears, or other parts of machinery.
    • Adjust functional parts of devices or control instruments, using hand tools, levels, plumb bobs, or straightedges.
    • Perform routine maintenance on boilers, such as replacing burners or hoses, installing replacement parts, or reinforcing structural weaknesses to ensure optimal boiler efficiency.
    • Order parts, supplies, or equipment from catalogs or suppliers.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Paint or repair roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, plaster, drywall, or other parts of building structures.
    • Align and balance new equipment after installation.
    • Provide groundskeeping services, such as landscaping or snow removal.
    • Operate cutting torches or welding equipment to cut or join metal parts.
    • Inspect used parts to determine changes in dimensional requirements, using rules, calipers, micrometers, or other measuring instruments.
    • Record type and cost of maintenance or repair work.
    • Fabricate or repair counters, benches, partitions, or other wooden structures, such as sheds or outbuildings.
    • Estimate costs to repair machinery, equipment, or 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.
    • Design new equipment to aid in the repair or maintenance of machines, mechanical equipment, or building structures.
    • Lay brick to repair or maintain buildings, walls, arches, or other structures.
    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.

    • 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.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    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.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $39,830/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $19.15/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 56,260
    • Yearly Projected Openings 5,900
    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
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Dependability
    • Independence
    • Self Control
    Tools
    • Pullers
    • Power saws
    • Power drills
    • Pipe or tube cutter
    • Drain or pipe cleaning equipment
    Technology
    • Project management software
    • Operating system software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.