What does a Maintenance Technician do?

A maintenance technician is responsible for conducting general maintenance and repairs on facility equipment and property structures. They ensure that heating and plumbing systems perform at optimum functionality, the installations HVAC and, the upkeep of the landscape. Essentially, the goal of a maintenance technician is to maintain the facilities and common areas in the best possible condition. Maintenance technicians can work in a variety of settings including commercial and residential buildings.

Generally, maintenance technicians have a high school diploma or with a certification in HVAC or building maintenance technology. Successful maintenance technicians are detail oriented with strong manual dexterity and problem-solving skills.

What responsibilities are common for Maintenance Technician jobs?
  • Respond quickly in the event of an emergency, notify appropriate personnel and follow safety protocol
  • Conduct maintenance of electrical systems
  • Survey buildings and repair mechanical systems to ensure they are consistent with health and safety regulations
  • Support the setup of ventilation, refrigeration and other systems and conduct repairs when necessary
  • Aid in budget development and ensure it is followed
  • Maintain heating and plumbing systems to ensure functionality
  • Inspect alarm systems such as carbon dioxide and fire protection and quickly schedule repairs when needed
  • Undertake activities of pest control such as spraying insecticide
What are the typical qualifications for Maintenance Technician jobs?
  • Basic understanding of electrical, hydraulic and other systems
  • Demonstrated experience as a maintenance technician
  • Physically capable of lifting 50 pounds
  • Strong understanding of general maintenance processes and methods
  • Experienced in operating a variety of equipment, including snow blowers, lawn mowers, and small hand tools
  • Working knowledge of tools, common appliances, and devices
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • EPA technician certification required
  • Excellent manual dexterity and problem-solving skills
EducationAssociate's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Maintenance Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$2,329 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $2K
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Maintenance Technician Career Path

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

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Maintenance Technician IV
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Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7
Not including years spent in education and/or training

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Read what Maintenance Technician professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Progress ResidentialProgress Residential
Maintenance Technician III
5 Mar 2022

“The job is great and the residents are awesome and the pay is on the mark for what I do”

Astro Manufacturing & DesignAstro Manufacturing & Design
Preventative Maintenance Technician
21 Feb 2021

“Really great guy who is willing to teach and is great at it as well.”

Compass GroupCompass Group
FIFO Utility Worker
3 Aug 2021

“I was very clearly liked by my team and told I was a good worker multiple times.”

Kemps LLCKemps LLC
Maintenance Technician
25 Nov 2020

“great benefits; 401k and health insurance are some of the best in the area.”

WC Heating, Air Conditioning & PlumbingWC Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing
Maintenance Technician
10 Sept 2021

“Good pay plus you got to take your van home and not worry about gas price to work everyday”

Baker YoungBaker Young
Maintenance Tech
26 Jul 2021

“Pay was pretty good and had consistent 40 hour work weeks and had solid vacation and sick days.”

JTEKT North AmericaJTEKT North America
Industrial Maintenance Technician
12 Apr 2021

“No two days are the same and this is an excellent place to grow in your career.”

Maintenance Tech
3 Mar 2023

“The people are great and everyone is there to work and get the job done.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Maintenance Technician

When working as a Maintenance Technician, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are PLC, English Language, Exhaust Systems, Written Communication and Excellent Customer Service.

The most similar professions to Maintenance Technician are:
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Maintenance Manager
  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Operations Manager

The most common qualifications to become a Maintenance Technician is a minimum of a Associate's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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Maintenance Engineer
No skills overlap
Maintenance Manager
13% skills overlap
Maintenance Mechanic
25% skills overlap
Operations Manager
13% skills overlap

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