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How to become a Maintenance Manager

The steps to become a maintenance manager vary depending on the kind of property you choose to maintain. Some maintenance managers first get a high school diploma, then undertake an apprenticeship or study at a trade school, while others need a bachelor's degree in chemical or industrial engineering, if their work will be specialized. All maintenance managers must obtain many years of experience in entry-level maintenance before becoming managers.

How to become: Maintenance Supervisor · Facilities Manager · Facility Supervisor · Building Maintenance · Director of Facilities
These qualifications are required: Driver's License · HVAC Certification · Certified Pool Operator
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What skills help Maintenance Managers find jobs?

  • Budgeting
  • CMMS
  • Communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Computer skills
  • Customer service
  • English
  • HVAC
  • Industrial maintenance
  • Leadership
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Maintenance
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Career progression for Maintenance Manager

Education levels for Maintenance Managers

Based on the requirements of Maintenance Manager job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
High school diploma or GED55.1%
Associate's degree21.5%
Bachelor's degree19.4%
Master's degree4.1%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Maintenance Manager in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$39,300
4 - 8$42,800
8 - 12$52,800
12 - 16$57,600
16 - 20$60,800
20 - 24$62,800
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Common qualifications for Maintenance Managers

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Certified Pool Operator

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  • Driver's License
  • HVAC Certification
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Common questions about career advices for a Maintenance Manager

How much experience do you need to become a maintenance manager?

Though there is no standard minimum in terms of experience, most building owners and property managers prefer maintenance managers who have at least five years of on the job experience. The more time a maintenance manager has spent becoming familiar with different kinds of equipment and facility upkeep, the better they can function as a manager.

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Do you need to go to college to become a maintenance manager?

Larger businesses and properties in more specialized industries may require maintenance managers to have a bachelor's degree, either in engineering, facility management or business administration. Small to mid-size companies will often hire maintenance managers with just a high school diploma. However, they prefer maintenance managers that have taken vocational courses and have plenty of work experience.

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What skills should a maintenance manager have?

Besides mechanical skills and a basic understanding of engineering, a maintenance manager should have good communication and time management skills. This is because most maintenance managers will be juggling several projects and issues at the same time, and also need to delegate to a large team of technicians.

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