What does a Maintenance Technician do?

A maintenance technician installs, maintains, repairs, assembles and disassembles machinery in industries, power stations, factories, refineries, construction sites and hospitals. Responsibilities assigned to maintenance technicians depend on the company's size. A maintenance technician working for a small company can handle multiple tasks, but a maintenance technician working in a large company may have specialized tasks assigned to him.

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Working as a Maintenance Technician

Maintenance technician responsibilities depend on the sector they work in. Below are some responsibilities they handle:

  • Keep a record of any maintenance, malfunction and repairs carried out in the machinery for future references
  • Pinpoint possible faults in machines and do preventative and proactive repairs and maintenance on them
  • Run quality assurance tests on machinery manufactured in the company or those bought from outside to assess their performance levels
  • Take part in machinery installation by supporting the engineers doing it, while learning how it works from them
  • Ensure staff working in close proximity with the machinery are authorized to be there and adhere to the safety precautions listed
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How much does a Maintenance Technician make in the United States?

100.3k salaries reported, updated at July 20, 2021
$18.82
per hour

The average salary for a maintenance technician is $18.82 per hour in the United States and $6,750 overtime per year.

Overtime
$6,750
per year

Most common benefits

  • 401(k) matching
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • 401(k)
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What other positions are similar to a maintenance technician?

Positions similar to a maintenance technician include:

  • Plant Maintenance Technicians: These run, supervise and monitor operations of plant manufacturing machinery, like conveyor belts, motors, bearing, shafts and electrical systems.
  • Public Works Maintenance Technicians: During large infrastructure projects, these technicians inspect truck fleets, excavators and pulleys, to ensure they are safe and in good working conditions. They do manual labor like road and drainage repairs, operate road maintenance equipment, do plumbing and trim flower beds and weed parks in public places.
  • Building Maintenance Technicians: These technicians inspect daily and do routine repairs on commercial and industrial properties. They keep records of properties' occupants and building materials used for repairs.
  • Facilities Maintenance Technicians: These technicians do plumbing, carpentry, air conditioners and fire systems maintenance, painting, electrical work and primary engineering in buildings. They also inspect buildings from time to time to assess their conditions.
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