What does a Maintenance Mechanic do?

A maintenance mechanic is responsible for the upkeep of buildings and mechanical systems, such as heating and cooling systems. In some cases, maintenance mechanics split their time between repair, maintenance, and the installation of system components and office hours. Additionally, maintenance mechanics are expected to perform emergency repairs, which necessitates the ability to troubleshoot promptly. Maintenance mechanics typically work with large production machines, usually in factories.

A high school diploma along with successful completion of a vocational school is suitable for maintenance mechanic positions though more complex tasks may require additional licenses. Successful maintenance mechanics possess excellent computer, mechanical and troubleshooting skills.

  • Install, assemble and test new machines and equipment
  • Schedule and perform routine preventative maintenance and service for each piece of equipment
  • Inspect machines regularly for signs of malfunctions, including visual and sound inspections
  • Use a variety of power and hand tools to perform job functions
  • Complete repairs and parts replacements
  • Work effectively with other team members in a loud environment
  • Repair, install, adjust or maintain machines or vehicles
  • Complete written record of work performed
  • Successful trade or vocational school completion
  • Associate's degree in mechanical, electrical or engineering specialties (preferred)
  • 2 years experience in one or more of the building trades
  • Valid driver's license
  • Strong mechanical and manufacturing experience
  • Ability to walk, stand, and lift heavy objects for an extended period of time
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to act competently in emergencies
  • Working knowledge of two or more trades
EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Maintenance Mechanic Salaries

Average Base Pay

$63,883 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$46K
Median: $64K
$89K
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Maintenance Mechanic Career Path

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Maintenance Mechanic Insights

Read what Maintenance Mechanic professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
INDI EVINDI EV
Mechanical Technician
Sep. 8, 2021

“Everyone here is nice and go above and beyond to help you any way they can.”

HalliburtonHalliburton
Mechanical Fitter
Sep. 10, 2020

“Opportunity to progress and further your career if you show interest and willingness to apply yourself in new roles and responsibilities”

KONEKONE
Trained Fitter
Jan. 28, 2021

“The pay structure is based on a basic salary and then a supplementary pay to top this up.”

Neenah FoundryNeenah Foundry
Maintenance Mechanic
Jan. 11, 2021

“There is no life outside of this place when you have to work every day.”

Tyson FoodsTyson Foods
General Maintenance Mechanic
Mar. 25, 2021

“This day I spoke with Hr and that same Supervisor along with another green hat.”

G-Tech Elevator Associates
Maintenance Mechanic
Dec. 3, 2021

“Good good good good good”

Atul Auto
Fitter
Aug. 19, 2021

“Good good good good good”

MANN+HUMMELMANN+HUMMEL
Maintenance Mechanic
May 4, 2021

“Close to home and pay pretty good”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a maintenance mechanic

When working as a maintenance mechanic, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are PLC Programming, MS Office Applications, Excellent Communication, Exhaust Systems and English Language.

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

The most common qualifications to become a maintenance mechanic is a minimum of a GED / High School Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.