Skilled General Maintenance Technician

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Facilities Maintenance Mechanic, Facility Mechanic, Field Service Engineer, Field Service Technician, Installation Technician, Maintenance Associate, Maintenance Journeyman, Maintenance Person, Maintenance Worker, Mechanic-Passenger Amenities, Repair Technician, Service Technician, Utility System Operator, Utility System Repairer

Skilled general maintenance technicians are responsible for maintaining transit facilities. This includes installing, renovating, constructing, repairing, maintaining, and conducting preventative maintenance inspections of bus and rail facilities. Maintenance technicians install, renovate, construct, repair, maintain, and inspect facilities involving electrical, mechanical, heating, cooling, plumbing, pneumatic, hydraulic, or piping systems. Maintenance technicians perform electrical, electronic, mechanical, plumbing, and general HVAC work on all passenger amenities. They operate heavy equipment, including vehicle-mounted cranes, forklifts, concrete corer earth augers, man lifts, backhoes, and tampers.

Maintenance technicians must be able to read and interpret blueprints, schematics, and technical manuals pertaining to facilities and equipment installed and serviced. They must be able to operate hand tools and heavy equipment. Technicians must have problem solving and analytical skills to identify and address mechanical and technical problems. They must be knowledgeable about safety procedures and able to follow safe work practices. Technicians must have interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with all levels of supervisory and non-supervisory employees in the facility, and must be able to work in a diverse workforce.

Maintenance technicians may be exposed to unpleasant working conditions, including dust, noise, petroleum products, chemicals, hazardous materials, and extreme weather and temperatures. They may work in confined spaces and at unusual heights, and must be willing to work flexible shifts.

Maintenance technicians must have a high school diploma or a general educational development (GED) certificate, though an associate's degree from an accredited college or university or certification from an accredited technical program in electronics, electronics technology, mechanical technology, plumbing, heat/air conditioning, or construction technology is valuable. Prior work experience in inspection and preventative and corrective maintenance of the various mechanical systems in transit facilities is also valuable. An equivalent combination of education and experience may also be used.

Employers require a commercial driver's license (CDL). To qualify for a CDL, applicants must pass a knowledge test on rules and regulations and then demonstrate in a skills test that they can operate a bus safely. The Department of Transportation keeps a national database of all driving violations incurred by CDL holders, and a state may not issue a license to a person who has already had a license suspended or revoked in another state. Operators may hold only one license at a time, and must surrender all other driver's licenses upon receiving their new CDLs. Information on how to apply for a CDL and each type of endorsement can be obtained from state motor vehicle administrations and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
6% - Slower than average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $28,180 - $48,520    Hourly: $14 - $23

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

- Ability to pass a physical examination related to the physical requirements of the essential functions of the job
- Ability to lift heavy objects
- Ability to spend most of the work period moving around

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6% - Slower than average
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Annual: $28,180 - $48,520

Hourly: $14 - $23