Maintenance Helper-Vehicles

Mechanic's Assistant, Servicer, Technician's Helper  

Maintenance helpers assist their supervisors with whatever needs to be done to maintain vehicles. Responsibilities can include transporting tools, making sure all equipment is working properly, and keeping the work environment clean and organized. Maintenance helpers should have good communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills.

Maintenance helpers report to a general repair mechanic or related supervisor. They work in a garage environment and sometimes outdoors, with exposure to all types of weather and to noise, dirt, grease, dust, oil, chemicals, and fumes.

Maintenance helpers must have a high school diploma or a general educational development (GED) certificate, as well as 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 perform the job 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. Drivers 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. Some prior experience with vehicle maintenance is preferred.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
9% - Average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $21,800 - $34,990    Hourly: $10 - $17

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

Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

- Ability to carry/lift up to 50 pounds
- Ability to drive
- Ability to walk, bend, and reach

Legal Requirements

Career Snapshot

Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

9% - Average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $21,800 - $34,990

Hourly: $10 - $17