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General Maintenance & Repair

Customer service
Be good with people
These workers interact with customers on a regular basis. They need to be friendly and able to address customers’ questions.
Dexterity
Precision is important
Many repair and maintenance tasks, such as repairing small devices, connecting or attaching components, and using hand tools, require a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination.
Problem Solving
Find solutions
Workers find, diagnose, and repair problems. They perform tests to figure out the cause of problems before fixing equipment.

Job Description

General maintenance and repair workers fix and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They paint, repair flooring, and work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems.

General maintenance and repair workers typically do the following:

  • Maintain and repair machines
  • Fix or replace faulty electrical switches and outlets
  • Inspect and diagnose problems
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance
  • Assemble and set up machinery or equipment
  • Plan repair work using blueprints
  • Do general cleaning and upkeep of properties
  • Order supplies from catalogs and storerooms
  • Meet with clients to estimate repairs and costs
  • Keep detailed records of their work

General maintenance and repair workers are hired for maintenance and repair tasks that are not complex enough to need the specialized training of a licensed tradesperson, such as a plumber or electrician.

These workers are also responsible for recognizing when a job is above their skill level and requires the expertise of an electrician; a carpenter; a heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanic or installer; or a plumber, pipefitter, or steamfitter.

Job Outlook

Median Pay – $36,630
2 Year Associate’s Degree
No Related Work Experience
Moderate-term on-the-job training
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Make $42,441
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Make $47,394
The industries that hired the most were:

Real estate and rental and leasing

20%

Manufacturing

14%

State and local government, excluding education and hospitals

10%

EDUCATION & TRAINING

TCAT

TN College of Applied Technology - Athens

THE PROGRAM

  • Time Commitment – Full Time
  • Class Type – Day / Night
  • Average Pay – $36,630 / yr
  • Cost – $8,140

Gain a competitive edge when seeking employment!

Today’s industrial machinery integrates mechanical and electrical systems. The electro-mechanical technician is equipped with the skills and knowledge to install and maintain a wide range of equipment in the modern industrial world. In this innovative educational program, students learn various aspects of industrial electricity, industrial mechanics, and automated control systems.

This multi-craft training opportunity is designed to meet the occupational needs of the advanced manufacturing sector. Electro-mechanical technicians install, maintain, and repair industrial equipment, such as conveying systems, production machinery, and packaging equipment. Graduates may find employment in manufacturing, power plants, and construction.

Many industries support the learning process by sponsoring qualified students in a paid cooperative program which allows the students opportunities to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom.

• Commercial and Industrial Wiring

THE PROGRAM

  • Time Commitment – Full Time

  • Program Length – 1 Year

  • Average Pay – $36,630

Advance, Cleveland State’s block scheduling format, offers working adults a convenient way to obtain a college certificate or degree taking classes with the same core group of students.  Cleveland State is now offering a block schedule for Technical Certificates in Electrical Maintenance, Mechanical Maintenance and Process Control.  If your time is limited but you are committed to attending college to increase your technical skills, the Advance Technical Certificate Program is for you!

Advantages:

  • Students will be in class with “like-minded” people, who are focused, self-disciplined, and want to earn their certificate.
  • Networking Opportunities—students form strong connections with other working students/professionals.
  • Students know upfront their scheduling for the entire program.

Benefits:

  • Working toward a certificate or degree as a group has been proven to dramatically  improve retention and graduation rates.
  • Faculty are committed to helping students achieve their individual goals.
  • Earning your technical certificate opens doors for promotion within your organization or a new career.
  • The courses in this certificate program will apply to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Technology.

Cleveland State

Cleveland State Community College