A maintenance technician works to keep all facilities and equipment running smoothly, making repairs when necessary.

Can you fix just about anything using a toolbox and your own hands? Are you a whiz at home improvement? As a maintenance technician, you’ll spend your days performing repairs and upkeep on various pieces of manufacturing and transportation equipment, as well as general building repairs. You’ll use your own set of tools to make sure that the facilities are in working order.

You’ll report to a maintenance supervisor and file reports when you've finished with repairs, making sure to keep track of which machines are still safe and efficient. You’ll be working with potentially dangerous machines, so you’ll need to keep in mind safety procedures at all times. The repairs you make may require you to go into small spaces, climb ladders, work in high heat, lift heavy objects, and listen to loud noises. Good physical form is crucial in performing your job well.

In order to be a maintenance technician, you’ll need to know how the equipment works and runs. You’ll read technical drawings and written instructions when a repair is beyond your scope of knowledge and you may work in a team of technicians on more complex projects.

While many employers offer on-the-job training, it’s important to have some background in the principles of mechanics in order to be the best technician possible. Previous experience or training courses will make you a stand-out.

Also Known As:

Installation and Maintenance Technician, Repair Technician, Maintenance Worker,  Maintenance and Repair Service Specialist

Critical Skills


  • Basic Physics and Construction
  • Follow Visual, Written, and Oral Instructions
  • Install and Dismantle Equipment
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical (Tools and Machines)
  • Monitor, Troubleshoot, and Repair Machines
  • Safety Regulations and Procedures


  • Advanced Computer Skills
  • Communication - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking/Oral
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Health and Safety
  • Judgement
  • Monitoring
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly
  • Problem Solving
  • Quality Assurance
  • Troubleshooting

Key Responsibilities

  • Use common hand and power tools, precision measuring instruments, and electrical and electronic testing devices
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that machines continue to run smoothly
  • Inspect, operate, or test machinery or equipment to diagnose malfunctions
  • Correct machine malfunctions
  • Refer to visual, auditory, and written instructions to assemble, modify, and maintain machines
  • Clean or lubricate shafts, bearings, gears, or other parts of machinery
  • Record type and cost of maintenance or repair work

Special Requirements

  • Heavy Lifting Ability


  • Handyman/Fixing Things

How to get this job

Gain skills in general maintenance and repair.

Next Steps for this job

Get vocational or trade school training in maintenance and repair.

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.