General Maintenance Mechanics


General Maintenance Mechanics


General maintenance mechanics, sometimes called maintenance technicians or building engineers, repair and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings, and work on plumbing, electrical, and controls. They perform minor construction or carpentry work and routine preventive maintenance to keep the physical structures of businesses, schools, factories, and apartment buildings in good condition. They also maintain and repair specialized equipment and machinery found in cafeterias, laundries, hospitals, office...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma



One to four years of on-the-job experience, or classroom instruct





Personality Traits

Hands On


Earnings for general maintenance mechanics vary widely depending on skill, geographical location, and industry. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that general maintenance mechanics and repairers earned median annual salaries of $38,300 in May 2018. Earnings ranged from less than $23,540 to more than $62,400.

Almost all maintenance mechanics receive a benefits package that includes hea...

Work Environment

General maintenance mechanics work in almost every industry and in a wide variety of facilities. In most cases, they work a 40-hour week. Some work evening or night shifts or on weekends; they may also be on call for emergency repairs. In the course of a single day, mechanics may do a variety of tasks in different parts of a building or in several buildings, and they may encounter different con...


Employment of general maintenance mechanics is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Construction of new apartment and office buildings, factories, hotels, schools, and stores is increasing once again after the recession, and existing facilities still require the services of maintenance mechanics. This is a lar...