The maintenance supervisor is responsible for planning and overseeing the work of maintenance staff to ensure safe and efficient operations of the facility. The maintenance staff is tasked with the upkeep of buildings and grounds, as well as upkeep of machinery needed to operate and maintain the facility. In addition to directing the work of subordinates, the maintenance supervisor may also be required to perform maintenance duties himself as needed.
This position requires reading, writing and math skills similar to those obtained through a high school education or equivalent. Technical training is also preferred in the areas of electrical, mechanical, plumbing and other related fields. Formal training may be considered as substitution for experience requirements. Basic computer skills and the ability to read blueprints and schematics will also contribute to success in the maintenance supervisor position.
A minimum of 2 years of general maintenance experience is usually required for the maintenance supervisor position. Previous experience supervising employees, including directing work, evaluating performance and coaching for improvement is also desirable but not required. Experience troubleshooting and correcting electrical or mechanical problems, maintaining inventory levels and scheduling work is also required.
The maintenance supervisor will be required to assist in preparing and planning for the maintenance budget and works with the property management to ensure that maintenance operations remain within budgeted guidelines. She will be responsible for making sure replacement parts and tools are maintained at adequate levels and that garage or shop areas are neatly organized, clean and safe. The maintenance supervisor will also work with property management to recruit, select and train maintenance staff. She will be responsible for all aspects of property maintenance.
The maintenance supervisor position requires an individual who enjoys the challenge of troubleshooting and correcting mechanical and electrical issues and someone who is willing to work when and where needed when emergency maintenance activities are required. That might entail working evenings or weekends and in inclement weather. This position requires someone who works well on his own and can identify and respond to issues that need correcting. A strong customer focus and the desire to provide a high level of service are also key elements to success in this position.
The employment outlook for general maintenance and repair workers is favorable, especially for individuals who have prior related experience. Employment of these types of workers is expected to grow by eight to 11 percent during the decade between 2012 and 2022, keeping pace with the average growth rate for all occupations, according to the O*NET Online. The need for maintenance workers will result in part from the retirement of experienced workers from the work force during this period. Use of computers to monitor facilities may limit job growth to some extent.