What Is a Maintenance Technician?

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When the air conditioning and heating systems keep your office or apartment building cool in the summer and warm in the winter, all is right with the world. But when the heater breaks in the middle of an arctic blast in your area, you need some help. That means it is time to call the building's maintenance technician -- the go-to person when everything from the plumbing to the locks to the electricity malfunction -- to troubleshoot the problem.


A maintenance technician is responsible for cleaning and basic repairs of buildings, equipment or tools. In a manufacturing facility, for instance, the technician monitors equipment daily, performs basic cleaning, resets equipment for the next day and complete repairs for continued production. When the tech can't repair facilities or equipment on his own, he communicates the need for outside repair to an operations director.

Maintenance Tech Requirements

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics includes technicians in its overview of "General Maintenance and Repair Workers." You don't normally need a formal education for a technician's job, though mechanical certifications help in jobs working with particular types of equipment. Pay varies by the scope of work, but the BLS indicated median annual pay was $40,850 as of 2020.

General Maintenance and Repair Workers salary

  • Top 10% Annual Salary: More than $65,590 ($31.53/hour)
  • Median Annual Salary: $40,850 ($19.64/hour)
  • Bottom 10% Annual Salary: Less than $26,130 ($12.56/hour)