• Careers and Employment Outlook

    The building maintenance program is designed to teach general maintenance skills in many different crafts. General maintenance mechanics repair and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, buildings, electrical and air conditioning and heating systems. They also maintain and repair specialized equipment and machinery found in cafeterias, laundries, hospitals, stores, offices, and factories. Typical duties include troubleshooting and fixing faulty electrical switches, repairing air conditioning motors, and unclogging drains.

    General maintenance mechanics inspect and diagnose problems and determine the best way to correct them often by checking blueprints, repair manuals, and parts catalogs. They use common hand power tools and replace or fix worn or broken parts, where necessary, or make adjustments.

    These mechanics also do routine preventive maintenance and ensure that machines continue to run smoothly, building systems operate efficiently, and that the physical condition of buildings does not deteriorate. Following a checklist, they may inspect drives, motors, and belts, check fluid levels and replace filters. Maintenance mechanics keep records of maintenance and repair work.

    Earnings 

    Median hourly wages of general maintenance and repair workers were $16.21 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $12.44 and $21.09. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.78, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $25.94. 

    Job Prospects 

    Job opportunities should be excellent, especially for those with experience in maintenance or related fields. Those who obtain certification will also face excellent opportunities. General maintenance and repair is a large occupation, generating many job openings due to growth and the need to replace those who leave the occupation. Many job openings are expected to result from the retirement of experienced maintenance workers over the next decade.

    For more information visit Occupational Outlook Handbook 

  • Contact Information

    Industrial Education
    101 Baldwin Blvd.
    Corpus Christi, TX 78404
    (361) 698-1701

    Located on West Campus