General maintenance and repair workers fix and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They paint, repair flooring, and work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems.
General maintenance and repair workers typically do the following:
Maintain and repair machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings
Fix or replace faulty electrical switches, outlets, and circuit breakers
Inspect and diagnose problems and figure out the best way to correct them
Perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that machines continue to run smoothly
Assemble and set up machinery or equipment
Plan repair work using blueprints or diagrams
Do general cleaning and upkeep of buildings and properties
Order supplies from catalogs and storerooms
Meet with clients to estimate repairs and costs
Keep detailed records of their work
General maintenance and repair workers are hired for maintenance and repair tasks that are not complex enough to need the specialized training of a licensed tradesperson, such as a plumber or electrician.
General maintenance and repair workers may fix plaster or drywall. They may fix or paint roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, and other parts of buildings.
They also maintain and repair specialized equipment and machinery in cafeterias, laundries, hospitals, stores, offices, and factories.
General maintenance and repair workers get supplies and repair parts from distributors or storerooms to fix problems. They use common hand and power tools, such as screwdrivers, saws, drills, wrenches, and hammers to fix, replace, or repair equipment and parts of buildings.