Maintenance Technician

Did you know?*

Maintenance Technicians learn in apprenticeship programs, informally on the job, in vocational high schools, and in community or technical colleges.

Maintenance Technicians work in various manufacturing industries, including paper and wood mills, food processing, breweries, metal fabrication, and more.

Although overall employment is projected to decline, job opportunities are expected to be good due to retirements occurring in the skilled workforce.

* Information retrieved from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What Does a Maintenance Technician Do?

Maintenance Technicians are highly skilled individuals who safely perform mechanical and electrical duties to keep machines, equipment, or the structure of a facility in repair. They perform preventative and predictive maintenance functions on motors, generators, air compressors and conveyors; starters and motor control centers; programmable logic controllers, computer-based controls, control panels and electrical control systems; and fluid power systems.

Additional duties may include servicing high voltage electrical systems; aligning and balancing new equipment; and performing repair welding, pipefitting and machining tasks.

With all duties, Maintenance Technicians perform their work in accordance with relevant codes.


Before they perform a task, Maintenance Technicians must carefully plan and prepare for the work. They review electronic or written blueprints or specifications for a job. Next, they determine which tools and material are needed. Last, they plan the sequence of work.

The sequence of work typically includes one or more of the following categories: