A building maintenance technician does much more than simply ensuring that his assigned premises is kept clean. To work as a building maintenance technician, one has to know about repairing and maintaining HVAC and electrical systems, along with deep knowledge of plumbing and carpentry as well. Working at this position means that you will be on your feet most of the time, which is why physical agility and a love for hard work is important.
To be considered eligible for a building maintenance technician, you have to possess a high school diploma or a GED equivalent. In addition to this, you must possess some experience working at this position – most employers insist on hiring individuals who have had some apprenticeship experience in this capacity, to minimize the time and resources it will take to train a new person. Most apprentice technicians eventually learn how to handle the work while employed – on the job training is a norm for this work.
Good judgement, maturity, analytic abilities and strong time management and organizational skills are prerequisites of this job. If you want to excel at this work, it is important that you are aware of the many different pieces of equipment and tools that are required to do justice to it. On any typical day at work, you will be performing some or all of the duties listed below:
• Perform inspections of the premises on a regular basis to determine need for repair and maintenance activities
• Identify problem areas such as electrical and plumbing issues and report them to supervisors
• Work in conjunction with housekeeping staff to ensure consistent cleanliness and maintenance of the premises
• Assist in repairing floors, windows and doors, and ensure that any replacement requirements are fulfilled
• Overhaul or maintain HVAC systems to ensure that heating, ventilation and air conditioning services are in constant working order
• Perform annual inspections and repairs on bleacher systems, weight room equipment, lunchroom tables and door closures
• Lubricate building systems components and identify and report any hazards to the supervisor
• Address issues such as security by ensuring that all alarms systems are properly set and in good working condition
• Perform routine preventative and predictive maintenance on systems and equipment
• Handle electrical systems maintenance by efficiently replacing and / or repairing bulbs, sockets and fixtures
• Manage fixing of leaks in drains and faucets and unclog blocks, along with replacing drain hoses
• Assist skilled workers in handling painting and carpentry duties, and ensure that they are working according to set standards