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The Variety In Maintenance Jobs
One of the most needed jobs in any industry is the one of Maintenance. Maintenance jobs are much diversified and can be found in almost any industry, and at different levels. This is why this type of occupation has some of the most transferable skills. The variety of maintenance jobs range from industries like construction to healthcare, HVAC, Custodial, domestic, commercial, or industrial maintenance, and many other fields.
Many maintenance workers perform tasks to maintain electrical, plumbing, construction, mechanical, or hydraulic systems. They ensure that facilities keep running well, and perform a variety of light or heavy tasks conducive to that, depending on the type of industry. They also may work with maintaining equipment or heavy machinery as well as training others in the use of such equipment.
Maintenance jobs extend to managerial areas as well, as some maintenance workers act as supervisors, directors, or managers of certain groups. Some may work as building superintendents, others as groundskeepers.
Superintendents of buildings will direct a group, but will also be involved in tasks such as maintenance checks inside and around buildings, making repairs, and handling calls of residents or building personnel. Tasks are varied - plumbing, electrical, painting, replacing fixtures, fixing fixtures, heating and air conditioning units, and other duties to maintain the building. Some need to have special certificates to be able to work in certain areas of maintenance.
In large residences, groundskeepers or domestic supervisors are in charge of other workers as well. Groundskeepers will be involved in taking care and directing others in performing duties to maintain the outside of buildings and premises. Many times keeping the beauty of the grounds will extend beyond the landscaping duties and can include other areas such as fixing sprinkler systems, heating units or ac units, boilers, fixing fences, attached small buildings, garden structures, and many other tasks.
Domestic supervisors will ensure that the household or facility runs smooth. They will be in charge of one department, such as kitchen or laundry, or they can be in charge of all, depending on the size of the building or residence. They might also perform duties in those departments as well.
Mechanics and technicians in different areas of service will deal with fixing and troubleshooting equipment, either light or heavy, fixing automobiles, ships, airplanes, trains, and motorize vehicles or equipment. They also maintain these to ensure proper functioning. Machinists deal with large and heavy machines and equipment in large industrial plants or buildings. They clean, maintain, replace parts, calibrate, and repair such equipment and can be in charge of other workers as well. Duties vary depending on the place of work. They might also be known as industrial mechanics; however, it could be separate also from a machinist job, depending on the industry. Many mechanics in this field must be able to work fast and be knowledgeable of special machinery, to fix them when they break down on the job. This machinery is usually very expensive, so mechanics doing this job must have an extensive experience in the field.
Sometimes, maintenance workers specialize in one area in particular, for example HVAC workers. HVAC technicians deal with heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units. Another example is electricians and plumbers who deal with different systems. In general, maintenance positions, it is expected that the individual knows the basic of these areas. Many times, plumbers, electricians, or HVAC professionals have apprentices working with them.
In the automotive industry, it is common to find maintenance managers, who are in charge of maintaining a fleet, but also of dealing with keeping up warranties, schedules, and other related paper work. However, maintenance managers can also be found in other fields, such as ecological, production operations, quality assurance and inventory control, outside sourcing, and more. This field is more managerial than technical.
Maintenance directors can be found in any field. They must know repairing and maintenance, but are mostly in charge of finding what needs to be done and delegating the responsibility to other members of the crew. They must have excellent communication skills, as they will communicate with building owners as well as workers, sometimes, inspection officials as well. They must be able to direct maintenance personnel and give clear instructions.
A maintenance coordinator oversees that facilities' maintenance schedules and contracts are up-to-date. It oversees that all of the facility equipment service schedules are done. In other words, his job goes tied to the maintenance supervisor's job who is in charge of making sure that broken equipment and building issues get fixed.
Public positions such as the one of Parks Maintenance require that employees clean and keep the grounds, and fix any equipment, or perform replacing duties, such as keeping up light bulbs, recreational equipment, cutting grass and managing gardens, trees ... There are many duties in this setting, and most likely these jobs are city or government jobs. This includes public parks, beaches, nature preserves, trails, and forests.
Another more technical maintenance area is the area of electronics maintenance, computer maintenance, and office equipment maintenance. This is more specific to the type of equipment that needs to be maintained. In computers, the maintenance of the equipment and of the software is an example of this type of job.
Maintenance jobs vary by industry, and sometimes, duties might overlap.