Maintenance Job Titles and Descriptions

Jobs in Trades, Facilities Management, and More

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Maintenance workers handle a wide range of tasks that vary by industry and employer. They work in a variety of settings: some work in a single building (such as a hotel or hospital), while others are responsible for multiple buildings (such as a college campus or housing complex). However, all maintenance jobs involve working to keep a facility operating smoothly, and they all require a number of the same maintenance skills.

Maintenance workers also have a number of job duties in common. Read below for a description of common maintenance job duties.

Also read below for an extensive list of maintenance job titles. Use this list when searching for a job in maintenance. You might also use this list to encourage your employer to change the title of your position to fit your duties. For example, if you receive a promotion, you might want to request a job title change to match your new responsibilities.

Maintenance Job Duties

Repair Fixtures and Equipment
Maintenance workers have many of the same skills as people in construction. On any given day they may be painting a hallway, replacing a toilet, or fixing a sink. In a manufacturing plant they might be replacing a worn machinery part, and in an office they might be installing or fixing a lighting fixture. Maintenance workers have the basic skills of a carpenter, electrician, plumber, painter, mechanic, and HVAC technician all rolled into one.

It's also their job to call on a licensed professional with proper expertise when needed.

Routine Maintenance
Maintenance workers also perform a certain amount of upkeep, both to keep a building looking ship shape and to maintain a safe environment. This could involve anything from cleaning and replacing air conditioner filters to fixing a broken tile or a light that's burned out.

Building maintenance workers also perform inspections to figure out what issues need attention. In industrial work, maintenance workers might have set duties involving procedures to perform on machinery and equipment.

Cleaning
Some maintenance workers will have cleaning duties as part of their job. This might involve cleaning as needed as the result of an issue. For instance, if a pipe bursts, the maintenance worker would have to clean up the area after a flood or deal with damaged floors or carpeting. Additionally, the work may involve regular cleaning tasks like cleaning floors, windows, and carpets.

Maintenance Job Titles

Below is an extensive list of maintenance job titles. These titles are organized by category, based on industry. Keep in mind that this list is not complete; there are many other maintenance job titles. However, this is a helpful list that can give you a sense of the diverse maintenance jobs out there.

Electrical

  • Electric/Electronics Technician
  • Electric Home Appliance and Power Tool Repairer
  • Electric Meter Installer and Repairer
  • Electric Motor Assembler
  • Electrical Powerline Installer/Repairer
  • Electrical Utility Trouble Shooter
  • Electrician

Grounds Maintenance and Cleaning

  • Cleaning Crew
    • Construction Painter
    • Custodial Manager
    • Custodian
    • General Laborer
    • General Maintenance Worker
    • Greenskeeper
    • Grounds Maintenance Worker
    • Groundskeeper
    • Groundskeepking Worker
    • Handyman
    • Housekeeper
    • Housekeeping Dispatcher
    • Janitor
    • Landscaper
    • Landscaping Worker
    • Laundry Attendant
    • Maintenance Painter
    • Maintenance Planner
    • Pesticide Handler
    • Pruner
    • Tree Trimmer and Pruner
    • Vehicle Washer/Equipment Cleaner

    Industrial Maintenance Worker

    • Aviation Maintenance Worker
    • Dairy Processing Equipment Repairer
    • Industrial Cleaner
    • Industrial Machinery Mechanic
    • Interior Aircraft Assembly Worker
    • Machinery Maintenance Worker
    • Safety Technician

    Management and Executive Roles

    • Assembly Supervisor
    • Building and Grounds Supervisor
    • Building Maintenance Manager
    • Builder Operations Manager
    • Campus Maintenance Manager
    • Clinical Facilities Planning Manager
    • District Technical Service Manager
    • Electrical Superintendent
    • Estimating Manager
    • Facilities Director
    • Facilities Management Executive
    • Facility Manager
    • Facilities Planner
    • Facilities Supervisor
    • Field Operations Executive
    • Field Operator
    • Field Service Coordinator
    • Floor Technician
    • Head of Housekeeping
    • Housekeeping Manager
    • Housekeeping Supervisor
    • Installation & Maintenance Executive
    • Installation & Maintenance Technician Director
    • Lawn Service Manager
    • Maintenance and Service Manager
    • Maintenance Supervisor
    • Operations Manager
    • Pipeline Executive
    • Production Supervisor
    • Property Manager
    • Security Director
    • Spares Coordinator
    • Waste Water Treatment Plant Manager

    Pipeline Work

    • Pipeline Director
    • Pipeline Maintenance Manager
    • Pipelines Manager
    • Pipeline Operations Manager
    • Pipeline Technician
    • Powerhouse Supervisor

    Trades

    • Brazer
    • Bricklayer
    • Carpenter
    • Concrete Finisher
    • Cutter
    • Elevator Installer/Repairer
    • Grinder
    • HVAC Mechanic
    • Jig and Fixture Builder
    • Lineman
    • Locksmith
    • Mason
    • Mechanic
    • Millwright
    • Painter
    • Pest Control Technician
    • Pipefitter
    • Plumber
    • Resteel ironworker
    • Solderer
    • Steamfitter
    • Structural Assembler
    • Structural Ironworker
    • Welder

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