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Employment of general maintenance and repair workers is expected to grow 11 percent during the 2008-18 decade, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Median hourly wages of general maintenance and repair workers were $16.21 in May 2008.
General maintenance and repair workers often carry out many different tasks in a single day, at any number of locations, including indoor and outdoor. They may work inside a single building, such as a hotel or hospital, or be responsible for the maintenance of many buildings, such as those in an apartment complex or college campus. They may have to stand for long periods, lift heavy objects, and work in uncomfortably hot or cold environments, in awkward and cramped positions, or on ladders. Those employed in small establishments often work with only limited supervision. Those in larger establishments frequently work under the direct supervision of an experienced worker.
General maintenance and repair workers also perform routine preventive maintenance and ensure that machines continue to run smoothly, building systems operate efficiently, and the physical condition of buildings does not deteriorate. Following a checklist, they may inspect drives, motors, and belts, check fluid levels, replace filters, and perform other maintenance actions. Maintenance and repair workers keep records of their work.
Completing this program will allow you to obtain a certificate that gives you the skills to perform a variety of skilled duties in one or more of the building trades, such as carpentry, minor electrical, plumbing, dry wall or other recognized crafts for the purpose of maintaining, repairing or remodeling buildings and facilities, to include minor HVAC and other mechanical systems.
Courses required for the certificate are Basic Plumbing, Heating Systems, Basic Electrical, Comfort Cooling, Basic Carpentry, and OSHA 10 Hour.
2012 total approximate cost is $2,255 for tuition and fees. Accumulated hours are 180. There may be additional associated costs for textbooks.
Program takes six to nine months to complete. Courses are offered year-round in the evenings and weekends.
Occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Maintenance and Repair Workers, General, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos194.htm.
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