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Building Maintenance Worker

Let your curiosity and passion for fixing things be the path to a rewarding career

Job Details

Typical Tasks

  • Perform routine preventative maintenance on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, such as changing air filters
  • Inspect, operate, and test appliances and equipment. This can sometimes include installing new equipment.
  • Communicate with building occupants and facility staff team members of all levels, especially in the event of an equipment outage
  • Help with inventory of building materials and supplies

Typical Skills

  • Strong mechanical skills, such as the ability to take apart equipment and fix it
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to safely work with hand and power tools
  • Ability to work in small, confined spaces
  • Strong communication skills

Typical Experience or Education

  • Employers may require a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Experience and/or comfort working with hand and power tools
  • Many employers will hire for this role without previous work experience
  • Relevant experience or education in building performance, building science, building construction, and/or building trades helps get your foot in the door, but is not required

Professional Development Opportunities

Some Building Maintenance Workers may choose to advance their skills with professional certifications, such as:

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