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Maintenance technician jobs involve taking on a number of equipment-related duties, including installation, troubleshooting issues, performing repairs, and performing regular maintenance. Maintenance technicians must have a solid understanding of safety protocols and procedures, in addition to having an aptitude with machinery in order to best address problems and prevent them from reoccurring.
Maintenance technicians may work exclusively onsite for their employer, installing and caring for equipment in a factory, plant or other industrial site. Other maintenance technician jobs may require you to be mobile, working at the homes or businesses of clients and installing or repairing equipment there. Maintenance technician jobs may involve day and night shifts, in addition to 40+ hour work weeks. Maintenance technicians will typically report to a senior maintenance leader, such as a maintenance manager.
Maintenance technicians are typically paid on an hourly basis, earning an amount comparable to repair technicians, who fulfill a similar job. Maintenance technician salaries depend on your level of experience as well as your seniority within the company. Maintenance technicians can expect to earn $19 an hour in entry-level positions, while those in more senior jobs can expect to earn around $26.60 an hour.
Maintenance technicians primarily work on installing, maintaining, and repairing equipment and ensuring that machinery functions properly. Some of their daily tasks include:
Maintenance technician jobs are in demand with a large variety of companies. Companies in the industrial sector that supply machinery and industrial equipment often require technicians who can ensure that production and installation goes smoothly. Other prominent industries that seek maintenance technicians are the food industry and companies that build and maintain swimming pools. Maintenance technician jobs can be found across Canada, although there tend to be more available in cities with an established industrial sector.
Maintenance technician jobs require you to be both physically fit and forward-thinking. Having any of the following skills is important, in addition to having an aptitude to working with machinery and equipment.
Maintenance technician jobs require you to have a high school diploma, at a minimum. Having a college or vocational diploma is generally preferred by employers, but not always required. Previous experience installing or repairing equipment is a typically requirement, as is having an aptitude with working with machinery. Finally, having an understanding of workplace safety and laws regarding work safety is important to this role.
Maintenance technician jobs are available across Canada, and can expect to make a good living. Those that decide to stick with the role and develop their skills further can expect higher wages and seniority over time. Maintenance technicians may opt to take on further training, and over time, may be promoted to a maintenance manager role or other similar jobs with a management component.