Maintenance Job Titles and Descriptions

Jobs in Trades, Facilities Management, and More

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There are a wide variety of maintenance job titles. It is helpful to keep these in mind when searching for a job in maintenance. 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 Job Titles and Duties

Below is an extensive list of maintenance job titles. You might use this list to encourage your employer to make sure the title of your position fits your duties. For example, if you receive a promotion, you might want to request a job title change to match your new responsibilities. Matching your job title to your responsibilities is important for your resume as you move through your career. Your title is an indicator of your skills and experience, and a way for employers to quickly understand where you might fit within their organization.

Whether the company you work for is a single facility, a campus of buildings, or a city wide project, you’ll find many of the same job titles indicating specialization in a particular area.

There are many other maintenance job titles, but this is a helpful list that can give you a sense of the diverse maintenance jobs out there.

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.

  • Brazer
  • Bricklayer
  • Carpenter
  • Concrete Finisher
  • Cutter
  • 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
  • Elevator Installer/Repairer
  • Grinder
  • HVAC Mechanic
  • Jig and Fixture Builder
  • Lineman
  • Locksmith
  • Mason
  • Mechanic
  • Millwright
  • Painter
  • Pest Control Technician
  • Pipefitter
  • Pipeline Director
  • Pipeline Maintenance Manager
  • Pipelines Manager
  • Pipeline Operations Manager
  • Pipeline Technician
  • Powerhouse Supervisor
  • Resteel ironworker
  • Solderer
  • Steamfitter
  • Structural Assembler
  • Structural Ironworker
  • Welder

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.

  • Aviation Maintenance Worker
  • Dairy Processing Equipment Repairer
  • General Maintenance Worker
  • Greenskeeper
  • Grounds Maintenance Worker
  • Groundskeeper
  • Groundskeeping Worker
  • Handyman
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic
  • Interior Aircraft Assembly Worker
  • Landscaper
  • Landscaping Worker
  • Machinery Maintenance Worker
  • Maintenance Painter
  • Maintenance Planner
  • Pesticide Handler
  • Pruner
  • Safety Technician
  • Tree Trimmer and Pruner

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 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.

  • Cleaning Crew
  • Construction Painter
  • Custodian
  • General Laborer
  • Housekeeper
  • Housekeeping Dispatcher
  • Industrial Cleaner
  • Janitor
  • Laundry Attendant
  • Vehicle Washer/Equipment Cleaner

Management and Executive Roles
Companies and businesses, especially those with larger or multiple facilities, will often offer the opportunity for management and executive roles in their maintenance department. There is a lot of potential for growth in a maintenance career, and ambition, experience, and hard work can result in a supervisory or management position.

  • Assembly Supervisor
  • Building and Grounds Supervisor
  • Building Maintenance Manager
  • Builder Operations Manager
  • Campus Maintenance Manager
  • Clinical Facilities Planning Manager
  • Custodial 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