The minimum requirement for most employers who employ maintenance workers is a high school diploma or a high school diploma equivalent. Since most training for this occupation is done on the job, no further technical training is necessary to apply for this position. However, a candidate with a background in mechanical drawing, computers, math, science, blueprint reading or general repair knowledge will make a better candidate than a person who does not possess these skills.

An entry-level worker will begin working by completing simple tasks that require no particular or expert skills. When more complicated tasks are needed, newer maintenance workers will receive on the job training by watching and assisting more experienced workers. When they have received enough training, they will be allowed to take on more complicated repairs and maintenance by themselves.

What are Maintenance Workers like?


Based on our pool of users, maintenance workers tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Maintenance Workers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 173 Sokanu users

Are Maintenance Workers happy?


Maintenance workers rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 21st percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Maintenance Worker Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Maintenance Workers

The most common degree held by maintenance workers is Mechanical Engineering. 2% of maintenance workers had a degree in mechanical engineering before becoming maintenance workers. That is over 1 times the average across all careers. English Literature graduates are the second most common among maintenance workers, representing 2% of maintenance workers in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.3 times the average.

Maintenance Worker Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Maintenance Worker, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of maintenance workers % of population Multiple
Mechanical Engineering 1.7% 1.6% 1.0×
English Literature 1.7% 4.9% 0.3×
Physics 1.7% 1.0% 1.7×
Political Science 1.7% 2.9% 0.6×

Maintenance Worker Education Levels

48% of maintenance workers have an associate's degree. 37% of maintenance workers have a high school diploma.

No education 15%
High school diploma 37%
Associate's degree 48%
Bachelor's degree 0%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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