What does a facilities maintenance technician do?
Facilities maintenance technicians are responsible for a variety of tasks around and within the building they work in. On a typical day, they may inspect equipment, complete routine maintenance, and troubleshoot and repair tools and equipment as needed. To be successful on the job, facilities maintenance techs need to have basic construction, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC skills.
Where do facilities maintenance technicians work?
Facilities maintenance technician jobs can be found in a variety of settings, from the manufacturing industry to large residential or commercial properties. Since many large buildings, including hospitals, apartment buildings, and warehouses, require regular maintenance to ensure that everything runs well, there are plenty of opportunities available for skilled maintenance techs to find work.
What is the average facilities maintenance salary?
The average salary for an entry-level facilities maintenance technician is $43,180 per year, or $20.76 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*. Facilities maintenance technicians working in manufacturing facilities are more likely to earn more, with most in the field earning an average salary of $48,060, while those working for rental companies are more likely to earn less at $37,900 per year.
What makes our professional training programs unique?
Penn Foster's Professional Training Programs provide career-relevant training and typically take less than 12 months to complete. Focused on providing industry- and career-specific skills, these programs offer the opportunity for you to take the next steps toward job readiness on the timeline that works best for your career. Unlike our degree and diploma programs, these programs are not accredited by the DEAC (Distance Education Accrediting Commission), but instead can serve as a valuable credential that shows prospective employers that you've gained the relevant skills needed to work as an entry-level facilities maintenance technician.
Will completing an unaccredited program affect my ability to get a job in the field?
It should not. Today, more and more employers emphasize demonstrable skills when searching for qualified employees and not all career paths require you to have a degree. Our professional training programs are designed for those learners who want a quick, focused path toward potentially qualifying for entry-level positions in a new industry.