Maintenance contractors are responsible for the everyday upkeep of equipment, screening work orders and assembling, installing and repairing mechanical, HVAC, rigging, hydraulics and electrical control systems. In addition to general maintenance, they read blueprints and identify potential safety hazards. Inspectors perform tests, document conditions and check equipment to ensure it is up to industry standards and codes. Maintenance contractors and inspectors work both indoors and outdoors, alone and as a team. Shifts are typically Monday-Friday for 10 hours a day; however, some overtime and weekends may be required.
Qualifications: Maintenance contractors and inspectors are self-directed, effective communicators and they are comfortable with computers. They also have good physical stamina, strong math skills and familiarity with electrical systems and power tools.
Education: Most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent and one or two years of classroom and on-the-job training. Inspectors are often required to be certified by the state or the American Petroleum Institute.
Average Salary: $42,230 annually; $20.68 hourly (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)