What does a Maintenance Assistant do?
Maintenance Assistants are responsible for conducting general maintenance tasks such as changing light bulbs, replacing plug sockets and light switches. They also conduct plumbing repairs. They perform routine health and safety checks to ensure that fire alarms, fire extinguishers and other safety equipment works. Maintenance Assistants respond to emergency calls outside their normal hours. Maintenance Workers liaise with and oversee contractors to ensure adequate resources and planning.
Maintenance Assistant skills and qualifications
Maintenance Assistants need the following skills to effectively respond to routine and emergency maintenance requests:
- Excellent problem-solving and decision-making skills
- Proven practical skills in areas such as carpentry, decorating and plumbing
- Strong time management skills and the ability to prioritise tasks effectively
- Knowledge of how common electrical and mechanical items work and how to repair them
- Customer service skills
- The ability to work as part of a team
- Knowledge of hand and power tools and other maintenance and safety equipment
- Cleaning expertise
Maintenance Assistant experience requirements
Maintenance Assistants need experience working with their hands, repairing items and good verbal communication. Many Maintenance Assistants complete apprenticeships to learn the practical skills they need. They also learn theory and vital health and safety information. Experience of working in a related field such as construction or shop fitting is also useful. Candidates that have held posts requiring practical skills such as maintaining electrical items or assembling furniture will have an advantage.
Maintenance Assistant education and training requirements
There are no specific educational requirements for a Maintenance Assistant, but many employers prefer candidates who have GCSEs equivalents in maths and English. Candidates who have completed training in domestic appliance repair, gardening or construction are useful. Many colleges offer NVQs in Building Maintenance Multi-trade Repair and Refurbishment Operations, which are ideal for Maintenance Assistant roles.
Maintenance Assistant salary expectations
According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Maintenance Assistant in the UK is £18,169 per year. This salary is dependent on the level of responsibility involved, the location and the company in which they will be working.
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