A building maintenance worker is responsible for various duties associated with keeping a building in excellent shape in terms of visual appeal, function, and safety for the individuals in the building. Building maintenance workers must possess a very varied skill set; they can be expected to handle plumbing, painting, masonry, roofing, HVAC systems, and many other issues that arise in a building. One day they may be changing air conditioner filters and light bulbs; the next day, they may be dealing with a flooded basement, and, the day after that, they may be replacing worn-out carpeting.
A building maintenance worker must assess and take care of any minor issues which arise in a building. However, for major issues, they are expected to request the services of licensed professionals. Depending on the size of the building and its staff, building maintenance workers may also be required to handle janitorial duties such as waxing floors, vacuuming carpets, and cleaning windows.
A building maintenance worker typically must have a high school diploma or equivalent, along with at least one year of experience working in a similar position.
Building Maintenance Worker Tasks
- Perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that building systems operate efficiently and that the physical condition of buildings do not deteriorate.
- Perform maintenance tasks such as carpentry, painting, plumbing and electrical repairs to ensure that the building is properly maintained.
- Clean and repair building fixtures including lights, locks, windows, doors, screens, walls, floors, gutters and drains.
- Operate and perform routine maintenance and repairs on HVAC equipment and related systems.