Maintenance planners help develop strategies for preventive and predictive maintenance systems. They also are responsible for ordering parts and making sure that repairs and maintenance are done in an accurate and high-quality manner. The maintenance planner must also participate in the safety and health programs as needed. These professionals work closely with the maintenance managers to build reliable maintenance systems and teams. They also work with other maintenance employees and preventive managers to perform different tasks, such as routine checkups.
Maintenance planners may work any shifts, and they may also be required to work holidays or extended hours. They may be required to work in a range of weather environments.
Maintenance planners must be very detail oriented, as they must develop detailed work plans that include procedures, standards, and other information for maintenance programs. It is important that they are able to multitask, as they often handle multiple repair needs and systems. Maintenance managers also must be able to read and interpret drawings, diagrams, and schematics.
Some employers require hands-on maintenance experience, as well as a high school diploma or GED. Many employers prefer a degree from a technical college, and many also require a certificate of craft apprenticeship.
Maintenance Planner Tasks
Order parts, supplies, materials, and inventory to ensure activities can proceed.
Plan and prepare work schedules and services, identify benchmarks for reliability and safety.
Maintain and oversee invoices, orders, accounting, and contractor work, including writing ongoing work orders.
Inspect sites and buildings to scope and plan new and ongoing maintenance work.
Oversee maintenance workers, assigning tasks, and evaluating completion.