Maintenance supervisors coordinate installation, maintenance and repair work in buildings or large complexes. They hire, train, and oversee workers and determine repair procedures. There typically are no strict education requirements for maintenance professionals, though they can increase advancement opportunities with experience and certification.
Job Description and Duties
Maintenance supervisors oversee and coordinate the workers who maintain and repair electrical, plumbing, ventilation and other building systems. They may be responsible for evaluating problematic systems or facilities and determining what installation or repair services need to be performed. Maintenance-related duties include performing initial evaluations of building systems and distributing work assignments.
Supervisors hire workers, organize schedules, and assign work activity. They may perform training to ensure individuals have all the requisite skills. Additional responsibilities include developing and implementing maintenance procedures and maintaining personnel records. Supervisors evaluate each worker's performance to ensure quality operations. They also investigate accidents and prepare relevant reports.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that job positions for first-line supervisors of repairers, installers and mechanics, including maintenance supervisors, would increase by 11% between 2014 and 2024. As of January 2015, PayScale.com reported that the annual median salary for maintenance supervisors was $56,936.
There's no single path or degree that fully prepares someone for a maintenance role. Individuals generally begin as helpers for experienced maintenance professionals and learn on the job.
Significant experience will be required in order to eventually earn the supervisor role. Maintenance workers can increase opportunities for advancement to supervisor by earning a certification, which verifies a professional's knowledge, skill, and experience. Organizations offering certifications include the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP), the International Maintenance Institute (IMI) and the National Apartment Association (NAA).
All certifications are based on achieving a qualifying score on an examination; other requirements differ according to the certification. For example, individuals must have at least a high school or equivalent diploma plus work experience to be eligible to test for the IMI's certifications. The NAA requires at least one year of work experience and includes a series of training courses before candidates can test for their certification.