The maintenance industry enables every other industry to work in clean, comfortable and safe environments. Maintenance work is varied, from health-focused cleaning jobs to trade-based work like diesel mechanic jobs and fitter jobs, and again to more general projects performed by those in handyman jobs. Those in this sector ensure that professional environments, tools and machinery are in good working order. Hours in the maintenance field will vary greatly – cleaner jobs will generally be before or after the usual 9-5, while mechanic jobs will normally be looking at longer days and possible weekend work.
The maintenance field requires and will normally attract those who enjoy working with their hands. A strong sense of focus, problem-solving and methodological thinking is necessary for maintenance workers to approach tasks and see projects to their conclusions. For instance, geology jobs and gardening jobs require professionals to be able to research and scope an area, work out solutions to problems being faced, and solve those problems with previously developed or new theories and methods.
As the maintenance industry is incredibly wide and varied, educational requirements will depend entirely on the specific work and sector entered into. A diesel mechanic job will require the professional to have undergone an apprenticeship, while a cleaner job might not require any kind of formalised education.
Roles and salary expectations
What does a cleaner do?
Cleaners tidy working environments to clear them of debris, spills and general mess for health and aesthetic purposes. They can find work in almost every environment.
Cleaner salary: 35,000 to 53,000 per year.
What does a diesel mechanic do?
Diesel mechanics are specialised mechanics who normally work on large diesel powered machines. They normally find employment in the construction and mining industries.
Diesel Mechanic salary: 40,000 to 95,000 per year.
What does a fitter do?
Fitters manufacture and assemble machinery by following drawings, guidelines, or specifications for that machinery. They normally find employment in mass-production fields like factories or in agriculture.