Maintenance Group Leader

Career Area: Maintenance, Repair, and Installation

Occupation Group: Maintenance and Repair

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Maintenance Group Leader earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $54,461

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $57,685

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Works on a team of maintenance workers, and provides first-level direction and shift guidance to fellow team members.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina25+10.4%
Nationwide766+7.1%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Maintenance Group Leader is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Preventive Maintenance: Machine maintenance or the preventive maintenance (PM) has the following meanings: The care and servicing by personnel for the purpose of maintaining equipment in satisfactory operating condition by providing for systematic inspection, detection, and correction of incipient failures either before they occur or before they develop into major defects.
  • Leadership: Leadership is both a research area and a practical skill encompassing the ability of an individual or organization to lead or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organizations.
  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Repair: Restoration of a broken, damaged, or failed device, equipment, part, or property to an acceptable operating or usable condition or state.
  • Scheduling: Working experience making schedules, which are basic time-management tools, consisting of a list of times at which possible tasks, events, or actions are intended to take place withing an organization.
  • Predictive / Preventative Maintenance: Working experience of Predictive / Preventative Maintenance. The idea behind preventive maintenance (PM) is that by performing regular maintenance on equipment, you lessen the chances of that equipment failing. It's the same idea as taking your car in for regular oil changes to preempt a total breakdown.
  • Budgeting: Experience planning how the financial resources of a business or department are to be allocated during the next business period.
  • Root Cause Analysis: Root cause analysis (RCA) is a method of problem solving used for identifying the root causes of faults or problems.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Maintenance Group Leader that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Industrial Operations Industry Knowledge: Industrial processes are procedures involving chemical, physical, electrical or mechanical steps to aid in the manufacturing of an item or items, usually carried out on a very large scale. Industrial processes are the key components of heavy industry.
  • Total productive maintenance: Working experience of Total productive maintenance, which is a system of maintaining and improving the integrity of production and quality systems through the machines, equipment, processes, and employees that add business value to an organization.
  • Equipment Maintenance: Maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) involves fixing any sort of mechanical, plumbing, or electrical device should it become out of order or broken (known as repair, unscheduled, casualty or corrective maintenance).
  • Lean Manufacturing: Lean manufacturing or lean production, often simply lean, is a systematic method for waste minimization (Muda) within a manufacturing system without sacrificing productivity.
  • Maintenance Scheduling: The process used to track actual maintenance history, monitor equipment status and schedule expected maintenance prior to the occurrence of a problem. It should be integrated with the systems used to plan future resource availability and indicate projected downtime.

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • Mechanical Maintenance: Working experience of Mechanical Maintenance. Mechanical Technicians carry out planned or unplanned maintenance and repair activities on a wide range of equipment e.g. pumps, engines, turbines.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years20%
3 to 5 years59%
6 to 8 years9%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Maintenance Team Leader
  • Maintenance Leader
  • Asset Maintenance Leader - Water Business
  • Maintenance Group Leader
  • Team Leader - Maintenance

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