Maintenance and Reliability Management Careers | Maintenance Superintendent

Maintenance Superintendent

Career Area: Maintenance, Repair, and Installation

Occupation Group: Maintenance and Repair

Salary

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

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $64,511

*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 $61,519

*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?

Oversees maintenance of a residential or commercial building, manages maintenance staff and directs maintenance tasks.

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 Carolina45+10.4%
Nationwide880+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 Superintendent 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizational Skills: Experience with a systematic process of structuring, integrating, co-ordinating task goals, and activities to resources in order to attain objectives.
  • Troubleshooting: Troubleshooting or dpanneuring is a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes on a machine or a system.

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.
  • Plumbing: Plumbing is any system that conveys fluids for a wide range of applications.
  • Carpentry: Carpentry is a skilled trade in which the primary work performed is the cutting, shaping and installation of building materials during the construction of buildings, ships, timber bridges, concrete formwork, etc.
  • 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.

Distinguishing Skills

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

  • Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS): Computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), also known as computerized maintenance management information system (CMMIS), is a software package that maintains a computer database of information about an organization's maintenance operations.
  • Boilers: A boiler is a closed vessel in which water or other fluid is heated.
  • Electrical Systems: Electrical system design is the design of electrical systems. This can be as simple as a flashlight cell connected through two wires to a light bulb or as involved as the space shuttle. Electrical systems are groups of electrical components connected to carry out some operation.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Salary Boosting Skills

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

  • Process Equipment: A Process Equipment is designed or chosenequipmentperforming or operating a specific processing function and identified with a unique numberthat isincorporated in a finished plant facility.
  • Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS): Computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), also known as computerized maintenance management information system (CMMIS), is a software package that maintains a computer database of information about an organization's maintenance operations.

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 years25%
3 to 5 years57%
6 to 8 years8%

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 Superintendent
  • Superintendent Mechanical Maintenance II
  • Superintendent Mechanical Maintenance I
  • Superintendent/Maintenance Supervisor
  • Mechanical Maintenance Superintendent

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