Maintenance Supervisor

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 Supervisor earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $50,040

*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 $52,758

*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 Carolina2883+10.4%
Nationwide67356+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 Supervisor is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • 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.
  • Physical Abilities: Physical Abilities, which refers to the ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with the body, arms, and/or legs. These abilities often require strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and coordination.
  • Organizational Skills: Experience with a systematic process of structuring, integrating, co-ordinating task goals, and activities to resources in order to attain objectives.
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.

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.
  • Budgeting: Experience planning how the financial resources of a business or department are to be allocated during the next business period.
  • Plumbing: Plumbing is any system that conveys fluids for a wide range of applications.
  • HVAC: Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is the technology of indoor and vehicular environmental comfort.

Distinguishing Skills

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

  • Apartment Maintenance: Working experience of Apartment Maintenance. Tenants, managers and owners of apartment complexes count on apartment maintenance technicians to keep buildings, equipment and land associated with a complex in good repair. An apartment maintenance technician is responsible for tasks such as assembling machinery, fixing electrical switches and ordering supplies, among others.
  • Facility Maintenance: Maintenance activities include keeping spaces, structures and infrastructure in proper operating condition in a routine, scheduled, or anticipated fashion to prevent failure and/or degradation.
  • Lifting Ability: Requires Lifting Ability, which is the ability to raise and object to a higher position or level, or pick up and move an object to a different position.
  • 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.
  • Snow Removal: Working experience of Snow Removal, which is the job of removing snow after a snowfall to make travel easier and safer.

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 years33%
3 to 5 years57%
6 to 8 years6%

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 Supervisor
  • Shop Foreman
  • Field Manager
  • Facilities Supervisor
  • Maintenance Coordinator

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