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Operations and Maintenance Specialist

Career Area: Manufacturing and Production

Occupation Group: Plant and System Operation

Salary

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

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $47,617

*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 $61,713

*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 for a company to assess operations and businesses practices. Identifies ways to improve efficiency in information or records storage, equipment use, supply chain processes or administrative support practices.

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 Carolina34+6.4%
Nationwide599+5.6%

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 Operations and Maintenance Specialist is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Troubleshooting: Troubleshooting or dpanneuring is a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes on a machine or a system.
  • 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.
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • 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.

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.
  • HVAC: Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is the technology of indoor and vehicular environmental comfort.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Operations and Maintenance Specialist that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • System Operation: An operating system (OS) is system software that manages computer hardware and software resources and provides common services for computer programs.
  • Ventilation: Ventilation is the process by which clean air (normally outdoor air) is intentionally provided to a space and stale air is removed. This may be accomplished by either natural or mechanical means.
  • Power Plant Operations: A power plant is an installation where electrical power is generated for distribution.
  • Wastewater Treatment: Wastewater treatment is a process used to convert wastewater - which is water no longer needed or suitable for its most recent use - into an effluent that can be either returned to the water cycle with minimal environmental issues or reused.
  • Heat Exchange: A heat exchanger is a device used to transfer heat between a solid object and a fluid, or between two or more fluids.

Salary Boosting Skills

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

  • Stationary Engineering: A stationary engineer, sometimes called an operating engineer, or a power engineer, operates industrial machinery and equipment that provides energy in various forms.
  • Power Plant Operations: A power plant is an installation where electrical power is generated for distribution.
  • 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.

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 years38%
3 to 5 years43%
6 to 8 years7%

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:

  • Utilities Technician
  • Operations And Maintenance Technician
  • Operations And Maintenance Manager
  • Operations And Maintenance Supervisor
  • Operations And Maintenance O&M Technician

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