What Does a Facilities Maintenance Mechanic Do?

A Facilities Maintenance Mechanic (255W) maintains building equipment and system components. This person:

  • Inspects and maintains building equipment and system components, including those for heating and ventiliation, and domestic appliances
  • Inspects and performs routine maintenance on plumbing, air conditioning, and low-voltage electrical systems
  • Inspects fire safety equipment
  • Maintains the building envelope and roofing
  • Maintains building exteriors
  • Performs grounds maintenance

Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Industrial sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/industrial

Job -Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Knowledgeable about Building and Fire Codes, the provincial Ontario Health & Safety Act, and various Acts and Codes such as WHMIS, EPA etc.
  • Operate and maintain hand and power tools and equipment as well as lifting devices and material handling equipment
  • Check and inspect fire safety equipment
  • Inspect and maintain electrical systems, air conditioning systems, plumbing, water treatment systems, domestic appliances and laundry systems
  • Inspect, maintain and troubleshoot heating equipment, ventilation systems and building (interior and exterior) envelope
  • Perform ground maintenance
  • Writing clear, concise reports and service documents manually or on computer, including health and safety or environmental reports, and preparing work orders
  • Communicating and liaising with fellow workers, supervisors, contractors, clients, skilled trades people and company representatives

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

Completion of Grade 12 with a secondary school diploma, with senior credits in Math, Science and English is recommended. Enrolment in OYAP, coop, or obtaining technical credits in Electrical or Welding would be a definite asset. Successful completion of a Facilities Maintenance Mechanic apprenticeship requires 5520 hours of training, a combination of on-the-job hours plus two sessions of in-school training.

If you have completed 6,000 hours of on the job experience but have not completed the Apprenticeship Program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification. This is the minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.

There are also post-secondary community college programs for Facilities Technicians at Durham, St. Clair, Humber and Georgian Colleges.

What’s Your Future as a Facilities Maintenance Mechanic?

Buildings require constant mechanical and technical maintenance, and the people who work in this field generally work full-time, with some evening, weekend or emergency work possible, both inside and outside on the grounds of the building they are maintaining. Some potential employers include:

  • Hospitals
  • Hotel Chains
  • Parks and Recreation Departments
  • School Boards
  • Universities
  • Shopping malls
  • Industrial facilities
  • Institutions/residential buildings

Wage Rate

  • Apprentices are paid in line with company policy but generally less than fully qualified or licensed personnel
  • As your skills and expertise increase, so does your wage
  • On average, fully qualified Facilities Maintenance Mechanics can earn $12.00-$24.00/hr and up.

Self-Rating

Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Facilities Maintenance Mechanic for You?

Do you have a mechanical aptitude and enjoy using tools and learning about and applying your knowledge of different systems?

Yes      No

Do you like being busy with a variety of tasks and are you self-motivated and organized enough to complete them? 

Yes      No

Do you have the physical stamina to work indoors or outside and for long periods on your feet?

Yes      No

Are you able to bend, lift, kneel, stoop, crouch and climb ladders?

Yes      No

Do you like to diagnose and find problems, then implement solutions?

Yes      No

Can you read and interpret blueprints, codes, regulations, and are you able to communicate effectively and clearly with co-workers and other trades people?

Yes      No

Do you take pride in persisting until the job is done safely and correctly?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Facilities Maintenance Mechanic may be for You!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Hydraulic/Pneumatic Mechanic
  • Facilities Technician
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic
  • Truck & Coach Mechanic

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