What does a Facilities Maintenance Mechanic (255W) do?

Facilities Mechanics maintain building equipment and system components, including those for heating/ventilation and domestic appliances. They also inspect and perform maintenance on plumbing, air conditioning, and low-voltage electrical systems; inspect fire safety equipment; maintain the building envelope, roofing, and exterior; and perform grounds maintenance.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Learning about and applying various health, safety, building, and fire codes and regulations
  • Operating and maintaining hand/power tools and equipment; inspecting fire safety equipment
  • Inspecting and maintaining electrical and A/C systems, plumbing, water treatment systems, domestic appliances, and laundry systems; troubleshooting heating and ventilation systems
  • Performing grounds maintenance
  • Writing clear, concise reports and service documents; 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?

  • Secondary school diploma required; math, science, and English credits recommended
  • OYAP, co-op, or technical credits in Electrical or Welding would be definite asset
  • Completion of a 5,520-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Those with 6,000 hours on-the-job experience but no apprenticeship may be eligible for Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Facilities Maintenance Mechanic (255W)?

  • Full-time; evening, weekend, or emergency work possible
  • Indoor and outdoor work sites
  • Employers include hospitals, hotels, parks and recreation departments, school boards, universities, shopping malls, industrial facilities, and residential buildings

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers average $19.00 per hour.


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