Pre-employment tests for Maintenance and Repair Workers

Maintenance and Repair Workers

When hiring maintenance and repair workers, skill and reliability are generally the most important considerations. Hiring managers should make sure they are selecting individuals who can perform the tasks they are hired to do — and who are trustworthy and dependable. Aptitude, skills, and personality tests can help employers assess these qualities.

For example, the Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude (WTMA) predicts an applicant's performance on jobs involving machinery, tools, and equipment. The Criteria Basic Skills Test (CBST) measures basic literacy and numeracy, as well as attention to detail. Those employers concerned primarily with reliability and trustworthiness may also choose to use personality tests such as the Workplace Productivity Profile (WPP).

While no formal education is needed to become a maintenance and repair worker, many individuals obtain certificates and additional training in specific areas. They may also demonstrate their proficiency by earning a certificate from a professional organization, such as the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals. Hiring managers should be on the lookout for these endorsements of skill. In addition to the practical side of the job, maintenance and repair workers need a strong set of soft skills to put clients at ease and describe mechanical problems in layman's terms.

Fast Facts

Rank in HireSelect:
25 out of 1,100

Median wage in U.S.:
$35,210/year or $16.93/hr

Expected growth rate 2012-2022:
9%

Number employed (2012): 1,325,100

Education level of Maintenance and Repair Workers:

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Top 5 Skills and Abilities to Look For in Maintenance and Repair Workers

  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Information Ordering

Top 3 Tasks for Maintenance and Repair Workers

  • Use tools ranging from common hand and power tools, such as hammers, hoists, saws, drills, and wrenches, to precision measuring instruments and electrical and electronic testing devices.
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that machines continue to run smoothly, building systems operate efficiently, or the physical condition of buildings does not deteriorate.
  • Inspect, operate, or test machinery or equipment to diagnose machine malfunctions.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor