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.
Rank in HireSelect:
25 out of 1,100
Median wage in U.S.:
$35,210/year or $16.93/hr
Expected growth rate 2010-2020:
Number employed (2010): 1,289,000
Education level of Maintenance and Repair Workers: