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Maintenance technicians tend to the upkeep and repair of buildings, mechanical equipment and machines. They might also work on roofs, plaster, drywall, floors and woodwork. Other duties include performing routine maintenance, writing work reports and using blueprints and diagrams.

Skillset: Since recent buildings are more technologically advanced, maintenance technicians will have to know how to work with computers and digital controls. They should also be good with their hands and be able to perform tests on equipment before working on them to determine what's wrong.

Education: Fundamental skills can be learned in high school, at a community college or vocational school. Classes in woodworking, electricity, computer science and blueprint reading are also helpful. In most cases, maintenance technicians learn by watching experienced technicians, carrying out simple tasks until they are ready for the more complex ones.

Career Path: Depending on the state they work in, maintenance technicians may have to become licensed in order to perform difficult plumbing or electrical work. Technicians also have the option of becoming licensed by the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP). In order to become a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional, applicants must complete a program and successfully pass an exam.

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