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How Do I Become a Maintenance Assistant?

Jennifer Leigh
Jennifer Leigh

Individuals hoping to become a maintenance assistant can take a number of paths towards meeting their goal. If you are interested in this line of work, there are many areas to choose from, as maintenance assistants are needed in numerous industries. An education is helpful but not always necessary, as much of the training is done on-the-job and informally. Licensure and certification varies depending on the type of work that is being done and differs from state to state.

Maintenance assistants work in almost every industry making repairs and cleaning various areas and items. Become a maintenance assistant by looking for positions in an industry that you are interested in. Simply contacting an organization and going through the application process could land you a job. You need to have a few references and possibly a resume that lists your previous work experience and skills in order to be hired. An interview occurs after filling out the initial application for the position, so prepare for the interview by dressing professionally and showing up on time.

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In order to become a maintenance assistant, you do not necessarily need to have a formal education in the subject. Knowledge of the maintenance procedures are primarily learned by watching others while on-the-job. A high school diploma is required by some organizations to become a maintenance assistant, but this is not always necessary to get hired. There are some formal education programs in certain maintenance areas such as airplanes, so if this is an interest of yours, you might want to consider taking classes at a technical institution.

During high school, those who wish to become a maintenance assistant should attempt to take classes in the area they are interested in. This provides some experience that potential employers find to be valuable, and can cause your application to stand out from the rest. High schools often offer courses in wood working, metal working and auto mechanics that can be helpful during a job as a maintenance assistant.

In certain cases, it is possible to become a maintenance assistant that is certified or licensed. This usually occurs after completing a number of hours on-the-job, but this varies depending on the industry and the exact type of work that you are doing. Once hired, inquire about possible opportunities in certification and licensure to find out if this is possible in your line of work.

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