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Maintenance & Operations

Employees with careers in maintenance/operations are the people who unload, inspect, and move new equipment into position. They determine the optimal placement of machines in a plant, assemble machinery, install machinery, repair machinery and perform preventive maintenance. 

They detect, diagnose and correct minor problems on machinery. They keep the structure of an establishment in good repair. They maintain the smooth operation of refineries, power plants, chemical plants and mills.

Courses in maintenance and operations making will help prepare students who may be interested in careers such as: 

  • Carpenter                                                         
  • Construction Engineer                                   
  • Construction Foreman/Manager
  • Construction Inspector                                 
  • Demolition Engineer                                      
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Equipment and Material Manager             
  • Estimator                                                         
  • Hazardous Material Remover
  • Manufacturer Representative                     
  • Mason                                                              
  • Safety Director
  • Security and Fire Alarm System Installer  
  • Service Contractor and Field Supervisor   
  • Subcontractor
  • System Installer                                              
  • Wastewater Maintenance Technician

Education Requirements

Community colleges, technical institutions and career technical schools offer one-, two- and three-year programs (including degree and/or certificate programs) in skilled crafts, construction management, construction technology, construction science and engineering technology. Craft training programs run from one to five years.

Four-year colleges and universities offer degree programs in construction management, construction technology, construction science and engineering.

Industry-recognized credentials are available from trade associations, industry-established education foundations and industry consortia.

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