Building Maintenance Workers

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Building Maintenance Workers

Building Maintenance Workers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, building maintenance workers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social interaction. They discuss repairs with tenants, owners, and coworkers.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of people who live and work in buildings.
  • Are responsible for the work outcomes of the people they supervise.
  • Use the telephone daily.
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  • Write letters and memos sometimes.
  • Work with others as part of a team.
  • Have face-to-face conversations with people daily.
  • On occasion are placed in conflict situations in which others may be rude or angry.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often wear protective attire, such as work gloves, hard hats, leather aprons, back support, and sturdy boots.
  • Usually work indoors, but may on occasion work outdoors repairing foundations and exteriors.
  • Work in hazardous situations or with hazardous equipment weekly. Injuries are possible from electrical shocks, cuts, or falls.
  • Are often exposed to machine sounds and noises that are distracting and uncomfortable.
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  • Work with contaminants often such as oils, solvents, and paints.
  • May be exposed to very hot or cold temperatures weekly.
  • Enter cramped work places monthly that require getting into awkward positions.
  • Are sometimes in high places such as roofs or on ladders.
  • Work in conditions of bright or inadequate lighting weekly.
  • May work near others.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done. This is important, especially when working in hazardous conditions.
  • Have the potential to make serious mistakes that are difficult to correct.
  • May repeat the same physical tasks during the day.
  • Can make most decisions and set most tasks without consulting a supervisor.
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  • Meet strict maintenance schedules weekly.
  • Work physically near other people when working on equipment or in tight spaces with others.


  • Usually work a standard 40-hour week.
  • May be on-call for emergencies.
  • May work some evenings, weekends, or holidays.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.