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Building Maintenance Workers

Building Maintenance Workers - Physical Demands

Building maintenance workers frequently:

  • Use their hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
  • Stand for long periods of time.
  • Walk or run for long periods of time.
  • Bend or twist their body.
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  • Repeat the same movements.
  • Kneel, stoop, crouch, or crawl.

It is important for building maintenance workers to be able to:

  • Hold the arm and hand in one position or hold the hand steady while moving the arm.
  • Use one or two hands to grasp, move, or assemble objects.
  • See details of objects that are less than a few feet away.
  • Make quick, precise adjustments to machine controls.
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  • Move two or more limbs together (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while remaining in place.
  • Use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble very small objects.
  • Understand the speech of another person.
  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
  • Bend, stretch, twist, or reach out.
  • Coordinate movement of several parts of the body, such as arms and legs, while the body is moving.
  • Keep or regain the body's balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  • Hear sounds and recognize the difference between them.
  • See details of objects that are more than a few feet away.
  • See differences between colors, shades, and brightness.
  • Use muscles to lift, push, pull, or carry heavy objects.
  • Use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body for long periods without getting tired.

It is not as important, but still necessary, for building maintenance workers to be able to:

  • Be physically active for long periods without getting tired or out of breath.
  • Focus on one source of sound and ignore others.
  • Determine the distance between objects.
  • React quickly using hands, fingers, or feet.
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  • Choose quickly and correctly among various movements when responding to different signals.
  • Adjust body movements or equipment controls to keep pace with speed changes of moving objects.
  • Use muscles to jump, sprint, or throw objects.
  • Use muscles for extended periods without getting tired.
  • See objects in very low light.
  • While looking forward, see objects or movements that are off to the side.
  • See objects in very bright or glaring light.
  • Determine from which direction a sound came.
  • Make fast, repeated movements of fingers, hands, and wrists.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.