Military Maintenance Officers

Military Career

General Information

Description

Maintenance officers manage repairs of electrical and electronic equipment, machine shops, and other technical systems. They direct others in maintenance tasks and inspect systems to ensure top-notch operation. Technical tasks can include disassembly, cleaning, replacing parts, calibrating, and diagnosing malfunctions of equipment, machinery, and electronic systems. They may keep detailed records of the repairs performed and the need for future maintenance.

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Work Environment

Maintenance officers work mostly in offices located in maintenance yards, shops, and garages; at times they may oversee an install or repair in a different location (e.g., hospital).

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Maintenance Officers in the Military

24,123

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Salary

Average Salary

$70,584

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 54%
  • Some college 16%
  • Post-secondary certificate 13%
  • Bachelor's degree 7%
  • Associate's degree 3%
  • Less than high school 3%
  • Doctoral degree 2%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Like other officers, maintenance officers complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Additional training consists of classroom and field training. Job-specific training content may include: Management of electrical and electronics maintenanceUse of management information systemsLogistics and operational support functionsLife cycle systems management Hazardous waste management

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Administration and Management
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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