7 Skills to Include on Your Maintenance Mechanic Resume

By Greg Hullinger VP, Skilled Trades Division

Maintenance mechanics are responsible for inspecting, fixing, and maintaining equipment in a place of business.

In recent years, much of the equipment these professionals are responsible for has become more complicated. Today’s maintenance workers must be as comfortable with analog tools as they are with modern electronics and computer systems.

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re an experienced maintenance mechanic, here are the seven essential skills to include on any maintenance resume.

Technical abilities

Many technical schools, trade schools, and community colleges have certificate and degree programs for those who are curious about becoming mechanics. These programs will normally offer classroom and hands-on mechanical training. Programs may take from six months to two years to finish, depending on the certificate or degree being sought.

Detail oriented

A maintenance mechanic should appreciate detailed work since many job duties require intricate and precise technical work.

Also, with so many machines in a typical production facility, a maintenance worker should be able to quickly spot anything that upsets the overall flow. Now and again, a keen eye for detail could save thousands or millions of dollars in breakdown and/or accident costs.

Problem-solving ability

Maintenance mechanics are responsible for diagnosing the root cause of a mechanical problem and applying a solution. While some problems have an obvious solution, many problems are difficult to diagnose. This means a maintenance worker must be good at coming up with both conventional and unconventional solutions.

Organizational skills

Some maintenance workers, especially those with administrative tasks, are responsible for developing and implementing a routine maintenance program to keep a facility’s equipment up and running. Developing this program requires both technical know-how and the capacity to organize for maximum efficiency.

Physical ability

Maintenance workers are often required to get into tight spaces, climb onto elevated work areas or perform maintenance in strenuous conditions, such as extreme heat or cold. These requirements test a maintenance worker’s physical ability.

Furthermore, maintenance work often involves heavy lifting or odd schedules – both of which can be physically draining.

Able to work quickly under pressure

Time is money, as the saying goes, and when an important piece of production equipment breaks down, management knows it must get up and running as quickly as possible.

Maintenance workers must be able to work quickly under pressure to maintain production levels. If a maintenance worker succumbs to pressure or does everything at a snail’s pace, they will not thrive in most work environments.


The job of a maintenance worker can be completely different from day to day. They might be asked to come in late at night to fix a vital piece of machinery. They might be asked to learn all about a new piece of equipment that has been brought in. They might be invited into a meeting to explain extremely technical matters to people in very basic terms.

The varying nature of the job calls for a person who is capable of performing a variety of tasks.

At NSC, we’ve helped all kind of professionals put together eye-catching resumes. If you’re currently looking for a new job and want your resume reviewed by one of our knowledgeable professionals, please contact us today.

Greg Hullinger VP, Skilled Trades Division

Greg Hullinger VP, Skilled Trades Division

Greg Hullinger is the leader of NSC’s Skilled Trades division, a team dedicated to helping industrial and commercial clients staff projects with the business’s best tradespeople. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the division, ensuring continued growth for the organization and its people. Greg brings over eight years of experience in the staffing industry and over twenty years of sales leadership experience. He is passionate about creating opportunities for individuals, improving communities, and bridging the nationwide gap in skilled trades.

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