Installation and Maintenance Work Helper  What They Do

Just the Facts


Helps installation, maintenance, and repair workers in maintenance, parts replacement, and repair of vehicles, industrial machinery, and electrical and electronic equipment. Performs duties, such as furnishing tools, materials, and supplies to other workers; cleaning work area, machines, and tools; and holding materials or tools for other workers.

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Maintenance/Operations pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Transfers tools, parts, equipment, and supplies to and from work stations and other areas.
  • Disassembles broken or defective equipment in order to facilitate repair; reassembles equipment when repairs are complete.
  • Installs or replaces machinery, equipment, and new or replacement parts and instruments, using hand tools or power tools.
  • Examines and tests machinery, equipment, components, and parts for defects, and to ensure proper functioning.
  • Holds or supplies tools, parts, equipment, and supplies for other workers.
  • Adjusts, maintains, and repairs tools, equipment, and machines, and assists more skilled workers with similar tasks.
  • Positions vehicles, machinery, equipment, physical structures, and other objects for assembly or installation, using hand tools, power tools, and moving equipment.
  • Adjusts, connects, or disconnects wiring, piping, tubing, and other parts, using hand tools or power tools.
  • Cleans or lubricates vehicles, machinery, equipment, instruments, tools, work areas, and other objects, using hand tools, power tools, and cleaning equipment.
  • Assembles and maintains physical structures, using hand tools or power tools.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 50 lbs., sometimes up to 100 lbs. You will need a lot of strength at this level.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time
  • Work at heights above 8 feet more than once a month on structures such as ladders, poles, scaffolding, and catwalks

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Maintaining a body position that prevents falling when in an unstable position
  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

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  • Millwright Helper -- Assists millwright in installing, dismantling, and moving machines, conveyors, and other equipment.
  • Air Conditioner Installer Helper --
  • Blacksmith Assistant --
  • Gas Fitter Helper --
  • Solar Energy System Installer Helper --