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Maintenance / Repair jobs – what you need to know

Jobs in this area involve the support of various systems and structures in a variety of industries. This means resolving problems using knowledge about how they have occurred. All products decay over time and require periodic maintenance / repair. This means that maintenance jobs are spread over many different sectors. Where there are machines are present, maintenance will at some point be required. The importance of job roles in this area relate to a necessity to maintain operations and establish continuity. In small scale companies, maintenance / repair personnel may work alone, but in larger organisations they are likely to find themselves as part of a team.

What is the work like?

Demand for maintenance / repair jobs has been seen in line with the development of Sri Lanka’s tertiary sector, which includes hotels and other services. With tourists and businesspeople seeking hotels, there is an increasing requirement for maintenance and repairs. More generally, maintenance / repair jobs in Sri Lanka exist in a wide range of industries, including transport and engineering. Two well known job roles are Mechanic and Technician. Roles within the area vary but also have several common traits, which include:

    • Responding to requests and alerts when a malfunction has been identified to provide repair support
    • Diagnosing the problem and fixing it to resolve the issue
    • Ordering any new parts that are required in order to fix the problem
    • Installing new components
    • Effective time management to ensure swift responses, including the prioritisation of tasks according to urgency and importance
    • Organising schedules of when various components require checks
    • Providing maintenance to prevent potential problems
    • Monitoring any issues in order to act immediately if they worsen

What kind of skills does the Maintenance / Repair industry look for?

The skills required are highly dependent upon the particular industry you work for. Engineering maintenance is likely to require more formal qualification given its highly technical nature. By contrast, work as a mechanic may require little or no formal qualification and instead is based on learning on-the-job. Important in the sector is experience, as much of the work is based on solving problems – experience means knowledge that is likely to include having solved similar problems before. Given this, employers looking to fill maintenance / repair vacancies are likely to seek out candidates with experience. If you are lacking in experience in the area, getting an internship or traineeship can help you get your foot in the door.

In order to work in maintenance / repair, you should ideally have a good understanding of how things fit together. This is important when diagnosing where issues lie. For example, a car mechanic understands the parts contained within a motor and is therefore able to use this understanding to isolate the source of the problem and make steps to resolve it. Good problem solving skills are also desirable. Being able to think rationally and logically will help you to weigh up alternative solutions and overcome problems. An understanding of mathematical and scientific principles are often useful in solving the problems faced. As roles within the industry often require the use of tools, it is desirable to have good hand-eye coordination.

Maintenance / repair vacancies are widespread and offer a stable, attractive future. Through Everjobs you can find specific job roles and apply now!

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