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4 Easy Steps to be an Apartment Maintenance Technician

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Apartment Maintenance Technician

Mid-South Career Outlook for Apartment Maintenance Technician:

  • Growing demand!
  • They earn about 35x more vs retail workers.
  • Shift work means you have a built-in work/life balance.
  • Millennium Search competes for market rate, often beating the rate by 10% or more.

As our Maintenance Technician, you would be responsible to oversee the general upkeep of our apartments and properties and respond to our tenants’ requests for maintenance in a reasonable timeframe.

Want to learn more about this career? Keep reading to find out the responsibility and requirements for being an apartment maintenance technician.


  • Repairing and unclogging plumbing and drains (tubs, showers, sinks, exterior drains, etc).
  • Cleaning communal areas (sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, removing trash, dusting, etc).
  • Painting interior and exterior walls.
  • Replacing flooring as needed.
  • Oiling doors and gates.
  • Ensuring tenant safety by frequently checking and maintaining alarms, extinguishers, and emergency exits.
  • Answering tenant requests for maintenance and scheduling more technical repairs for them.


  • Strong organizational and time management skills are a must.
  • Independent and reliable worker.
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Physically able to complete all tasks with reasonable accommodations.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Available to be on call 24/7.
  • Previous experience or certifications are a plus.

Wages for Apartment Maintenance Technician

Entry Level: $7.25 to $14.50+ per hour

Mid Career: $15 to $22 per hour, depending on experience.

Outlook on Pay rises over the next 30 years; above average inflation rates but also growing demand. This job is likely to be safe from inflation if you maintain skills and increase tenure with a staffing agency. It may be difficult in the near term to ‘jump-around’ to increase wages.

Pay Increases from Staffing Firms: Firms often raise rate annually, or quarterly, and additionally with new listed client opportunities. Make sure you are not burning a bridge by ghosting on your recruiter, bring up concerns to your recruiter if your work/life balance or pay are not satisfying. They can point you towards steps to increase your value.

How to start working as a Apartment Maintenance Technician

1. Learn your repairing basics

First, learn some skills in a high school shop/technical classes, or postsecondary trade schools specialized repairing course (think A/C or Fridge) or vocational schools, or community colleges. all of these places can teach you what you need to know to confidently take a job.

2. Consider Additional Training

Some places begin by teaching simple tasks, like leaky faucets and replacing receptacles. After gaining experience of the basics, general maintenance and repair workers move on to more difficult tasks, such as overhauling machinery or building walls. You most often learn however by working alongside other on a project.

3. Apply to the right jobs

If you specifically want to work in an apartment, vs an office, or other area – apply with these words in mind. Make sure to ask your recruiter what it entails, and what the market rate is for the specialization.

4. Interview well.

As an apartment maintenance tech, you probably will come across our client’s tenants and interact even briefly. You need to be able to hear and understand a variety of people who may not know the exact issue. Communication skills are key, and a smile doesn’t hurt. But still make sure you know your repair skills terminology!

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FAQs for Apartment Maintenance Technician

Do I need a license? 

Workers may need to be licensed in a particular specialty. Ask your recruiter if you need to provide any before your interview. These requirements can vary depending on the client too, who may need coverage of an expert.

More Information

Sources: BLS.gov | careeronestop.org | Millennium Search LLC’s Job Market Research Department

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