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Maintenance Assistant


Help installation, maintenance, and repair workers in maintenance, parts replacement, and repair of vehicles, industrial machinery, and electrical and electronic equipment.  Assist skilled trades employees and/or independently perform semiskilled maintenance tasks.  Perform 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.  Basic knowledge of standard concepts, practices, and procedures of the maintenance field.  Rely on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.  Perform a variety of tasks.  Works under immediate supervision.  Exercise little creativity and latitude.  Typically report to a Maintenance Supervisor or Maintenance Manager.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Transfer tools, parts, equipment, and supplies to and from work stations and other areas
  • Disassemble broken or defective equipment to facilitate repair and reassemble equipment when repairs are complete
  • Order new parts to maintain inventory
  • Install or replace machinery, equipment, and new or replacement parts and instruments, using hand or power tools
  • Examine and test machinery, equipment, components, and parts for defects to ensure proper functioning
  • Hold or supply tools, parts, equipment, and supplies for other workers
  • Position vehicles, machinery, equipment, physical structures, and other objects for assembly or installation, using hand tools, power tools, and moving equipment
  • Adjust, maintain, and repair tools, equipment, and machines, and assist more skilled workers with similar tasks
  • Diagnose electrical problems and install and rewire electrical components
  • Adjust, connect, or disconnect wiring, piping, tubing, and other parts, using hand or power tools
  • Clean or lubricate vehicles, machinery, equipment, instruments, tools, work areas, and other objects, using hand tools, power tools, and cleaning equipment
  • Prepare work stations for use by mechanics and repairers
  • Assemble and maintain physical structures, using hand or power tools
  • Tend and observe equipment and machinery to verify efficient and safe operation
  • Apply protective materials to equipment, components, and parts to prevent defects and corrosion
  • Design, weld, and fabricate parts, using blueprints or other mechanical plans
  • May operate University of Florida (UF) vehicles
  • Perform other duties, as assigned

Education and Experience

  • Completion of the ninth (9th) grade and one (1) year of appropriate experience
  • Appropriate vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience

Licensure and Certification

Florida Class E operator (driver) license (if required to work at remote locations)


  • Typically report to a Maintenance Supervisor or Maintenance Manager
  • Works under immediate supervision
  • Does not directly supervise
  • Does not lead or direct the work of others

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