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To be a mechanical planner, it’s essential that you have the experience you need to back it up. Here is what employers are looking for as the essential qualifications to be a mechanical planner.

Job Overview

The main responsibilities of a maintenance planner or mechanical planner are centered around the servicing of equipment through preventative care measures. This is so that operations in a facility can continue uninterrupted. Examples of the typical work environment for this position include anything from schools to office buildings or mechanical rooms. Relevant work experience (5-7 years) and completion of high school or a GED are usually the requirements needed for maintenance planning jobs. The median salary for this role is around $96,000 for all administrative services manager per the 2018 projections of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Training and Education

The preferred level of education for mechanical planners is a high school diploma or GED certificate. In some cases, job experience may be an adequate substitute with ideal candidates holding between 5 to 7 years of on the job experience. Appropriate job training and the development of relevant skills are a must to succeed in this role. This is in large part due to the safety concerns that need to be at the core of a mechanical planner’s skill set and knowledge base.

Required Experience and Expertise

The creation and implementation of a strong preventive maintenance program is a mechanical planner’s core function. If an existing plan is in place when a new planner joins an organization, it is always important to perform an in-depth evaluation of those plans to help determine if any changes need to be made. Often new hires bring a wealth of experience from other companies or recent training that can be helpful in updating old plans. It is a critical role for mechanical planners to understand the needs of the business and the equipment, and prepare for necessary services before breakdowns occur. In order to accomplish this goal, routine inspections are performed, and the corresponding services provided.

During these critical inspections, a maintenance planner needs to collect data about the condition of equipment and machinery, make adjustments and repairs as becomes necessary. Equipment such as air handlers, compressors, fans, water chillers, and pumps are common items checked by a maintenance planner. Understanding each piece of equipment and any specific recommendations by the manufacturer are essential. The maintenance planner then is required to fill out necessary reports, and work duties are assigned regularly to other preventive maintenance workers.

Mechanical planners require a particular set of skills to safely maintain and repair all the various equipment in a facility while remaining alert and focused on the long term goal of the business and the safety of the broader team. Experience in building or mechanical repair is generally the most important aspect of a candidate’s resume, as many of these skills cannot be developed in a classroom alone.

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