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Craft and Trade Workers - There are numerous types of craft and trade workers that keep a healthcare facility operating properly. Without them, our healthcare facilities would be dirty and falling apart. These specialties include:

Plumbers, pipe layers, pipe fitters and steamfitters
General maintenance and repair workers

Each of these workers have a special duty or set of duties that they are in charge of.

Plumbers install and repair the water, waste disposal, drainage, and gas systems in healthcare facility buildings. Virtually all pipe layers, plumbers, pipe fitters, and steamfitters undergo some type of apprenticeship training. Average salary $43,800/yr.

Electricians install, connect, test, and maintain electrical systems for a variety of purposes, including climate control, security, and communications. Although most electricians specialize in construction or maintenance, a growing number do both. Average salary $48,000/yr.

General maintenance and repair workers, have skills in many different crafts. They repair and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings and work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems. Many general maintenance and repair workers learn their skills informally on the job, completing an apprenticeship program lasting 3 to 5 years. Average salary $33,000/yr.

Painters apply paint, stain, varnish, and other finishes to buildings and other structures. They choose the right paint or finish for the surface to be covered, taking into account durability, ease of handling and method of application. Painting and paperhanging are learned through apprenticeship or informal, on-the-job instruction. Average salary $36,000/yr.

* All wages and salaries based on 2009 statistics.