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How Maintenance Will Revolutionize the World (Chapter 2)

*For the next 4 weeks, UpKeep will be releasing chapters from our upcoming publication, How Maintenance Will Revolutionize the World. This is the first installment and includes chapters 1-3. Chapter 1 can be found here.

 

 

THE MAGNITUDE OF MAINTENANCE
“Because the work of every person is built on the work of another, we all rely on one another. Work connects us all.”
-Hilda Solis

 

Chapter 2: The Magnitude of Maintenance

Defining Maintenance
Let’s take a moment to look at the current maintenance industry as a whole.

“The Functional Maintenance Organization and Its People.” Rules of Thumb for Maintenance and Reliability Engineers, by Ricky Smith and R. Keith Mobley, Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann, 2008, pp. 28–28.

As seen in the above chart, ‘Maintenance’ is often made up of an array of departments including operations, facility management and more. For our purposes, we’ll use the general term ‘maintenance’ throughout this book to encompass all of the departments that work in harmony to keep facilities running smoothly.

The Scope of Maintenance

In the US workforce alone, there are over 1.4 million general maintenance and repair workers keeping life as we know it running.[5] You may be intimately familiar with how your specific industry impacts the world at large, but consider how all facets of the maintenance community work together to keep it spinning. You all not only sustain huge sectors such as wastewater treatment, 3D printing and manufacturing, but also keep families’ homes safe and the local hospital functional. Not to mention conserving the road between the two. 

Here are some statistics on the breadth of maintenance’s impact on industries across the nation:

The number of people employed as Installation, maintenance, & repair occupations has been declining at a rate of -0.67%, from 4,532,763 people in 2016 to 4,502,391 people in 2017. This graphic shows the share of Installation, maintenance, & repair occupations employed by various industries. Automotive repair & maintenance employs the largest share of Installation, maintenance, & repair occupations at 14.5%, followed by Construction with 11.3% and Car Dealers with 5.55%. Data provided by the Census Bureau ACS PUMS 1-Year Estimate.

In terms of impact on society, consider just one of the industries within maintenance – manufacturing. U.S. manufacturing alone is so large that if it were its own country, it would rank as the eighth-largest economy in the world.[6] Manufacturing accounts for an incredible $2.17 trillion of the total U.S. economy and is on the rise, up by more than 27 percent from 2009.”[7]

The truth is, maintenance workers like you are responsible for sustaining every building humans step foot into, every utility used, every product consumed – really every industry in every country in the world. The impact of your work is felt everyday, and that’s why we call you heroes.

The reason to invest in getting ahead of technology isn’t a selfish one. Imagine the ripple effects on our world if we were able to make your role in it even more productive, even more efficient and a whole lot safer?

CONTINUE TO CHAPTER 3 HERE

4. “The Functional Maintenance Organization and Its People.” Rules of Thumb for Maintenance and Reliability Engineers, by Ricky Smith and R. Keith Mobley, Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann, 2008, pp. 28.
5. “General Maintenance and Repair Workers : Occupational Outlook Handbook:” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12 Apr. 2019, www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/general-maintenance-and-repair-workers.htm#tab-3.
6. “U.S. Manufacturing Is the World’s Tenth Largest Economy.” The Manufacturing Institute, Apr. 2014, www.themanufacturinginstitute.org/Research/Facts-About-Manufacturing/Economy-and-Jobs/8th-Largest-Economy/8th-Largest-Economy.aspx.
7. Leary, Nora. “How Technology Is Changing Manufacturing and Its Workforce.” Reliable Plant, Noria Corporation, 2 Mar. 2016, www.reliableplant.com/Read/30423/technology-changing-manufacturing.