Maintenance Mania® is a national competition where maintenance technicians compete against each other in skill-based games built around common maintenance activities. The competition includes a pinewood derby style car race where the cars are made out of maintenance supplies.
NAA affiliates host Maintenance Mania® events across the country to recognize maintenance technicians with awards, prizes and bragging rights. Winners from each local event get a chance to qualify for a spot at the National Championship held at the Apartmentalize, NAA's annual Education Conference & Exposition.
Maintenance Mania® Games
There are eight events that are standard for all Maintenance Mania® programs. Each race is open to every Maintenance Mania® participant. To view the competitor training videos click on the link for each game below. Please note, these videos are for the 2016-2017 season.
SmartBurner™ Heating Element Installation
- SmartBurner™ Heating Element Installation Training Resource (This is quick guide to provide further reference to the game.)
Maintenance Mania® Official Rules
2018-2019 Participant Rulebook
2017-2018 Spanish Participant Rulebook
Awards & Prizes
Awards are determined by each affiliate for their event. Most affiliates provide awards to the three fastest competitors in each of the eight events.
Maintenance technicians are recognized for their speed and skills by their NAA affiliates with certificates, trophies or prizes. Each local event is organized individually by the affiliates with support from their vendor members so the form of recognition offered may vary but the following categories are usually awarded:
- First, Second and Third Place for the overall event
- First Place for each of the individual games
- Best Use of Maintenance Supplies in a Race Car
- People’s Choice Race Car
Participants must compete in all eight games to win the overall event and to qualify for the National Championship.
How to Compete
Nearly 20,000 maintenance technicians have signed up to compete in Maintenance Mania® since the program’s introduction. Participants must be members or employed by a member company in order to qualify for the National Championship.
If you are interested in competing, please check the Event Calendar or contact your local affiliate.
Participants can only compete in one Maintenance Mania® event each year.
The Maintenance Mania® National Championship decides who will be the Fastest Maintenance Technician in the Country. Over 700 spectators crowded the arena on the floor of the NAA Education Conference & Exposition to watch the best technicians compete for the Championship Cup, a Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technicians (CAMT) scholarship*, and a pot of more than $20,000 in cash and prizes.
Each year, 20 finalists are selected to receive free airfare, hotel accommodations, and registration to the Apartmentalize, NAA's annual Education Conference & Exposition. The participant with the fastest combined time in each of the 10 NAA regions qualifies as a Regional Finalist. The Wild Card Finalists are then selected from among the top three qualifiers nationwide.
Note: you must be a member in good standing with an affiliated association or a direct member of NAA and be employed full-time as a maintenance technician at a member community to be eligible to compete at the Maintenance Mania National Championship.
*If offered by the local NAA affiliate at the time of winning.