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Working As A Building Services Technician

  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $49,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Building Services Technician Do

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians, also called mechanics, inspect, maintain, and repair vehicles and machinery used in construction, farming, rail transportation, and other industries.

Duties

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians typically do the following:

  • Consult equipment operating manuals, blueprints, and drawings
  • Perform scheduled maintenance, such as cleaning and lubricating parts
  • Diagnose and identify malfunctions, using computerized tools and equipment
  • Inspect, repair, and replace defective or worn parts, such as bearings, pistons, and gears
  • Overhaul and test major components, such as engines, hydraulics, and electrical systems
  • Disassemble and reassemble heavy equipment and components
  • Travel to worksites to repair large equipment, such as cranes
  • Maintain logs of equipment condition and work performed

Heavy vehicles and mobile equipment are critical to many industrial activities, including construction and railroad transportation. Various types of equipment, such as tractors, cranes, and bulldozers, are used to haul materials, till land, lift beams, and dig earth to pave the way for development and construction.

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians repair and maintain engines, hydraulic systems, transmissions, and electrical systems of agricultural, industrial, construction, and rail equipment. They ensure the performance and safety of fuel lines, brakes, and other systems.

Service technicians use diagnostic computers and equipment to identify problems and make adjustments or repairs. For example, they may use an oscilloscope to observe the signals produced by electronic components. Service technicians also use many different power and machine tools, including pneumatic wrenches, lathes, and welding equipment. A pneumatic tool, such as an impact wrench, is an air tool powered by compressed air.

Service technicians also use many different hand tools, such as screwdrivers, pliers, and wrenches, to work on small parts and in hard-to-reach areas. They generally purchase these tools over the course of their careers, often investing thousands of dollars in their inventory.

After identifying malfunctioning equipment, service technicians repair, replace, and recalibrate components such as hydraulic pumps and spark plugs. This may involve disassembling and reassembling major equipment or making adjustments through an onboard computer program.

Farm equipment mechanics and service technicians service and repair farm equipment, such as tractors and harvesters. They also work on smaller consumer-grade lawn and garden tractors. Most work for dealer repair shops, where farmers increasingly send their equipment for maintenance.   

Mobile heavy equipment mechanics repair and maintain construction and surface mining equipment, such as bulldozers, cranes, graders, and excavators. Most work for governments, equipment rental and leasing shops, and large construction and mining companies.

Rail car repairers specialize in servicing railroad locomotives, subway cars, and other rolling stock. They usually work for railroad, public and private transit companies, and rail car manufacturers.

For information about technicians and mechanics who work primarily on automobiles, see the profile on automotive service technicians and mechanics.

For information about technicians and mechanics who work primarily on large trucks and buses, see the profile on diesel service technicians and mechanics.

For information about technicians and mechanics who primarily work on motorboats, motorcycles, and small all-terrain vehicles, see the profile on small engine mechanics.

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How To Become A Building Services Technician

Most heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians have a high school diploma or equivalent. Because vehicle and equipment technology is increasingly sophisticated and computerized, some employers prefer to hire service technicians who have completed a formal training program at a postsecondary institution.

Education

Most heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians have a high school diploma or equivalent. High school courses in automotive repair, electronics, physics, and welding provide a strong foundation for a service technician’s career. However, high school graduates often need further training to become fully qualified.

Completing a vocational or other postsecondary training program in diesel technology or heavy equipment mechanics is increasingly considered the best preparation for some entry-level positions. Offered by vocational schools and community colleges, these programs cover the basics of diagnostic techniques, electronics, and other related subjects. Most programs last 1 to 2 years and lead to certificates of completion. Other programs, which lead to associate’s degrees, generally take 2 years to complete.

Training

Entry-level workers with no formal background in heavy vehicle repair often receive a few months of on-the-job training before they begin performing routine service tasks and making minor repairs. Trainees advance to more complex work as they show competence, and usually become fully qualified after 3 to 4 years of work.

Service technicians who have completed a postsecondary training program in diesel technology or heavy equipment mechanics require less training.

Many employers send new service technicians to training sessions conducted by equipment manufacturers. Training sessions may focus on particular components and technologies or types of equipment.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some manufacturers offer certification in specific repair methods or equipment. Although not required, certification can demonstrate a service technician’s competence and usually commands higher pay.

Important Qualities

Dexterity. Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians must perform many tasks, such as disassembling engine parts, connecting or attaching components, and using hand tools, with a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination.

Mechanical skills. Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians must be familiar with engine components and systems and know how they interact with each other. They must often disassemble major parts for repairs and be able to reassemble them.

Organizational skills. Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians must maintain accurate service records and parts inventories.

Physical strength. Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians must be able to lift and move heavy equipment, tools, and parts without risking injury.

Troubleshooting skills. Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians must be familiar with diagnostic equipment, which can help find the source of malfunctions when they are difficult to identify.

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Building Services Technician Career Paths

Building Services Technician
Service Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician Electrician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Superintendent
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Machine Builder Field Service Technician Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Machine Builder Electrician Supervisor
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Machine Builder Tool And Die Maker Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Service Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Supervisor Superintendent
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Service Manager
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Lead Engineer Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Supervisor Field Supervisor
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Superintendent Quality Control Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Instructor Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Mail Clerk Facilities Coordinator
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Cab Driver Production Leader
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
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Building Services Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

78.4%

Female

11.5%

Unknown

10.1%
Ethnicity

White

63.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Black or African American

10.1%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Portuguese

22.2%

Spanish

22.2%

Nepali

11.1%

Hindi

11.1%

Berber

5.6%

Cantonese

5.6%

French

5.6%

Carrier

5.6%

Mandarin

5.6%

Arabic

5.6%
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Building Services Technician Education

Schools

Murray State University

18.6%

University of North Dakota

6.8%

University of Phoenix

6.8%

Macomb Community College

6.8%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

5.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.1%

Indiana University Northwest

5.1%

Valparaiso University

5.1%

Springfield Technical Community College

3.4%

West Kentucky Community and Technical College

3.4%

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

3.4%

Oakland University

3.4%

Jackson College

3.4%

Bakersfield College

3.4%

Western New England College

3.4%

Prince George's Community College

3.4%

Gateway Technical College

3.4%

Morehead State University

3.4%

University of Cincinnati

3.4%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.4%
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Majors

Business

16.2%

Electrical Engineering

9.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

8.4%

Heating And Air Conditioning

7.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

6.5%

General Studies

5.8%

Industrial Technology

5.2%

Management

5.2%

Criminal Justice

5.2%

Computer Science

3.2%

Automotive Technology

3.2%

Psychology

3.2%

Construction Management

3.2%

Accounting

3.2%

Nursing

2.6%

Social Work

2.6%

Communication

2.6%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

39.5%

Bachelors

23.5%

Associate

18.9%

Certificate

6.7%

Diploma

5.5%

Masters

4.2%

License

1.7%
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Top Skills for A Building Services Technician

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Life Safety Systems
  3. Hvac
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared and administered preventative maintenance work orders.
  • Fire and life safety systems test and maintenance.
  • Perform routine building maintenance to include but not limited to electrical and plumbing repair, HVAC service, and grounds keeping.
  • Completed build-outs and all general facility repairs and maintenance in a timely and professional manner.
  • Conducted quality customer service between residents and guests adding a pleasant atmosphere to the environment.

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