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Working As A Food Service 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

  • $27,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Food Service 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 Food Service 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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Food Service Technician Career Paths

Food Service Technician
Cook Sous Chef Executive Chef
General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Cook Technician Team Leader
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Cook Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Electrician Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Store Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Lead Teacher Assistant Manager
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technical Support Specialist Quality Assurance Analyst
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Executive Assistant Operations Manager
Service Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Executive Assistant Owner
Owner And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Coordinator Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Maintenance Supervisor
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Foreman Service Manager
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$27,000
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$17,000
Min 10%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Children's Health
Highest Paying City
Minneapolis, MN
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Food Service Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Food Service Technician in the United States is $27,407 per year or $13 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $17,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $43,000.

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Top Skills for A Food Service Technician

  1. Food Preparation
  2. Meal Trays
  3. Food Service Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed food preparation, customer service and housekeeping.
  • Executed delivery and collection of patient menus and meal trays for over 50 patients.
  • Work involves performing preventative maintenance functions equipment and facility repairs and installations, assembling devices and installing food service equipment components.
  • Performed preventive maintenance on HVAC, Refrigeration systems, walk-in coolers, walk-in freezers and commercial kitchen equipment.
  • Developed excellent customer service and interpersonal skills by interacting with customers daily.

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Top 10 Best States for Food Service Technicians

  1. North Dakota
  2. Wyoming
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Minnesota
  5. Alaska
  6. Montana
  7. South Dakota
  8. Iowa
  9. Hawaii
  10. Idaho
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Food Service Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

51.9%

Male

36.9%

Unknown

11.2%
Ethnicity

White

62.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

13.7%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

71.4%

French

14.3%

German

7.1%

Hmong

7.1%
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Food Service Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.8%

University of Central Oklahoma

6.5%

Community College of the Air Force

6.5%

Ashford University

5.4%

Johnson & Wales University

5.4%

North Carolina State University

5.4%

Ozarks Technical Community College

5.4%

Rockingham Community College

5.4%

American InterContinental University

5.4%

Alamance Community College

4.3%

Appalachian State University

4.3%

Guilford Technical Community College

4.3%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

4.3%

Eastern Nazarene College

4.3%

Liberty University

4.3%

Radford University

4.3%

Tidewater Community College

4.3%

Wake Technical Community College

3.3%

Michigan State University

3.3%

Lenoir Community College

3.3%
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Majors

Business

16.3%

Medical Assisting Services

7.5%

General Studies

7.2%

Food And Nutrition

6.7%

Health Care Administration

6.7%

Criminal Justice

6.5%

Nursing

5.3%

Culinary Arts

5.0%

Psychology

5.0%

Accounting

3.8%

Management

3.6%

Nursing Assistants

3.6%

Information Technology

3.6%

Pharmacy

3.1%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

Dietetics

2.9%

Communication

2.6%

Hospitality Management

2.6%

Human Resources Management

2.4%

Human Services

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

40.7%

Bachelors

23.4%

Associate

17.2%

Certificate

10.3%

Masters

4.6%

Diploma

3.1%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.1%
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